I had planned to work on WK and my other programs while in Japan. By the time I realized that it wasn’t going to work that way, it seemed too late to change the settings. So, I just worked my way through!
Last night, hubby and I were watching Japanese Originator together. No English subtitles. We would pause so I could read the Japanese text on the screen. He kept commenting that most of the people being interviewed had really heavy accents… I think he needed the subtitles too!
He is Japanese, we have been married for 25 years. He doesn’t feel able to teach Japanese to the kids (20 and up), but I think we are all at a high enough level that he can now help us! I wish there had been a better opportunity for us to have learned 10-20 years ago.
Our youngest has been in Tokyo for almost two years, attending university. Our next youngest just went over for a four month internship. Our oldest is trying to get things in order so that he can go back to university in Japan next year.
All that said (long post, I know), I am no longer illiterate in Japanese! I can normally pick up a fair amount of information from a spoken conversation now. I still need speech to be seriously slowed down in order to really feel comfortable, but I am getting there.