復習の時間 (Review Time!)

This week is all about reviews.

Part of me would like to leap right into Chapter 37.  There are only 50 chapters total, and I want to press on the “the end”.  Except, of course, that it won’t be then end, will it?  Going through 50 chapters of Minna no Nihongo won’t make me able to speak Japanese at the level I want.

In fact, maybe there isn’t any “end”.  I’ve probably taken on a project that will last me for the rest of my life.  I mean, let’s face it, I still run into English words that I don’t know, so, in a sense, I’m still learning English, and that’s my native tongue.

But finishing Chapter 50 is still a target, and part of me wants to get there, but “getting to Chapter 50” isn’t the point.  Being able to speak Japanese is the point, so it doesn’t really matter when I get to Chapter 50, does it?

That’s why I’m not looking at Chapter 37 this week.  Instead, I’m looking back over the grammatical structures in Chapter 32-36.  There were a few complicated things in there, and I want to make sure that I have them before I move on.

Well, I’m not totally abandoning Chapter 37.  I’m pretty good on all the vocabulary up to this point, so I’ll continue with the vocabulary on memrise, but no new grammar.

Also, I’ll still have my lesson with Makisan on Cafetalk, even though I won’t have any new homework to go over.  At the very least, I get Japanese conversation, and that’s invaluable.

I hope your studies are going well.

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