This post is for anyone who has an interest in learning Japanese. For both the people who are just starting and for those who have already started, and especially for those people who may have given up.
I am going to say something that you probably won’t hear very often….wait for it….Learning Japanese takes a lot of hard work and perseverance.
Does that mean that it’s not worth it? Definitely not! My Japanese ability allowed me to study in Japan and and eventually live and work in Tokyo. I now live in the more tropical Okinawa. I speak Japanese on a daily basis and still enjoy doing so. But it wasn’t always this way. There was a time when I could barely count to 10 and would get flustered if someone asked me 元気ですか？(how are you?). So how did I get from there to here? Hard work and perseverance.
I have written a ton of articles about how to learn Japanese faster, easier, and have more fun. I still believe that all of those things are true and that the advice I have given is solid. I have used these tips myself. However, while they may be more fun and efficient, you will still need to put in the time and work.
Why am I going on like this? Two reasons. The first is that if you think that learning Japanese will be too easy, then you will probably give up after a short time. The other is that I want to let anyone who is getting frustrated with their learning speed know that it does eventually get easier. Though it may not seem that way for you yet, if you keep going there is a time that things will just start to click. Things will start making sense without you having to think about them so hard.
It’s also important to realize that it’s never too late to start learning. This is true for age and also for those who may have given up.
I myself am back actively studying Japanese. Though I am for all intensive purposes fluent, I decided that I would like to expand my vocabulary and grammar.
It’s never too late to start learning! Start doing something today. Go watch a movie in Japanese or fire up Anki to review your Kanji.
I have also attached a sign up sheet to a free trial of Rocket Japanese. Give it a try and at least go through the free lessons. For those who are just getting started it will teach you the basics. For those who are already studying it will be a great review. If you do decide to purchase then a portion of that sale goes to keeping this website up.
(update 5/3: I have taken down the form, but if you are interested in the Rocket Japanese product, you can find it here.