It has been a holiday weekend here in the US, and I have to admit that I haven’t done much with Japanese for the last three day. I have certainly done more than nothing, mind you – consistent effort is, after all, our theme here. I have gone over my vocabulary and kanji, but not much else, which is kind of an issue, since the homework for Chapter 7 in みんなの日本語 is quite long.
This sort of the thing can be a real test of your resolve. We have a house full of visiting family and various events to participate in. I’m busy and, finally, just plain tired.
What about Japanese? Am I serious about it or not? If I am truly serious about learning, then I have to make a little time for it if I can, and I have managed to do that, but a little is really about all, and I only did that by getting up before anyone else and doing it in the early morning.
Sacrificing sleep for Japanese? I must be nuts.
Okay, so this is a special circumstance, but it really is very easy to fall behind in your studies. Now, falling behind isn’t the end of the world, but, if you aren’t careful, it might be the end of Japanese for you.
Surely, I’m exaggerating, right?
I don’t think so, especially early on. Skipping one day seems like it isn’t a big deal, and maybe it isn’t, but, once you start skipping, are you sure you’ll stop?
Hey, it’s Friday, I’ve had a hard day at work, I’m going to take my wife out for dinner and a movie. Great. Now I’m tired, so I’ll just let my Japanese slide for the day. One day can’t hurt, right?
It’s Saturday. I’m still a little tired, and I have to mow the lawn, run some errands, do this, do that…I think I’ll pass on the Japanese today. It was kind of a relief to give myself permission to take a rest. One day can’t hurt, right?
Sunday is here. I have to go back to work tomorrow, and I still have some weekend chores to get done. Anyway, I’d like to goof off some today, to, and I like studying Japanese, but it’s still work. I’ll just take off today. After all, one day can’t hurt, right?
On Monday, you’ve broken the pattern, gotten out of the habit of daily studying, and you actually forget about your Japanese. Well, it’s only one day, right?
This happens to people. But sometimes you do get busy. What then? Find a sort of maintenance level. What I mean is, at least review. It takes less time and less effort, you keep to your pattern of daily study, and you keep Japanese in your mind. You may not be gaining ground, but that’s okay as long as you aren’t losing ground.
That’s mostly what I’ve been doing for the last few days – maintaining. I did find the time to sneak in a small amount of new vocabulary, but that’s about it. Right now, everyone else is still in bed, and I am about to finish off my chapter 7 homework. I mean, my 七かの宿題.