I’ve come to realize that my main goal is actually the journey itself. I find it so enjoyable (and challenging and sometimes frustrating but always fun and rewarding) to be on this journey of learning/practicing/immersing myself in something Japanese everyday that I sort of don’t want the journey to end (you know, like when you’re reading this really great book or watching this really great TV-series and get so involved in the story and the characters that it would leave this giant feeling of emptiness once the story ends?)
Of course, I want to become fluent. Someday. But I also want to keep being challenged by the language for many, many years to come. I like the mystery of decoding the language, one piece at a time. Of being able to have conversations and understand some, but not everything yet. Of stumbling across new knowledge everyday. Studying and immersing myself in Japanese has become so self rewarding for me, at this point. It’s become something quite relaxing, having my day to day goals in Japanese to achieve and just enjoying the ride.
Learning a language is obviously something that is a life long commitment and something that can’t really be achieved at 100% (knowing everything there ever was or will be to know about a language, languages are constantly evolving). But, I kind of don’t feel like I’m in any rush to reach an “advanced/fluent” level of the language either. I want to be able to communicate in Japanese (and I already can, even if I’m still only at maybe an upper elementary/lower intermediate level) of course and one of my goals is to be able to speak and understand more by the time my fiancé and I travel back to Japan (it will be our second trip there) for our coming honeymoon. At first I thought that this was my ultimate goal for learning Japanese and it is what got me started, in 2017 before our first trip to Japan. But in the end it was only the light that ignited the fire.
What are your personal goals for learning Japanese? How are you enjoying the journey itself?