Hey all you lovely people of WaniKani!
First of all I just wanna say that if there are any similar topics like this, you are free to shout and yell at me for posting this. I tried to look up if there were any, but couldn’t really find anything that goes in the same direction (But as I said, if so I apologize beforehand).
So I guess you could call this a noobs first steps in learning Japanese. I guess we have all been there right? No matter what your level is, we have all started at zero at some point. Sadly for me, that’s where I’m currently at .
As I soon will finish my final free level here on wanikani (I’m excited and a little scared), and join all you guys for real! I thought I could put this up to give me, and maybe some other beginners a push in the right direction from all of you veterans out there. As we all know, there are several aspects of learning a language, speaking, reading, grammar, listening, writing etc, etc. WaniKani “just” builds up a foundation that you can use in your other studies, correct? You will be familiar with Kanji and learn vocabulary, but you need to take this knowledge into other apsects of learning. This is what I’m planning to do once I finish my last free level here and upgrading my account. So I’m about to take my very first step out of my comfort zone, and start my journey into the unknown.
So I think (at least that’s how it is for me) that as a fresh student of any language, the most troublesome thing is to take those first few babysteps. Where do I start?, what will I focus on? How can I avoid wasting a lot of time before realizing that what I’m doing is a waste of time? How do I lift myself up when I faill into the devil’s den? It’s actually a really scary step to take.
So my question for all you veteran learners out there is, do you remember when you took your very first step into the world of learning Japanese? How was it? Were you like me, a bit scared to take that leap, and had trouble to find the right path in the large tree of crossroads?
I would love if you could share some insights on your journeys and what you did to overcome the obstacles that you faced. How you found the best way to start practicing when you have minimum knowledge about the language, and what you could have done better when you were just starting out. Maybe even share some pitfalls, or study failures that you wish you had never done (Once you realized it after getting much more experienced in the language).
I’m standing at the starting line, and what I see is a long and scary path to the end of finally grasping the Japanese language. What I need is a little bit of a push, and a little bit of guidance to start in the right path.
I would love to hear stories, helpful tips about Japanese and some of your ideas about the things I listed above (Maybe even share something entirely different). Maybe this sounds like (is) a selfish plea from a total noob, but I thought it would be interesting to discuss, and maybe more people than myself could find this very helpful.
I hope this fits the forum, and I would love to get into discussions revolving around all the problems that a total beginner faces, and things that can make the journey easier.
Sorry for the long post, and I hope people finds this interesting enough to give me a lovely motivational push!
Thank you guys, you rock!