I think learning Japanese is bringing a new (and more objective) perspective of viewing foreign language learning. I’m too in love with Korean and that skews my perspective. ^^
If you think of it rationally and logically, learning a foreign language IS a daunting task. Basically you need to have a new store of vocabulary, a new set of syntax, a new cultural perspective and a new thinking process. It’s more than matching your current vocabulary word for word, the new language may use the same word for two items – basically it means different ways of categorisations and also culture-specific words etc. Add in the slang etc and you can see how huge the task is ahead.
And I think that’s what put many people off. For me, that realisation and frustration is even more evident if you try to learn words off a vocabulary list. Can you imagine the number of lists you have to go through? For each subject, each field, each situation etc.
But, that is if you think of it in that ‘logical manner’
I subscribe (somewhat) to the idea that humans are adapted and wired to learn languages. (haha I hope I’m not stepping into dangerous waters – the linguistic students will know what I mean 😛 )
Basically, I feel that languages is not something that you dissect and think of in a logical manner. It’s the process and not the end results that you should look at. It’s perfectly to have a goal, but if all you think of is mastering a language in XX amount of time, you are just making yourself very miserable.
Because I don’t have the blind love I have for Korean for Japanese, I tend to see it in a more objective way. I do get a little hesitant when I think of how much work I need to put in to attain a standard like my Korean and I wonder sometimes if I really want to put in that amount of effort. When I really want to bring my Korean to a higher level. We all have limited time, putting in more effort for Japanese ultimately means lesser time for Korean.
But I’m enjoying the learning process so much I don’t want to stop. ^^ mmm okay after going that big round I think all I want to say is If you enjoy the learning process, learning a foreign language is NOT a daunting task.
hahaha. So much so for trying to be coherent! ^^
p.s. I predict that I’ll have loads and loads of interesting content coming up, most likely from September onwards!
p.s.2. Any particular things about Korean that you want me to blog about?