If you’re reading this, I have a question for you.
I assume that you’re reading this because (a) you’re learning Japanese or (b) you’re thinking about learning Japanese.
So the question is, Why?
I like exercising my brain, and I thought that learning a new language would be a good way to do it. If I was going to exercise my brain, I figured I might as well go all out and pick a difficult language, so I figured an Asian language would be a good choice.
I considered Tagalog, because there are quite a few Tagalog speakers who go to my church, but I decided that, since it had been heavily influenced by Spanish, which I already speak, that I would pick something different.
I vacillated between Chinese and Japanese for a little while. I like a lot of Hong Kong cinema, and we have a few Chinese students at the school I teach at, so Chinese was a serious contender, but, ultimately, the movies of Akira Kurosawa and of Studio Ghibli, which are some of my all-time favorites, made me pick Japanese.
And here I am, about a year or so in.
What about you?