Today I am going to share what I love about stuyding a different language and what I find challenging.
What I like:
- Making friends with people who I wouldn't have been able to speak to without the different language - this is also a huge motivation for me to continue studying.
- Being able to understand jokes and laugh at the jokes with native speakers - this was one of my main goals when I started studying Japanese.
- Discovering a different world. When I speak a different language I feel it helps me understand the culture and the behaviour of the native speakers of the langauge.
- Feeling confident to be alone in a new city or place because I know enough of the language to ask for directions, order at a restaurant and make small talk.
- I can have different personalities - this may sound stange, but when I talk in Japanese I speak in a different way to how I speak English. For example, more polite!
What I find difficult:
- Feeling embarassed when I am in a group situation with native speakers and struggle to understand. I remember one time in Japan I had dinner with around 10 people from my boyfriend's family and it was so hard for me to understand because they spoke so fast. I remember feeling so lonely and wanting to cry! Instead of getting upset, I took this situation as motivation to study harder!
- I always think the first 3 months of studying a langauge is the hardest. This is because you don't know enough yet to start communicating or understand. However, with all new things, once they become familiar it gets easier and easier.
- Sometimes it is difficult to express my real personality or opinion because I can't explain exactly what I want to say in a different language.
What do you like or dislike about studying a different language?