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Learning Japanese, If You Please!

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Posted on May 18, 2010 @ 1:57 pm
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Coming from the mind frame that you can’t learn Japanese fast because you have to participate in a class, I really didn’t think that there were other options available. Of course, since you can only move through the material as fast as you’re permitted to based on the instructor’s determination, class learning can provide a great number of drawbacks.

I think one of the problems is that we have been told how difficult it is to learn another language, especially one like Japanese that has no relevance to English. We seem to believe that because we have learned one method of communication that we can’t drop our long list of preconceived notions and just learn a different method of communication. English is a very specific language, as is Japanese. If we can simply wrap our heads around the possibility that we can learn two different but specific methods of communications we can probably increase the chances of being able to learn Japanese fast.

What I really like about taking courses online, aside from being able to get to it at midnight when the house is quiet, is that I can move at the pace I find appropriate. I can take a little extra time on a particularly tough lesson but then I can breeze through a lesson that I find much easier.

This was an interesting benefit for me since I wasn’t sure that it would be a viable concept at all. However, with some dedication to “showing up” for each lesson, it’s really not as hard as I thought it would be. I don’t feel constricted by old principles. Once I dropped the principle that instruction had to take place in a classroom, it was much easier to drop my preconceived notions that languages different from English are particularly tough to grasp.

Apparently, it is possible for me to learn Japanese fast provided I follow those two basic principles. Sometimes I forget and start thinking that I might not master the language as I want to, but as soon as I remember that what usually stands in our way of really developing our potential is the preconceived notions that for whatever reason, we just can’t.


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