Nice to meet you. I’m Teena.
I’ve wanted to learn Japanese since at least the 7th grade, and in Fall 2021, I enrolled at my community college to fulfill this dream and earn an associate’s degree in Japanese. After that, I will take the Japanese Language Proficiency Test (JLPT). This is where I’ll chronicle my journey to Japanese fluency.
Photo of the author in Kochi, Japan
My first post about learning Japanese talked about how I switched schools to earn an associate’s degree in Japanese, but I don’t think I mentioned that the new school term starts a month later than the original one. I was excited to use the extra time to focus on what I need to improve the most: vocabulary. Especially if I’m […]Read more
Even though I’m still a beginner, I like to practice my listening comprehension as much as possible. One of my favorite things to do is watch Japanese television; it’s great for when I don’t feel like actively studying but still want to expose myself to the language. A lot of people caution against watching anime for pronunciation (because the acting […]Read more
I’ve always had great appreciation for language. I deeply admire anyone who speaks more than one language and have always wanted to count myself among them. I’ve wanted to learn Japanese since about the 7th grade — or at least that’s my earliest memory of wanting to learn. I’ve made multiple attempts over the last 10+ years, enrolling in night […]Read more
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.