So as you all can see I’m new here. Basically I’m trying to reboot my Japanese learning.
So to give a little background I’ve been in Japan for about 10 years. I’m married to a Japanese and have two kids enrolled in Japanese preschool. I used to work at a Japanese company that helped support the US bases. My level of Japanese is kinda… uncatorgorizable.
I passed N3 pretty easily a few years ago. But I feel low level. Basically most of my study is just Japanese to live and work in Japan. So I know a lot of complex words and grammar but completely struggle on stuff traditional students mastered as beginners.
I’m having a hard time really pinpointing weakness. From the Iknow and other placement tests I’m sitting at intermediate to advanced (n2+) but I don’t feel that way.
Plus I have a nasty habit of fixating on stuff I don’t feel (whatever that’s supposed to be) is cemented. And I will always start over from basic and boring stuff like これは本です。and enevitably get bored of it. So it’s hard to start from the bottom again and it’s hard to study piecemeal.
For instance I was looking at the "I speak Japanese " thread and although I could accomplish the speaking tasks some users generated I struggled and it sounded bad but my husband and mil understood me.
Generally I don’t have much problems on being understood should I know the subject matter and associated vocab.
It just sounds like crap.
Sorry for dribbling on.
But anyone else know the feeling? Perhaps some other self study long term residents with Franken Japanese may be able to understand?
And if you felt this way how do you pick yourself up? How do you go from blah to yah?
I really need to improve