without a textbook, I mean.
I’m so used to studying grammar points from a textbook that I’m feeling so lost without one. -.- I’m quite a systematic person, and I like the idea of chapters in a textbook where each chapter, I’ll learn a few new grammar points. Everything is arranged neatly and the grammar points taught are likely to correspond with official language tests’ difficulty level, so I don’t have to think much about it.
That was for Korean.
I’ve been learning Japanese in a more free-style way. Why not stick to your textbook method, you ask? Well, the answer is that I have no money to get more textbooks and I much prefer Korean textbooks over whatever I can find in local bookstores. Besides that, I genuinely want to try a new method and explore a new style of language learning.
To be honest, I’m quite envious of people who study languages without textbooks. hehe. I don’t pick up things that naturally and I always belong to the 노력파. Besides, I like my explanations clear and in depth, so I prefer having a grammar dictionary. Picking up grammar from reading / watching stuff involves a lot of guesswork, which honestly isn’t my first choice of learning style.
But I think I’ve been doing quite well in this new free-style method. Seeing the same grammar points used in various contexts and sentences made me more attuned to its meaning / uses and I guess being an ‘experienced’ language learner helps too. I pick up stuff faster and I’m more sensitive to patterns and nuances.
Still, I miss my books. Right now, I feel that my Japanese knowledge is all over the place and whatever I know, it’s very cursory in nature and I still cannot grasp the grammar points properly. Meaning that I can recognize it and kinda know the meaning when I see it, but I cannot use it and I don’t know how to.
So I’m back to flipping through this 일본어문법사전 that I have. Let’s see if this method works.