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Should i keep learning Japanese?

I've been learning French and Japanese on my own time, and Spanish at school. Lately I've been unsure if i should continue learning Japanese. I think it might be holding me back from focusing on other things and it might be too difficult for what it is. If I quit learning Japanese i can focus more on Spanish and maybe even another language. I also might not be able to handle the challenge of learning Japanese when I have so many other things going on. On the other hand, I really like learning Japanese. I'm going pretty slow with the language, but I get a thrill every time I understand something new. I want to go to Japan, and even if i can't go there, I already have the opportunity to talk to the Japanese people around me, which would go to waste if I didn't learn. My friends suggest that i put learning Japanese off for a while, but I don't want to come back to the language years later, not remembering any of the things i worked hard to learn and being frustrated with myself because of it.

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11 months ago

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https://www.duolingo.com/DragonPolyglot
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If you feel like you're not getting anything out of it, it might be best to leave it be for now. I don't want to encourage you to do that though because learning Japanese is really quite rewarding. It's really up to you, but make sure you actually are comfortable with your choice. I can say as someone who learn some Japanese, forgot quite a bit of it and then learnt a lot of it all over again, sometimes it's the second pass that gets you farther. There's no shame in taking a break from a language; sometimes it's your brain saying "I learnt quite a bit more than I was ready for. Let me heal a little, please". You'll actually be surprised how much you can remember in the long-term when you take breaks as much as you need them while practicing regularly (not necessarily every-day, a week is fine as long as it's consistent).

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Reply311 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/sora_Japan

It seems that missiles are coming NOW. (´・_・`) You can do whatever you want before the missiles fall.

Go for it! Good luck! がんばって!

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Reply11 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/TheBryce

Your best bet is to focus on one thing at a time. If you try to juggle too many things at once, you might not achieve any.

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Reply11 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Pfirsch_

Once you've done your exams for school, you can come back to Japanese. For now, I think grades should be the priority. However, It would be a shame to give up on Japanese if it's something you really want to learn.

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Reply111 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Nusete
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So you think that maybe you should stop learning Japanese and don't even thinking about stoping French.. Is that you've started French at first, and then start Japanese? so that's why you are thinking about rejecting Japanese..

You can: 1) fully quit learning Japanese, 2) keep your level of Japanese as it is - ex. using it, listening, recap vocabulary etc., 3) learning really slowly but practising in the same time, 4) no quit, no slow - just keeping as it was

The question is what is your level of Japanese. The lower your level is, the easier you can quit it. If you've give to it a lot of an afford already, it will be hard to just stop it. Another thing is that you have a really good opportunity to talk with native Japanese. It is really a chance. But if there are more important priorities at present, maybe you should reject some Japanese learning.

If I were you a) but know really little of Japanese and having no time, having a lot of things in my life - I will choose to quit it. Because it is no waste for only few words, right? Only for opportunities but sometimes it has to be like that. If a were you b) still having some time and knowing that I could do it, even partly I will decide to learn the language but maybe slowly. It depends. And so on..

So what I will tell you is you have to decide by yourself because you know what you can and you know exactly how it is now so you will make the best choices. So think about it and choose one option from these four.

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Reply111 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/sebastians.s
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Always prioritize your studies before other learning. You can always come back to Japanese later.

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Reply11 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/SquanchSour
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Maybe you should just hold off on it for a while. Frankly, the Japanese course isn't amazing on here. (Not fluent in Japanese, but I just don't feel like I've learned much from it)

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Reply11 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Jeremy2392

No course is going to be as good as learning through immersion. Learning the "alphabet" on here has been very easy. The grammar structure you definitely have to pick apart on your own. It seems good for practicing once you learn the syntax though

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Reply11 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/SquanchSour
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I find the Hiragana part alright, but when they start mixing Kanji and Katakana it's different. For starters, they mostly teach how the Kanji sounds rather than what it's saying. They'll teach you the word "Sensei" however you don't actually learn what each kanji means. And they mix it with Katakana.

I feel like it would make more sense to start with Hiragana, learn words in Hiragana, then go on to Katakana, learn words in Katakana, and then Kanji.

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Reply19 months ago