My Language Learning Journey

Photo of the author in Kochi, Japan

はじめまして。ティーナと申します。Mucho gusto. Me llamo Teena.

Nice to meet you. My name is Teena.

I’ve wanted to speak another language for most of my life, and I recently decided get serious about making that a reality. This is where I chronicle my language learning journey.

If you’re here because you’re learning a new language too: ようこそ!Bienvenida! Welcome!

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Are College Classes Worth It to Learn Japanese?

I’ve made several attempts to learn Japanese over many years, and those attempts often started with formal classes through a local community college. I tried night classes, but they were after a day at the office and so late (ending around 9pm), that I couldn’t concentrate. In 2020, I made another attempt because the community…

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My Favorite Tools for Learning Japanese and When to Use Them

I’ve been studying Japanese in earnest since September 2021, though I’ve made many attempts over the last 10+ years. In that time, I’ve tried dozens (maybe hundreds!) of tools, books, videos, and apps. The journey to learning a new language is not going to be the same for everyone. You have to figure out what…

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Below is a small gallery of photos taken during our trip to Japan in 2019. These help me stay motivated to keep learning so I can use my language skills to be more conversational with the locals next time we visit.