This year one of my main goals is to improve my Japanese. So, less than two weeks into January, I started new Japanese classes! My first private lesson was this evening after work, and I have to admit I was a little nervous. I needn’t have been though – my teacher is lovely, and I really enjoyed it! I’ve booked my lessons through Bristol’s only Japanese school, YU JLS, and have opted for private lessons for now.
Today’s lesson was basically just a chat so my teacher could check my level, and she was very complimentary about my speaking ability. I’m not sure if that was just the typical flattery Japanese are so well-known for – 「上手ですね！」(Jyouzu desu ne / You’re so good at that!) – or whether actually I’m not as bad at speaking as I think I am. Either way, I felt quite good about it!
I’ve agreed with my teacher that I need to focus on reading, writing, kanji, and grammar, whereas my listening and speaking aren’t too bad. I’m going to be studying for JLPT N3, as I mentioned previously, and also using the textbook Japanese For Busy People II (which I have used a bit of before, but it will be good revision as I’ve forgotten so much).
I feel really good about studying again. Although I know it will be hard to fit it back into my schedule, I’m excited about improving my skills and hopefully becoming more fluent. がんばります！