Hm, I have a confession to make, for the last five or six months I have made very little effort towards learning Japanese. Hence the quietness of this website. Sure I’ve had rare on/off moments where I’d suddenly rekindle my motivation and study hard for all of a day or two but mostly I’ve been not studying at all.
Moving Out with my Girlfriend
For the past five months and two weeks I have been living with my girlfriend which is something I’ve never done before. In fact, moving out of my parents house was something I’d never done before. In fact, spending more than an month with my girlfriend was something I’d never done before. As some of you may know my girlfriend is Japanese which has both good and bad points. Whilst it’s nice to date someone from such a fascinating country/culture it can be problematic getting to see each other. Anyway we have managed thus far (over three years) but recently we got to experience living together. What a shock to the system! With all the new changes going on, the new lifestyle complete with things call “responsibilities” my Japanese study never became routine again. I’m not using that as an excuse because the truth is I was being very lazy as should have done something about it much sooner. My girlfriend can only stay six months on her holiday visa so come the start of November and she’s off to Japan. It’s a cruel irony that the best time in my life to study Japanese, when I have 24/7 help and a perfect language partner I mess it up!
Enough is Enough!
A few days ago I had one of those “Enough is a enough!” moments. I decided I’m either learning Japanese or I’m not which meant considering quitting learning Japanese if I’m not going to put the needed effort in. Of course that’s not something I’m prepared to do and so I started hitting the books again. It’s quite amazing, after just a little studying the guilt started to life. For the past five or six months that I wasn’t studying I always felt somewhat guilty about it. I knew that I was letting myself down and that really I should do something about it but usually that just made me feel bad and so I used it as an excuse not to learn. A certain word beginning “I” and ending with “diot” comes to mind.
So it would seem I’m back in the Japanese studying spirit of things and not a moment to soon as a visit to Japan might be on the cards. It’s been just over a year since I was last (and first) in Japan. That’s just over a year too long by my reckoning! There’s a good chance I’ll be visiting this winter which I’m very much looking forward too even though it would mean leaving friends and family behind at Christmas It will be very interesting to experience Christmas and more importantly New Years in Japan and very interesting for you as well. Writing a Japanese blog from England has always bothered me as I can be hard to get my hands on great pictures or perhaps even videos to share with you.