I’m making arrangements so that the holiday season and consequent travel won’t interfere with my Japanese studies. Yes, I really am that kind of nerd. At the moment this means rescheduling a lesson and hoping for wifi somewhere. It’ll all work out.
In the meantime, I am now starting Chapter 46 (of 50!) of みんなの日本語. I don’t know what my Cafetalk tutor has in mind for after the book is done, but that’ll work out, too.
One of my lessons ran a bit long on conversation and a bit short on actually going over that week’s homework, so my tutor kindly offered to grade the homework for me on her own time. When I got it back, my first glance at it was dismaying. There were a lot of corrections.
Then it turned out to be not a lot of mistakes but the same mistake over and over again – the choice of particles.
Okay, not so bad. Obviously, I want to get the particles right, but the at least I had all the other grammar in the lesson right.
Just before writing this post, I had to send my tutor a note asking to reschedule my lesson. Now, obviously, writing a note to my Japanese tutor is a perfect time to actually practice Japanese, and I was pleased to discover that, with not much trouble at all, I was able to explain the situation and make the request.
I mean, すごい！
One of the tricks is to use Japanese as much as possible whenever the opportunity presents itself. Even I you have to say the sentence 80% in English with a sprinkling of Japanese words, do it. If I have to stick some English into the middle of an otherwise Japanese sentence, I’ll do that. As long as I can get some Japanese in there, it’s good.
And, I have am biting the bullet: I have printed out some hiragana practice sheets, and it’s time to start learning to write. Let’s be honest, that sounds a bit tedious, but what do you do if you need to write something? If you at least know hiragana, you might be able to get by, I suppose, so I’m starting with that.
Anybody else out there learning to write? If so, any tips and tricks?
Aside from the obvious: practice, practice, practice.