New Year Goals

あけましておめでとうございます!

We have entered a new year, which means ridiculously grand resolution, I mean attainable daily goals time.

Here’s my list.

A bit of Korean everyday, laddering from Japanese.

I actually studied Korean before even thinking about Japanese.  A lot of my high school friends were Korean, as was my roommate, so I did pick up a bit of it.  TV helped.   If I remember correctly, the first 6 months of my Japanese studies was spent trying not to think In Korean.  But I decided to pick it up again.  So far, it’s been a frikin breeze, especially since I’m using the laddering method.  I watched a show yesterday and was surprised by how much I still remember.  My thinking is if I wait too long the comprehension might go away, so I’m gonna try to maintain it now.  My reading/pronunciation has already gone to crap, and I don’t want the rest of my skills to go bye-bye.

Japanese everyday.

Same old, same old, except with more translation/transcription.  Games, manga, tv, other people, more books.  Gonna try to do something big before I reach my 2 year mark.  Don’t know what yet.  Suggestions?

Actually make a video at some point.

Heh, yeah. We’ll see.  I’ll try. Maybe when it gets warmer.  I don’t feel like dropping my technology.

Talk to at least one stranger a day, at least while in Japan.

A simple こんにちは would count as a victory.  I think I need to get more comfortable with speaking.  I’m a very quiet person in general, and even more so in Japanese, but <bighead>my comprehension/vocabulary is certainly not the problem</bighead>.  My problem is actually harder to fix, I think.  You can always learn new words and stuff.  It’s harder to change a personality.  Not impossible, but it will take some 努力 on my part.  But I think I can do it.  This goal will bring me one step closer to a new me.

 

Good luck in the new year, may your faces be glorious(?).

Author: Koyami

I'm Koyami. I am a freelance Japanese-English Translator and I enjoy learning new skills and reading in my spare time. Current pursuits include learning Mandarin Chinese, getting familiar with Blender, and collecting all of the 十二国記 books. Follow me on Twitter and Google+ for blog updates, my Japanese word of the day, and more!