That feeling when you learn a new word


#1

and then hear it used in actual conversation the next day and you’re like “wait… what… omg I literally felt that synapse connect in my brain”

damn thats a good feeling.

edit: the word in question was 解雇(する) luckily it wasn’t in regards to me ^_^;


#2

I love it when two words that don’t seem to make any sense (“Why on earth am I learning THAT?”) suddenly show up together to make a really useful and common word. Case in point: I had no idea why “lodge” would be an important word to learn. How often am I going to use THAT? Then, all of a sudden, I’m learning “New lodge”…SHINJUKU!!! HOLY CATS! Now I totally get it!


#3

Y e s ! – this has happened to me so many times along the way and it always surprises/excites me

Just a couple weeks ago I learned 朱印 (red seal) and I couldn’t help but think, “When am I ever going to need this word”, and not even 20 minutes later I came across 朱印 in an anime and I was just like
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Never underestimate the power of a word to pop up at any moment :eyes::sparkles:


#4

When I watch anime I like it when I feel like I need to pause because I know the whole sentence. I was watching DB Super and heard Vegata say (of Jiren) "全力じゃない”
and thought “oh crap I know that”


#5

I love those moments. Or reading the song subtitles and recognizing full words of kanji :smiley: I always pause it and annoy my husband with “I KNEW WHAT THAT SAID! IT WAS xzy” and he’s like… I know. I can read xD


#6

LOL! Yes, my poor wife goes through the same thing with me. “That says bookstore! THAT SAYS BOOKSTORE!!!” I’m going to be really annoying the next time we go to Japan…


#7

I’m annoying my husband who doesn’t speak Japanese so much every time we are there. If we ever get a divorce, it was either because some discussion about how to load a dishwasher or because I couldn’t stop talking about Japanese. But it is just so exciting!

One thing this thread made me realize: there’s something nice about still having so much to learn, it’s not all bad (we usually focus on how much we still don’t know and how annoying that is). You have a lot of exciting success moments and very clearly see when you are making progress. I can’t remember the last time I ever felt excited about learning some new English word – “cleat”? ok, yeah, whatever. I guess the novelty will wear off after reaching an advance level in Japanese.


#8

Before my first N3 test, I was sitting outside the exam room playing 二ノ国 on my DS, when I encountered the word 生える, a reading for 生 that I’d never seen before.

Guess what was literally question number one on the test.