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Consistency makes perfect

This is a slight twist to the idiom ‘practice makes perfect’. However, I think consistency is a better word to use when it comes to language learning. It’s not enough to practice once in a while or go all out and intensive for a short period of time. It’s more important to be slow (or fast) and steady. I should heed my own advice though. I’ve been neglecting Korean and Japanese (when it comes to really sitting down and studying) but since Korean is already integrated into my life, there’s no problem there. I realised I forgot alot of Japanese and I even had trouble with katakana today!! omg.

My mind and heart tells me I don’t love Japanese so much (yet) but I really wanna learn. It’s frustrating to realise that you have forgotten some stuff and have to retract and relearn it. I can see why alot of people give up learning a language halfway. The idea of retracting is so tiring. Thus, I think the best way is to go slow and steady. As long as you are consistent, you are inching forward day by day. Better than going 5 steps forward and then backtrack 4 steps. ^^

My laziness gets the better of me most of the time, but I guess I need to work harder! I’m so glad that I have loads of like-minded friends (even though I have yet to meet them) like Jeannie and Creativityjapanese, who are a source of motivation to me.

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    30 January, 2011 at 11:56 PM

    Hi Shanna!

    What you said is SO, SO true. Consistency. Perhaps we should learn to integrate language learning into our lives so language learning will no longer be a process of learning anymore! I have to learn to be more consistent as well!

    I agree to the retracting part. But there is this part of me that’s too stubborn to give up on something when I start on something. I guess sometimes being stubborn is not a bad thing. LOL

    Yiaks~ me, an inspiration? Thanks! I think having like-minded friends in language learning is awesome. Let’s continue to work hard! Fighting!

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      31 January, 2011 at 12:41 AM

      hahaha yeah a healthy dose of stubborness is always good! 😀

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    31 January, 2011 at 12:17 AM

    I totally agree with you. When you learn a language, and you like it, you enjoy watching movies or dramas, or reading in that language, but it’s hard to find a time to sit down an study.
    I often feel that I’m stuck without learning anything new and having to go backwards and review is indeed frustrating.
    But nobody said this was going to be easy, and there’s nothing we can do but try to do our best 🙂

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      31 January, 2011 at 12:42 AM

      totally agree. learning a new language is never easy. ^^ let’s do our best! ^^

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    31 January, 2011 at 12:47 AM

    I feel the same way! I think consistency is important when you’re learning something and that’s what I don’t have. Yeah, I do study but due to procrastination I tend to forget that I have to. Laziness is self-burdening.

    It won’t actually work if you only want to learn Japanese but don’t have the love or passion for it. A language learner has to have something attached to the language his learning to be able to adapt it. That also I don’t have with Japanese. I spent a whole semester studying the language but forgot all about it even though I have great resources and such. I tried studying it all over again but still failed to learn it when I am doing the same process I did with my Korean.

    Aww. You and CreativityJapanese are my inspiration too! 화이팅 Shanna^^

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      31 January, 2011 at 12:52 AM

      i knowww >,< the way i learn korean and japanese is very different. It does help to have 'experience' in learning another foreign language but I can't help but think that I'm approaching Japanese in a very 'rational/logical' kind of way. I'm still not attached to the language yet.

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    31 January, 2011 at 2:26 AM

    I’m finding your blog encouraging, too. Thanks for putting up these posts. Consistency is definitely a good thing. Good luck on your Japanese studies.

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    31 January, 2011 at 7:57 AM

    agree with you. it’s like forgetting the intro to my piano piece after not touching it for some time.>_< but what's your approach to learning a new language? like do mugging textbooks and sitting down to study work(to achieve native fluency)? cos i thought language acquisition should be as natural a process as breathing.

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      31 January, 2011 at 9:15 AM

      I would say building interest first (if you dun have it in the first place). Just watch dramas, listen to songs and immerse in the sounds of the language first before doing the mugging 😀

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    1 February, 2011 at 12:33 AM

    Slow and steady gives you better retention. Plus you won’t feel so overwhelmed to the point of extreme frustration. Rome wasn’t built in a day. LOL.

    Anyway…..I am so tempted to get the iriver d200….even though I don’t think I’ll use it much….but it’s so prettttyyyyyyy

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      1 February, 2011 at 9:31 AM

      i knowww! iriver is soo pretty! i’m tempted by the galaxy tab. hahahaha. but i decided i shall save up for korea instead. sigh!

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    1 February, 2011 at 11:46 AM

    LOVE your blog! I’m just starting out my quest into the Korean language/culture (abt 2 months now) and stumbled across your blog!

    I admire your motivation and perseverence! I hope I have the same motivation as you ^_^

    I’m also itching to get an electronic dictionary too! haha,,, the things I want…
    Need to do a bit of research on this though.. Any recommendation?

    Nihongo ganbatte!

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      1 February, 2011 at 11:06 PM

      Thanks for the comment! ^^ how are you liking your quest so far? 😛
      i think the most popular electronic dic are still the iriver series. alot of my friends are talking about the d200 ^^ you can consider that!

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        2 February, 2011 at 8:49 AM

        yah, I like it so far! =D LOVE K-drama! hope to eventually be good enough so that when speaking, I won’t have to translate everything my head first before replying to people! haha

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