Japanese is Hard 2018.10.04
But here I am, in Japan, learning Japanese. I’m not in a university because I already graduated. I wanted to take Japanese when I was younger, but there were never any classes. Even if there was some available, I was too busy working, so that would have never worked out.
Coming to Japan, the first thing I noticed and that caught my breath away, was the cleanliness, the kind people, and the nature. I love nature. I can stare at nature all day and be totally relaxed. However, I didn’t come here to live in nature. My job is not in nature and most people don't live surrounded by trees and rivers.
In my sharehouse, I am one of the few people who cannot speak any Japanese. I self-studied for a while, and when I came here, just like Spanish, it seemed like everything I learned just magically disappeared, especially when it came to talking to people.
I could say phrases like… はじめまして！ マラさん。 アメリカからきました。And that was about it before I found myself utterly lost for words. While my housemates wanted to know me, it was a struggle to have a conversation with them. I could say less than ten sentences and only a few words like 大丈夫 and はい or いいえ. It was really difficult.
And to be honest, it made me feel depressed. I was disappointed in myself. I thought I knew a lot more but apparently not. However, I didn’t want to let that get to me. In real life, you have to work hard to get what you want.
The good thing is that my sharehouse has a study room right across my own room. While my room has a desk, it’s not as big. The desk in the study room is very spacious and it has a relaxing atmosphere for me to work in.
Right now, I am studying with Minna no Nihongo. The book is all in Japanese, but every Friday, I go to Matsudo station where I meet my other classmates who are struggling to learn the language as well. I really love my teachers because they are very supportive and nice. They are also other people who make me feel welcome in Japan.
Now, I know more phrases and new words, and every time, I try to use them with my housemates. While not perfect, I get comments like my Japanese is improving or getting better, which makes me feel happy. Japanese is hard, but I will continue to work hard.
Hello. This is Mara. I'm from Boston in the US. I teach English and am a student of Japanese. My goals are to live and learn about this wonderful country and make new friends. I also write stories but have never written a blog before. There's a first for everything, though, right?