Katherine
Good Enough Learning ( Japanese )?

All my friends have lessons or study Japanese at school while I am just self-studying at home. I feel like my studying will never be enough, they already know more than I do. I don't have enough money to go on a course or get private lessons or anything.

Guess my Japanese\Japanese learning will never good or good enough to understand others even at or starting at this level. Japanese has become a huge part of my life from the music I listen to, to what I watch and one day I will hopefully read as well. It has become my passion and means a lot to me. I just want to do better at it, I want to learn it better but I can't and that saddens me deeply.


悲しいです。。。

Mar 17, 2017 11:31 PM
Comments · 4

I am Japanese. I have talked with people who are self-studying Japanese or studying at school. Their skills do not depend on their situations. The more you study, the more you will understand. There would be pros and cons in self-studying and study at school. However, the difference becomes nothing in the end. Rather, self-study becomes much more important. As for me, I have been self-studying French for half a year or so (Then, now I live in France). I have finished what students learn at school in a couple of years. This is because I study it at home for 2-3 hours a day on average while students learn at school for 1 hour or so (plus some at home). Before my French, I studied English for 2 years by myself; almost the same amount with what I am doing for my French now. 

March 18, 2017

I am not sure how many language learning lessons you have experienced, but I live in a country where it's required to learn at least one foreign language (aka English), but I also have to attend German lessons.

Speaking from my experiences, learning languages at school brings almost no advantage. About 6-8 years into learning English, what they teach us at school is mostly basic stuff. They teach us stuff they just have to - not the stuff we need to. But what about when we learn a language ourselves? We learn the stuff we know we are lacking knowledge in, we improve faster, and I mean it, way faster. 

So that's what I think about attending language (and any other) lessons in general. It's not that we really need that we are being taught, but we are taught what the majority doesn't know. Though, we have a few English speakers in our class who almost don't differentiate from those who have it as their first language, yet what we do in class is present simple and stuff like that... At least at my school. 

Even if I had a chance, I probably wouldn't attend classes. If I have any questions, I can ask them on websites like these. Otherwise, what I'm lacking is still some advanced grammar and of course, vocabulary (and also practice in general). Not with a single lesson I attended that I've come this far, and I am damn sure I am better than a lot of people who've been learning the same time as me but at school. Just how I see things though (kinda glad in a way, kinda seems like a form of motivation, lol). I am also sure that you, with your current skills are better than a lot of people who do attend lessons.

I agree with Jun-san. While lessons might help at the beginning when you're a rookie, it becomes nothing at the end. But you already have gotten a good grasp of learning a language by yourself, so I think it's a plus.


Don't sweat over not being able to attend lessons too much. Or more like, at all.

March 18, 2017

Hi Katherine, 

I'm Japanese and looking for a language exchange partner. 

If you'd like, let's try voice chat over Skype:)

March 18, 2017

Others being better than you does not stop you from enjoying the language nor stop you from being interested.

You might not be able to have lessons now but it could happen in the future.

March 18, 2017