This week has been a sort of Japanese bliss. I had a couple of weeks during which the grammar was, frankly, 複雑 (complicated), but I got through it. Even as I moved on to Chapter 43 this week, I was still reviewing Chapter 42 (see 複雑 above) when I had a sort of breakthrough and suddenly got a grammar point that just hadn’t been sinking in.
But Chapter 43 is 簡単 (easy) rather than 複雑, which is nice.
Here’s the point, though.
What do you do when the grammar gets complicated, and you just aren’t getting it?
I think that you need to go into your Japanese study with the mindset that you can do this. Because you can. Not every single grammar point will be easy. Some vocabulary words just won’t want to stick in your head. But it’s okay. You know why? Because you can do this.
I used to teach guitar lessons. I would say about 50% of the students don’t learn how to play, and the reason is that they don’t practice because practice is boring. Then they give up.
Don’t give up.
Forget everything anyone ever told you about how fantastically impossible Japanese is to learn. That’s simply not true. Sometime it will be easy, sometimes it will be hard, but it is always possible.
Also, the more you learn, the easier it is to learn more.
That’s because what you learn builds on what you already know. Sometimes new vocabulary words will be constructed out of old friends. Sometimes new grammar will be similar to grammar you already know.
That’s why you have to stick with it.
The beginning stages of learning the guitar are boring. Later, you won’t always be able to play that new song right away.
Stick with it.
Japanese is the same way.
Stick with it.
And have fun.