I have been able to get some serious talking in lately through conversation exchanges.
Right now, I have my Japanese lesson on Saturday mornings, and that, of course, is all in Japanese (although I do cheat occasionally and revert to English now and then – bad me, bad me). After that, I have a one hour conversation with a Japanese friend, half an hour in English (so he can practice) and half an hour in Japanese (so I can practice).
On Sundays, I have a conversation with another friend, usually for an hour or two, and I need to exert myself to use some Japanese, because he will follow along in whichever language I use, and I have been using too much English.
I have a new friend that I meet with early Thursday mornings for an hour, and we have probably been doing 80% Japanese, so I need to make sure we switch to English more so he can practice.
That gives me opportunities to practice on Saturday, Sunday and Thursday. If I can find someone to speak with on Tuesdays, I’ll feel pretty good. That will let me practice throughout the week.
Some of you lucky souls are living in Japan and get the chance to practice daily, and that should help you progress by leaps and bounds.
Grammar points for the week so far:
～ずにはいられない (to not be able to refrain from doing something)
～らしい (seems like, sounds like, etc)
～としたら (if it were the case that, if we assume that, etc.)
Yeah, only three this week. It’s been crazy busy, but I finally got a big report done, so now I have some more study time. I only have 86 vocabulary words due for review (much better than the 200+ from the other day when I got behind) and 15 new words to learn today if time permits. Moving right along.
Meanwhile, my hiragana is looking less like chicken scratches and more like actual Japanese, so that’s a plus. I guess that means next month I start tackling some basic Kanji. Woohoo!