I seem to have a hard time speaking English. It’s not like I have totally forgot it, it’s my native language and I’ve been speaking it for 15 years! I know it sounds crazy but I’ve done some research on it. A person can actually lose their ability to speak their native language after a while if it isn’t as incorporated into their daily life as their second language learned over time. I highly doubt I’m at that point yet, I’ve only been learning Japanese for about a year or two.
Sometimes I have difficulty with remembering English vocabulary or I’ll absentmindedly respond in Japanese. For example someone will be telling me something and agreeing with them I’d say そうですね。 Or like in Spanish my teacher will say to write things about yourself and I’d start writing in Japanese. Most of my friends are used to it though, they’ve heard me totally ramble off in Japanese.
I don’t consider myself fluent in Japanese however, I consider myself like an mid beginner kind of in between beginner and intermediate. I’ve learned my kana (still working on recognizing the katakana quicker) and have learned a few essential kanji. Listening and speaking seem to be my stronger skills compared to writing.
People give my crazy looks every time I tell them I think Japanese is easy. Not necessarily am I saying it’s easy like Spanish (Which I happen to know. I studied Spanish in high school for 2 years.) my person opinion is that it is to me. I’ve always liked a challenge and I had always wanted to find an additional language to speak. I immediately narrowed it down to one of the major Asian languages like Mandarin, Korean, Japanese, Thai, or Vietnamese. At that time I was watching Japanese dramas and took an interest in them. So I was like why not try to learn the language?
And here I am two years later, still learning the language. I do know I want to achieve fluency in the language however I don’t know what I plan to do with my acquisition of the language.
~Ta ta for now~