I’ll try to keep this short but basically I struggle with keeping focus on learning Japanese, a lot. I’ve been trying to teach myself for several years with varying degrees of success, but I’m still pretty much a beginner.
I’ve realised I have four “topics” I put all my energy into that rotate every few months.
So for example, I’ll be really into reading fantasy novels for a couple of months, then I’ll play solely video games whenever I can for a month or two, and then I’ll be watching a tonne of anime and trying to learn Japanese whenever I get some spare time.
It’s kinda frustrating because I’ve been wanting/trying to learn Japanese for a long time but it’s a constant two steps forward one step back kinda situation. It usually ends in me feeling like a failure and come off as a “faker” and someone who doesn’t really want to learn Japanese.
Does anyone else experience this? I understand this is probably because I’m burning myself out but I really can’t help it! I don’t even realise I’m doing it most of the time. I just get swept up in my eagerness.
For extra context, I’m a full-time software dev who has a long commute. I probably get an hour, maybe two if I’m lucky in the evenings to myself. By the weekend I usually have very little motivation to do anything that involves flexing my brain muscles. Buuut saying that, I have signed up for a 10 week Japanese class at the local uni because I tend to do a lot better in classroom situations, so hoping that will help.
Thanks if you read all of this, not really sure where I was going, just wanted to know if anyone else was in the same boat.