Japanese culture is highly appreciated by millions of people worldwide. And while most students find motivation to learn Japanese in watching Anime or thinking about their next holiday trip to Tokyo or Kyoto, Matthew-san helps himself to stay motivated by buying really cool Japanese-themed sneakers for every year his continues learning the language - pretty cool! -.
I’d always been interested in Japanese culture but never seriously started studying it until the initial COVID lockdown. I wanted to do something every day that would keep my brain sharp.
Wasn’t a hard decision to start, but I wondered if I’d stick with it. I tried taking it once in college and it didn’t work out well for me then. Luckily since starting, I’ve only gotten more interested, so here I am at day 860 and still going.
860 days lol.
Keeping conjugations straight, especially when they begin building on each other.
Getting to know my teachers and being exposed to lots more Japanese media/culture than I ever had before. It’s just super fun to be able to talk and understand someone in a different language.
Every year streak that I hit, I buy another Japanese-themed sneaker. I’m a huge sneakerhead and sneakers and streetwear are really popular in Japan.
Stick with it, even when it’s hard. Don’t let perfection be the enemy of progress. Things that seem insanely hard now will eventually become automatic.
I wish, but probably not - oh, no :( -.
Japan’s similar love affair with sneaker culture. And now I love anime, which I’d never watched prior to starting to study.
Did a trial lesson with Kanami-sensei and was hooked.
Absolutely. The structured courses are good intros, and the one-on-one teaching is approachable, fun, and so, so very necessary. If you never actually start trying to talk to people and interact, it will all stay very academic and detached. I’m super introverted. The idea of doing Zoom/Skype calls was so intimidating, but I knew I’d never do it if I didn’t force myself to, and I’m so glad I did. Lean in!