I had a really great Japanese experience today and feel compelled to share!
I’ve been studying Japanese for a looooong while, since 2008, but I’m still kind of an N4ish level because self taught, studying off-and-on, and dealing w a lot of life and mental illness getting in the way. Lately, the latter has REALLY been getting in the way. Even though I have such a strong desire to learn Japanese, sometimes it’s so hard to get the motivation to even do ten reviews, and it’s really easy to get down on myself like “I should know way more Japanese by now since it’s been a decade,” stuff like that.
Today I went to get my hair done. I’ve recently moved to a new city, so I’ve been trying out new places. My stylist said he was from Japan, and I asked what part and such, and he asked if I’d been. I said no, but I’d like to, and I decided to go for it and tell him that I was studying. He switched to Japanese and I went along with it and somehow… managed just fine? It was my second time ever actually practicing speaking Japanese since my uni course in 2008, so I really had no idea I had it in me. We didn’t switch back to English at all, even for stuff about my hair, and at the end of it, HE thanked ME for some reason. I was like, lol, dude, you don’t understand how helpful this was. I’m still kind of in disbelief that I actually did it and was so comfortable.
I’m feeling so much more confident and motivated, so here’s hoping I can ride this wave. I’ve been super petrified to try speaking Japanese w a native speaker, but now I know I can, so hopefully this is the push I need to find a conversation group or finally join a class or something! Learning a language is hard when you’re shy ^^;
Have you ever had a moment like this where you suddenly realized, oh heck, hang on, I KNOW Japanese!?