For me, a big part of learning a language is the small victories that come out of nowhere–those little moments that remind you you are actually getting somewhere, and it just so happens that I was (finally) able to read some random Japanese tweet the other day. Granted, it’s super simple, but I’ll definitely be thinking about it for a looong time haha
If anyone’s interested, this is the post in question:
Do you remember the first time something like this happened to you?
Not really the first time, but one that I remember very well from last year. I bought some mugicha from the Japanese store in my city and noticed at home it only had a Japanese label. I think generally all foodstuffs are required by law to have labels in our native language, but this one was obviously imported and hadn’t yet been re-labeled.
At first I was a bit confused and thought maybe I need to google some instructions on how to make it (a bit silly, since it is basically just a tea bag you add to hot or cold water), but then I remembered that I actually can read some Japanese. Turns out it was really easy to understand, as well as extremely simple to make. Anyway, it gave me a sense of accomplishment.
I don’t know why, but I still have the mindset of Japanese being totally foreign and too difficult to read, even though once I just focus on it a little bit, it becomes quite manageable.
A little while back when I started really getting into grammar studies, I was skimming over Japanese Pikmin fan comics I found on Pixiv, and it was kind of neat that I could at least pick out words I knew or get the gist of short sentences. It wasn’t much, but it was a sign I was learning something and could understand at least a little bit of text in native content.
I think it was a couple weeks back, I was looking to change my Nintendo switch keyboard to Japanese input. I realised I could understand what each keyboard choice was.
I couldn’t read the final option and as such I can’t write it here, but the letters are split into two horizontal columns, so something to do with that.
Totally! Once you start getting acquainted with the language, everything starts falling into place quite nicely. Oh, and once I have a few more wk levels on me I’ll be sure to check the labels when I go shopping
I recommend it! They are often very simple and easy to understand with illustrations. I just bought some pancake batter as well that had cute labeling. It’s also really good practice of vocabulary if you later want to try out some more advanced recipes.