So, my journey with Japanese is a weird one. Had a mild interest in trying to learn Japanese years ago, learned to read kana, signed up for WK free tier, lost interest after a week, quit.
This year, work sent me to Japan in January for a month – didn’t need to know Japanese for the work I was doing, but I knew about the trip four months ahead, so I crammed kana knowledge + basic grammar in a panic, since I felt like I would be completely lost otherwise. Finished the trip having learned…not as much as I’d like. I was always embarrassed to try to say anything half the time so after I got home, I figured I would passively read up on vocab and actually try WK this time. Fast forward to today, I’ve learned a lot of kanji, and can parse simple grammar, but I never get any in-person practice!
Lo and behold, there’s a private Japanese school literally half a mile from my home. I’m going today for the first class, and realizing that I spent little to no time actually practicing writing! Typing yes, writing no. I spent all day yesterday trying to make sure I remembered how to actually write kana, and I keep forgetting how to write things like レ so, anyways, nervous as hell.
I’m going to figure out this language though…somehow.
(yes, this reads like a 日記 entry but I do wonder if anyone has had a similar experience)