Hello! Jessica here.
I haven’t been blogging much recently. I think I must have finally hit life-saturation point. I’m now doing so many things that some of them are starting to slip. I’m in the process of going back to work/looking for a job. Also, I’m learning how to drive in the UK (manual transmission + left side of the road + roundabouts = TERROR!! PANIC!! MAYHEM!!!). So, not much being said here recently.
However, I am still taking Japanese lessons. To be honest, I kept going back and forth about them for a while. Are they too expensive? Am I really learning as much as I think I am? Have I actually gone over to the dark side, given that I started this whole Japanese thing the Khatzumoto, All Japanese All The Time way?
Maybe I’ll change my mind later, but for now I think lessons are great for me. I’m learning grammar and being introduced to new vocabulary. I know that a textbook is not the be-all, end-all of language, but now when I go back to look at “real” Japanese on the internet, MUCH more of it makes sense. I no longer need to look up the reading for every single kanji. I’m not getting so overwhelmed with it, and that lets me spend more time with it.
So for me, I think the current solution is to keep taking lessons, but also keep exposing myself to non-polite, anime, and Twitter Japanese. Right now I’m mining sentences like crazy from this Twitter account. (I think it’s supposed to be for Japanese people learning English.)