Every now and then, there comes a time when you need to get out of the classroom, pull your head out of the textbooks and put your pen down. For when those moments arise, I compiled a handy list of things you can do to renew your energy and refresh your motivation for learning a language.
Relax with a Japanese Movie, Anime, or TV Drama
Okay, so it doesn’t have to be specifically one of these, but by putting on some kind of media in your chosen language, it’s a sneaky relaxed sort of way to “learn” and pulls your head out of the books for a little while. In fact, I have a list of my favorite Japanese shows and movies on Netflix here. You may not understand everything perfectly, and subtitles may be required, but this is the perfect way to refocus yourself back on your goals: it won’t be long before you can watch this entire movie and understand every word, nuance and plot twist!
Head Back In Time
For the perfect dose of perspective - pull out your books from the first week of classes, especially looking at chapter 1 of your Japanese With Aimee course work. Whatever chicken-scratch scribble you had written down back then will serve as the perfect reminder of how far you have come. Look at the words that you were writing down and remember how confusing they seemed at the time- they probably seem a whole lot easier now huh?
Reward yourself & Enjoy the Process
You’ve got this far, and that is something. You’re already searching the internet looking for the best way to do this. I understand that often the hardest part of Japanese language learning is committing to the decision to get fluent. Now that you’re here, it’s time to get excited. I’ve made learning the language as simple as possible, it’s your turn to find a comfy spot, take the e-book with you, get some new stationery and enjoy the process. Language learning doesn’t have to be textbooks, grammar, and hard work. It can be curled up under a tree in the park or treating yourself to a meal out at a new Teppanyaki place in town.
Use a support network
By support network, I mean me and my team of students. The students who make up my team at Japanese With Aimee get it. We’ve been where you are, we’ve studied and struggled and learned and struggled some more. We’ve all lost motivation and gained it again, and definitely couldn’t have done it without an immense amount of help. And now I’m here to help. So, let me be your language learning guide and help wherever you need it. No question is silly, no mistake is too embarrassing. I am always here to help out!