3 In Japanese learning journey (:/ Korean learning journey (:

“I’ll just take a break for a few weeks”.. NO

urgh. Language learning is really not like a motor skill (is that the right word?) where once you mastered it, it’s unlikely that you will forget even though you stopped doing for some time.

Barely two week since I last studied Japanese, I feel so awkward and at a loss of where to start. Feels like I’ve lost my momentum and I’m staring at my books, unsure of what to do. I was building a nice momentum a month back when I was concentrating on learning N2 grammar etc, but now it’s taking such a huge effort to learn 3-4 grammar points.

It’s all that “I’ll take a short break from languages”, “I’ll come back to it after my exams/projects” etc that leads to most people giving up on language learning. It’s hard to be a consistent learner, but it’s even harder to make twice the effort to get back into the momentum once you lose it.

Having “gave up” on Japanese and re-starting for at least two times, I know how painful that is and I’m working hard to make sure that I don’t have to experience that pain again lol.

Or maybe it’s just my brain turning into mush. x.x

hehe but I can’t help but feel amazed at myself (yeah I know no humility) when I see all my notes for Japanese. To be honest, I never really think that I work very hard but I’m still surprised at how I can fill up all the pages of a notebook and surprised at how many vocabulary I’ve actually came across. (I won’t say ‘learnt’, since I doubt I remember half of them lol)

That’s that for Japanese.


The more I learn, the more lacking I feel. Everyone likes to tell me “omg if YOU can’t do that, how about us?!”. hahaha okay it’s probably what I’ll tell people who are good in Japanese if they tell me they are still lacking. lol.

But it’s true. I feel that I’m lacking a lot. And probably the feeling of ‘lacking’ is stronger than what an intermediate level learner may feel. That’s probably because I expect a lot more and I’m trying to match myself to native speakers instead of staying in the ‘language learner’ zone.

Last time, I’ll probably think that I’m pretty awesome to be able to understand like Yonsei 6 textbooks or watch Korean dramas unsubbed. Now I’ll think that I suck cos the domains I’m able to function in is soo limited – daily conversations etc.

That’s that for Korean.

hehehe the fangirl in me is back. With YG family active in promotions again, and the newest addition WINNER <3 In time to come, I think I may even be a bigger fan of WINNER compared to BB. lol.

Heirs and Reply 1994 is keeping me super happy too. I cannot decide whether I like Youngdo or Chilbongie more and I’m actually quite fascinated by how I love both of them – since their characters can’t be any more different. As my friend said…. “aren’t you supposed to go for a particular type of guy. How can you like both extreme ends” lol.

But I think I squeal more when it comes to Youngdo. lol.

For those who are adamantly refusing to watch Reply 1994 because they don’t want to spoil how they feel about Reply 1997, I must say that I think I prefer Reply 1994. lol. So it’s not going to be a disappointing ‘season 2’.

And how can you miss all that different satoori in ONE drama?!

It’s a gold pot for language learners ^^

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    Dwi Yuniati
    18 November, 2013 at 1:38 PM

    Hi Shanna, I watch Heirs too, but I watch this not for Woo Bin, but for Lee Min Ho 😀
    Shanna, this question come to me now, when I read some of ur post about your Japanese learning. I wondering whether you learn Hiragana/Katakana and kanji first before stepping to gain vocab and grammar?

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      18 November, 2013 at 6:29 PM

      hehe at least you wont suffer heartbreak in the end, it’s likely he’s gonna get a happy ending. hehe
      and yes, of course. the first thing you should do is to learn hiragana and katakana. The kanji will come slowly, learn them as you progress. There’s no need to memorize a whole bunch everyday, but you shouldn’t ignore them or put them aside for too long too

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    21 November, 2013 at 5:11 AM

    eh i think it´s psychological lol. u know sometimes certain words or grammar are easier to remember than others regardless of th e¨level¨the textbook makers decide.

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