What Is Your Japanese Weak point?


#1

Everyone on Wanikani uses it to better their kanji skills, I assume anyway. But is kanji your only weakpoint?

Besides Kanji, I have a weak point in my actually speakings skills. The language when I talk comes out clumsy, or unintelligible. Some would say that I simply need to use it more, which I concede is a good idea, however its hard to find the time, and speaking a foreign language to yourself on public transit will get you a few unwanted stares.

How do you make the time to fix your weakpoints?


#2

I think my weakness is Reina Triendl

Oh you mean with the language?


#3

Japanese :jp:


#4

It’s definitely Kanji.
Not that I’m particularly good in the other areas but Kanji is certainly the worst. There’s still a long way for me to Japanese fluency :frowning:

Wanikani is helping a lot with reading and vocabulary, but I still have no idea about writing. If I don’t do anything about it that will be my ultimate weakness >.<


#5

Well, Wanikani’s the first thing I studied so I guess Kanji’s my only strong point lmao


#6

“Educated” guess: most people will say their weakness lies in speaking.

That aside, I don’t have much trouble on that front - at least to what comes to spoken Japanese speed, pronunciation and listening. However, I’m seriously lacking in (useful) VOCAB (something WK will not be able to amend or alleviate that much, imho)

Also grammar still gives me a headache sometimes. I have to twist the sentences around a few times, if the thing I want to say is slightly more complicated sigh

edit: seeing @carlostdev’s reply, I wonder if my “gut-feeling” about the ails of us Wanikanians is wrong!


#7

To be fair, speaking is the hardest thing. It’s literally impossible for someone to have better active knowledge than passive knowledge though, so I think people have unrealistic expectations. Like, when people complain about the speaking ability of people with N1, sometimes you get the impression they expect that “N1 speaking” would be on the level of the N1 listening content, but that’s obviously unrealistic.


#8

Listening. Especially when it comes out the blue or if there’s a sudden change of topic. I actually find speaking fairly easy. Perhaps because I’ve spent a long time as a teacher, I’m fairly good at circumlocution and don’t have that nasty habit of just clamming up if I don’t know the exact word I need.


#9

I thought it was listening…, but more importantly, it is actually “Grammar”.


#10

Well, I’m only in my third month, so I guess everything, lol!

But I figured out my priorities. Out of Reading, Writing, Listening and Speaking - I want my end goal to be proficient in Reading and Listening. So I’m doing as much as I can to learn grammar and kanji and vocab with WaniKani (kanji/vocab) and NihongoMaster for the grammar. I practice writing now and then, but that’s not a big priority, I’d just like to be able to write things simply because Kanji looks so beautiful. :slight_smile:

For Listening I’m using JapanesePod and I always repeat what they say. Hopefully I’ll eventually also be able to speak and be understood, but it’s ok for me if it comes out “clumsy”.


#11

i’m getting better with kanji as i go on, so i wouldn’t say it’s too much of a weak point!
i personally find i have a hard time with recalling things when i need to say them- its one of the worst things ever!!!


#12

Listening for sure. I can understand basic short sentences (if they talk slowly) but whenever I listen to podcasts or watch videos in Japanese it’s really hard to keep up with what they’re saying.


#13

Particles and keigo. And vocab. And everything.


#14

I was about to say speaking, but after considering for a while I’ve realised that speaking, writing kanji, listening, everything in fact.


#15

Staying within the same level of politeness. Unfortunately, I have a habit of switching between polite and casual speech during conversation, which makes people uncomfortable. I’m so focused on trying to get my thoughts through, that I just blurt out anything my mind comes up with, and usually there’s not enough time to fix the grammar on the fly :confused:


#16

Eh… that’s not unusual among native speakers, to use polite and casual speech in the same conversation. Do you actually know they’re uncomfortable? I mean, there are definitely things you can say that are just rude, but I wouldn’t be surprised if people aren’t actually that bothered by what you’re describing.


#17

Actually, my teacher poined it out. He said that if I’ll mix polite and casual speech, it will make people uncomfortable, because they will be confused as to our relationship - if I treat them as friends, or if I prefer to put some distance. It sounded reasonable enough, so I just believed that. But it’s good to know I don’t need to fret too much about it.


#18

Well, I guess if there’s anyone you shouldn’t be doing it with it’s your teacher. But take comfort in knowing that in real life people aren’t quite that strict.

Then again, I do live in Kansai, where things can be a little easier going too.


#19

grammar: it’s so boring I can’t bring myself to actively study/exercise and just sort of hope to get it by listening to a bunch of japanese… like via osmosis or something. it’s not working (it worked just fine when I was learning english though).


#20

Probably speaking, because I can’t really practise with other than myself. But I also suck at grammar and making actual sentences, so there’s that too. I still have a long way to go.