Update: So apparently this was almost a year ago, I didn't actually end up following through, and just got all scatterbrained about it when life got hectic. Due to some circumstances with Paypal and all I ended up emailing Koichi at Textfugu today to cancel my subscription and let him know that he would be getting my last payment, after Paypal had stopped paying for the subscription and my account was suspended. He told me not to bother, and that he'd upgrade me to a Lifetime account, since I had already spent more than the value of that account. Long story short, I'm going to try this again! So here's my original log of the first chapter, and I'm probably going to keep this as a weekly thing. Might be Wednesdays might be some other day, still figuring out the logistics of it. Anyway, the content of the first chapter didn't really change since I've been away and the original log still holds true:
I've taken a year of Japanese at a University, I did fairly well and really enjoyed the language. I learned enough to ask for directions and understand the very basic structure of the language. I suppose I could have a very simple conversation with someone in Japanese. That being said, it was two years ago since I've last studied the language at all. I'm a bit rusty and I want to take my skills even further. Enter Textfugu. Textfugu is a Japanese learning resource for people who want to self teach themselves Japanese. I'm now a subscriber to this resource and I figured I'd journal my experiences here. SO, anyone who wants to follow my progress or practice with me I'll be writing this over here :3
Textfugu Chapter 1: The book starts off with an introduction on why the system works in the opinion of the author and why you need to learn Japanese the hard way, but the right way in order to really cement your knowledge of the language. The first chapter, which is all I'm going to cover today (because it's actually a ton of writing!) is just the set-up to learning Japanese. I'll be back tomorrow with part 2 which should be the actual start to learning the language. It also seeks to give you tips on motivating yourself to keep going with the lessons in the book so that you can continue to learn and on that front it asks you a series of questions:
Question #1 Why are you learning Japanese?
I want to visit Tokyo and be able to converse freely with the people there. I also want to watch/read anime/manga without subtitles or translations. Plus learning languages is something I enjoy.
Question #2 What excuses are holding you back?
The only one I could think of was that I was too busy to learn the language, but you know what, I'm not. I do work full time and I have class three nights a week, but that doesn't mean I can't devote a little bit of time each day to gain some great knowledge. I am kind of worried that I'll burn out somewhere in the future and not gain as much from this as I could, but that's partly why I'm writing these journal entries to keep myself motivated.
So that's the end of the little question segment that they have set up for the first chapter. The next section is about setting up a dedicated environment for studying Japanese in. I'm going to say that because most of the work I'm going to be doing with the Language is from my computer I'll be working from the comfort of my bed :P I may move to my desk if that doesn't work out though. It's supposed to be a space associated with getting work done apparently. The next step that they ask you to do is think up some "traditions" or "rituals" associated with Japanese that just become routine so that you find it easier to stay on task.
"Traditions" associated with Japanese:
Finish 1 section of Textfugu per week.
Break the sections into little chunks each day, doesn't matter if it only takes 20 minutes a day to do try and get a little work in every day.
Write to TAY about it once you've finished :3 ( Textfugu actually suggests that you keep quiet about learning Japanese until you've actually made it a regular tradition because telling people you're working on it tricks your brain into thinking it's actually partially complete and you work less hard on it, but I think at least personally it's the opposite for me here with TAY. I want to share it because that's going to be what keeps me moving and it'll allow me to practice with you guys :)
The next section then goes on to say that you should create a learning log! They suggest either a blog, Evernote, or Word. which I guess I already had started here at TAY, so that works out. I feel that this kinda contradicts the whole keeping the fact that you're learning about it secret though which is weird.
So that wraps up the set-up as presented by Textfugu. I'll be bringing you the start of the actual learning with: "The Japanese 'Alphabets'" Tomorrow. After that this will most likely be a weekly affair :)
What did you guys think? I guess I should really wait until the actual learning process begins, but I'm trying to decide on which side of TAY to publish this on, MainTAY or on TAYclassic.