From a Japanese language standpoint, this has been a terrible week. I have had very little time, so I have turned things a bit and proclaimed this a review week. I have kept up with vocabulary studies and looked back over some grammar studies but learned very little new stuff. I won’t be ready with this week’s chapter for my lesson tomorrow, either, so my plan is to make it conversation practice.
Now, here’s the thing. What do you do when you have a week like that? Whether it comes from low motivation, low energy, very little time…
The first thing is to at least study some. Review your vocabulary at a minimum. Anki, Memrise, StickyStudy, StudyBlue, Quizlet, flashcards, looking over lists…something. Talk out loud to yourself in Japanese. Do something.
The second thing…well, there really isn’t a second thing. Get some studying in regardless, even if it is only a little.
Wait, yes, there is a second thing. Don’t get all worked up about it. “Oh, no! I’ve fallen behind!” No, you haven’t fallen behind. We’re not on a schedule here. We’re learning. Niko over at Nihongoshark.com says “Keep swimming. You are crossing an ocean.” Well, even if all you’re doing is treading water, you’re still swimming. That’s just keeping up and reviewing, and that’s okay from time to time.
Hang in there. Next week is a new week.