As the title says: this week’s homework. This week it is all about conjugating verbs to say that you “can do” whatever action the verb describes (well, or “can’t do” I suppose).
In 27.4 it asks “What can you do?” and you have to give answers based on the individual pictures. If I’m supposed to answer based on own abilities, some of those sentences will be “I cannot…”
In 27.5 it asks, “What can you do here?” with here obviously being the beach. Even if I couldn’t get that from the picture, the building has a big sign on it that says beach house.
This is a plus, by the way. For quite some time in this book I couldn’t read the instructions, and, sometimes, what I could not do was figure out what the heck the book was asking me to do!
Obviously, this isn’t the beginning of the homework, but 27.1, 27.2 and 27.3 are all basically just conjugation exercises – fill in the blanks in the chart. 27.4 is where it starts to get a little more interesting.
In case you’re wondering, this particular chapter has 9 different exercises.
As I have said before, the fun thing about the みんなの日本語 books is that they are almost entirely in Japanese. It can be frustrating, but it is really one of the things that I like best about them.
I still consider myself a beginner in Japanese, but yesterday I found myself reading a page of Kanji (admittedly with furigana). I had a little difficulty with it and had to puzzle out a few words, but I could read it, and I got a great sense of accomplishment from that.
Don’t be afraid to give yourself a pat on the back for your accomplishments. That feeling of satisfaction is partly what keeps me going on the hard days.
The other things to remember is that, although you may have bumps in the road, over time it actually does get easier.
And, trust me, if I can do this – and I am doing it – then you can do it.