Lately, I haven’t been updating this website or posting. I’ve also pretty much stopped being active on twitter. But honestly, I miss being able to work on this project. College, despite being a very exciting and rewarding experience, has pretty much sapped all of my free time away from me. My commutes are long, my homework is tedious, and in my down time I’m exhausted. However, this spring break, I wanted to share some fun details about my experience so far with you all.
One thing college has given me that I couldn’t dream of in high school is the ability to have friendships with people who don’t speak English natively. I’ve had the opportunity to meet a few Japanese people (or at least people who speak Japanese) to have conversations with. Honestly, it’s the best thing I’ve ever experienced for language learning. They’ve given me a lot of useful phrases and vocabulary, such as 「シャックリが出る」, which means to hiccup, or the 〜がり stem, which can be used to describe people.
Another thing college has given me is access to countless resources for language learning that I could have never been able to afford on my own. For example, there is a library on campus that has countless Japanese books and manga. The language courses are a great experience; in my two semesters of French alone I’ve come such a long way in proficiency.
Most importantly, however, I’ve wanted to share with you all my plans for this website’s future. Pretty soon, it will be scrapped and replaced with something bigger and better – a language learning site not just for Japanese, but for other languages like French, Korean, Chinese, Spanish, or German. But don’t worry, the same Japanese resources will be there.
I can’t wait to start things over again, and college will definitely give me the resources to do so.