I have been trying to learn Hiragana and Kanji for the past.... Three and a half days. I have gotten to the point where I want to throw my computer out the window and scream to the heavens! It is hard for me to do proper sentence structure or find the right words because English, for some reason, love literal translations and it doesn't work that way! It may seem that I am worrying so much about it well...Yes, I am legit worried! I understand that I won't get it just like that, but it kind of makes me feel stupid :( So tell me lovely world, how do you overcome the feeling of frustration and/or discouragement when you are trying to learn a new language?
If something is frustrating, just walk away for awhile and come back to it later. I've studied Japanese for over a year and I've honestly never gotten that frustrated. Some grammar just can't seem to ever get right, but I just work on other things for a couple days and come back to it.
If you jump into anything wanting to understand it right away, it can get frustrating if you don't get it. Just be patient and you will get it eventually as long as you don't give up. If you try to cram and learn a lot at once, nine times out ten, that is a recipe for disaster, in my experience. One thing I learned, if you aren't good at the most basic grammar and stuff in general, that is going to be a serious handicap when learning almost anything going forward.
If you want to practice or have questions about basic Japanese, you can message me, I'll help how I can.
You know, as a Chinese, I can't feel the same way so you do. But I do want to share something about a French friend of mine who is learning Japanese as you are. When I asked her how did she learn Kanji. She told me that even though she had learned this language for nearly 4 years, she couldn't write them down correctly. In her Japanese class, her teacher had told her that the most important part was to communicate, especially for the starters. If you feel frustrated about learning Kanji, why don't you try to ignore them for some time, till you have achieved some high level? Try to replace them by kana, you will feel much relaxed learning it! After you have acquired much knowledge of this language, you can try to challenge that! FYI, when I was little, learning Chinese characters wasn't an easy thing! We spent nearly 3 to 4 years to get all the common characters right!
Anyway, I hope you can keep learning your Japanese! I'm learning Japanese too and find out that only characters do Chinese and Japanese share. Their grammatical rules are very unique and interesting!
Hiragana can be learned fairly fast, but you will have to focus on just that and use it. If you're a beginner, you should put Kanji off for now until you know the basic kana. It's really memorization. So take a step back and slow down if it's frustratng you.
This site can help: http://japaneseclass.jp/feeds
I've found the best way to learn kanji is by learning it with vocabulary. Then I'm killing two birds with one stone. Also it helps me guess the meaning of some words, because I am beginning ot understand what some Kanji mean. SO even if I don't know the Japanese pronunciation, I can pretty much gather what it means.
It can be tough but you can't give up. If it becomes frustrating, leave the situation and come back later with a clear head.
I can relate to you on this, Maggie! As for me, I've been trying to improve my English proficiency, but English isn't the only thing that I want to improve in because my other passion is artwork. And there was this moment when I put a lot of thoughts on this, I reached the point of wanting to perfectionize everything in a short time! You know what happens when you rush yourself in improving; you'll break yourself at the end. This has happened to me once and I got very depressed, especially when I thought of how other people are far superior than me in their skills...
So here's the thing: learn at your own pace and don't push yourself too hard! If you feel like there's too much information you could take in within a day, then it's okay give your head a rest for a while. Also, I think learning Japanese has its stages, so it's best for you to make sure that you've completely succeeded the first stage of learnig before moving on to the next stage. :D