Hi Everyone! This is my first post, so be kind. I'm going to ask a question that some of you may find offensive, but I feel that it's one worth asking.
What are the practical uses of Japanese? I've bee absolutely fascinated with Japanese culture since I was young. When I got older and began studying the language in my free time, I fell in love with the sound of the words. The way they came of the tongue always felt so good to me! Of course, like many people anime was what attracted me to the culture initially, but even if anime didn't exist, I would still love it. Just thinking about tatami mats, sliding paper doors, green tea, and endless mountains thrills me! I genuinely have fun learning about the culture.
The problem is that I found myself investing a great deal of time in studying Japanese, and when you find yourself spending a lot of time on something, you have to quetion if you're spending it wisely. After I read this article I grew really concerned:
I used to study Spanish but it was absolutely miserable. I couldn't roll my tongue to save my life. I watched several YouTube videos on the topic, and tried my hardest, spraying saliva everywhere in the process. But to be frank, my tongue just doesn't move that way. Most importantly though, I've never felt the connection to the culture that I feel with Japanese.
I just panic at the thought of spending ten years studying Japanese, and only being able to use it to understand the Pokemon anime without subtitles. :/ So, what do you guys do with your Japanese language skills?
The simple answer is that you use Japanese to converse with native Japanese speakers. Now, you have to take a lot of Ken Seeroi's opinion columns with a grain of salt because he likes to toss attempted humor into his pieces and some of the humor can best be summed-up as 「さむ」. That said, he DOES make a good point that actually applies to almost ANY foreign language: Unless you're expecting to live in the country the language is spoken in, you will spend MANY more hours learning a language than you will actually spend CONVERSING in the language. Only you can make the decision as to whether this is a suitable use of your time.
Personally, I'm 55 and not going to be chosen to be hired by any Japanese company to work over there (nobody wants to have a senior citizen as a new-hire) so there's no chance of my ever living in Japan, yet I've chosen to go down this path of learning a foreign language "that isn't Spanish" simply for selfish reasons... There are English-translated anime based off of light novels, yet the anime hardly ever take the stories to completion. It bugs me when I've started a story but can't finish it. So I want to be able to read the novels in their original form without having to depend on the current popularity to keep the anime funded.
Is this a good use of my time? For me the answer is "Yes" but as I said before, only you can answer the question for you.
The_World_Ends_With_You san, san, Konnichiwa. Thank you for posting your opinions. I agree with san. The_World_Ends_With_You san, aren’t you satisfied with your achievement? I think if you set a goal and achieve the goal, you don’t need to care about others’ thought about Japanese study… Yuki 由紀 0Team JapanesePod101.com
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