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Am I learning Japanese?

Sharing an inspiring post by Ann Loseva, an English teacher from Moscow whose blog is a joy to read.

Ann talks about her experience teaching herself Japanese, and in the process, explores what learning through the use of apps, resources online, and support from other learners online might look/feel like. Her blog post made me ponder on whether learners need for a schedule or curriculum to make tangible progress in language learning -a given for most of us teachers of ESOL, but something she seems to be exploring at the moment. And wait, did I mention she’s teaching herself Japanese?? If only for that impressive reason, you should read her blog post and discover how she’s doing it.

Thanks Ann for planting a little seed inside my head and making me think about teaching myself my dream language, Arabic. There’s something incredibly empowering in knowing that with all the resources online and enough motivation, I could perhaps make it happen! Looking forward to reading more about your experience learning Japanese.

Ann Loseva's Space

I am in the process. More accurately, a couple of days ago I pulled myself out of the 2-month stagnation process, thanks to this post of Sandy Millin about how she actually is learning Russian. Thanks again, Sandy, for this unintended nudge, which I’m just hopeful will mean effort on my part for more than a few days after this post is out.

Over to the more detailed answer to the question in the title. I am learning, of course. Am I enjoying Japanese? Very much. Am I progressing? Well, I believe I am. Am I happy with my progress (and myself learning)? Not at all. The funniest thing for me here was to look back and track out my post of Dec 3, 2013, the moment when, having studied Japanese for a whole one long week, I came up with morals and lessons, both for myself, for students…

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  1. annloseva on said:

    Wow thank you for this, Laura! This is the first ever reblog of my post)) Thank you.

    I’m really surprised and thrilled at how writing up the story of my learning (little story of attempts at learning, more like) has invigorated myself and some people around who have read the post. This is most exciting to me. And I’ve taken up a couple of new ways to study by the way. Blogging is great, in other words.

    I’m more than happy to have unintentionally planted some seeds. I wish you good luck. I do believe that things are possible, even if hard and in waves of success and downtime. I hope you can start making it happen for yourself!

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