My spectacular Japanese failure

七転び八起き。Nana-korobu, ya-oki. Fall down seven times, get up eight. -- 日本のことわざ

A failure establishes only this, that our determination to succeed was not strong enough. -- Bovee

I’m not really learning Japanese in just three months

It’s more like six years and three months. After six years of pretending to study and learn and practice Japanese, I've decided it’s time to take real action, now. Thus, the three month goal to push

Why three months? What’s my motivation?

  1. Because I am best motivated by pressure (pain).
  2. I’m exhausted of fooling around with the language and not having any significant, recent progress (more pain).
  3. I chose not to spend much time on my existing languages—Spanish, Portuguese, and ASL—and now I’m really rusty at those. So I want to brush up on those again (just a little more pain). Thankfully, they’ll come back quickly.
  4. I want to move on and learn a new language, something easier next: I’m hoping it’s German (pleasure).
Aside: I know I'm not the only person who is more motivated by pain than pleasure. That will be my next blog: Transformational Motivation. I jest.

The path to success, L. Cromwell

That's not to say that I haven't learned a thing or two over the years. I can read and write kana, and I read smoothly as long as the text contains yomigana, or furigana.