Today I wanted to talk a little about the Japanese language. Do you want to learn it someday? Have you already started? If you do want to be able to speak Japanese, why is that? What is your purpose in learning this language? If you'd be so kind to talk a little about this matter with me, I would really appreciate it! : D
Actually, I just finished my last and probably final official lesson of the Japanese language course... and I'm feeling nostalgic. It's been 10 years since I started. I was about seventeen, and now I'm almost 27. Time sure flies by fast. I wanted to write something about this, since clearly some stage in my life has come to an end. But at first I wasn't sure what I wanted to write about precisely. Now I know - I want to write about the very beginning.
I started to learn Japanese because I liked manga and anime, particularly - because Fullmetal Alchemist made a really big impression on me at the time. Now I'm much more into the Japanese high culture, like theatre, history, architecture, gardens, etc. But it all started with anime.
I was wondering how many of you are thinking of learning this language and what for.
I think I started because I wanted to understand anime without any subtitles. I thought I would get to the level of N3 at best. And now here I am, working as a tourist guide for the Japanese visitors, trying to pass N1 examination (which I at first considered absolutely impossible to get), watching NHK news every day. I even feel like discussing things like problems with the Japanese government's ideas for bringing more foreigners to Japan... Heck!
Nevertheless, even after 10 years of learning I still feel like I know nothing and like I couldn't even translate a single anime series properly... xD;;; Japanese is so hard when it comes to the complicated final little bits of the knowledge. But it's so easy to start!
I know of three people from my nearest circle, who just started learning Japanese, and one of them is my Mum (who watched more episodes of One Piece than me, and that's really something xD). Seeing all those people at the beginning of their journey, I wonder how far they are going to get and where this road is going to lead them.
And I wonder what your adventure with the Japanese language is going to end up like... : D
(Tl;dr: I'm feeling nostalgic because my Japanese lessons finished after 10 years and I don't have any more groups on my level to join. TAT)