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New Year New Goal

Happy New Year!

I do not have New Year goals for the past few years as my life is “evolving” fast with an infant quickly turns toddler. Now that my toddler is going to school, I want to set a New Year goal for 2018.

The goal is…

(drum roll)

… to pass JLPT N4 examination.

Some readers might have known that I have been learning Japanese. But you might not know that I have failed JLPT examination few years back. I felt discouraged, though I had expected the results because I was doing insufficient self-studying. No classroom learning during that time because the job needed travelling and there was no teacher teaching my level (somewhere between beginner and intermediate).

To make the goal a success, I am making it SMART.

Specific — To pass JLPT N4 examination. I will be self-studying, thus the first step is to get some JLPT N4 books.

Measurable — Results slip will be received. I will know whether I achieve the goal or not.

Achievable — I had failed by a few marks for the previous test. Thus, aiming for a pass is achievable if I can allocate more time for learning.

Results-based — After passing JLPT N4, I will plan a trip to Japan. I find out that I have only been to countries where I know the language. It is because I have phobia of being in an environment where I do not understand a word any person speaks.

Time-bound — The examination is on December. I have sufficient time for preparation.

Steps for achieving the goal

  1. To get JLPT N4 books with CD
  2. Update what I have learnt on Duolingo onto my blog
  3. Target learning hours per day: one hour from Mondays to Fridays

Wish me luck!

What is your new year goal? I wish you all the best for whatever goals that you want to achieve in 2018.

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Japanese Journey 一

I have mentioned that I am going to learn Japanese and share the learning experience. It is a good motivation when you declare something online because you know somebody out there will be waiting to read your learning experience. So, over the past weekend, I took out the Japanese learning book that I have stopped reading for a while and tried to figure out why I have put two bookmarks in the book. (We will get back to the bookmarks later.)

I like watching Japanese anime. The ultimate goal of learning Japanese is to watch Japanese anime without subtitles. I have started learning Japanese a few years ago, when I started working. I joined a Japanese learning class and took the Japanese Language Proficiency Test. Because of the test and the paid class, I studied hard and dreamt that if I took all the tests up to Level 1, I would visit Japan and speak like a native.

*Pop* The dream (夢、ゆめ) broke into pieces when life changed. I had more responsibilities at work and my personal life changed too, so I stopped attending class and stopped learning Japanese. Then, I reached another life stage with more time available, so I started learning Japanese with a book. I was not too motivated that time, because Japan has been hit by tsunami and I won’t be visiting Japan any sooner. Slowly the book was put aside.

Back to the bookmarks, as I have learnt Japanese before, though most of the grammar and conjugation are forgotten, I still remember some basic vocabulary such as numbers and common phrases. Thus, the first bookmark is at the numbers where I want to do some revision and the second bookmark is at the greetings.

And now that my Japanese Journey has started, again, the book has four bookmarks, with addition two bookmarks at particles and Japanese writing system respectively. Hopefully by the end of the journey, the book will be free of bookmarks.


Japanese written in Japanese

Lessons learnt

1. Find the motivation to learn a foreign language, preferably a strong motivation.

2. Set time for learning the language, else you will use “No time” as a reason to stop learning.

3. Use bookmark as your guide. Even if you have stopped learning, when you pick up the book again, your mind will bring you back to where the bookmark is.

Next lesson here…