Q: How can I learn Japanese and keep up with school?
Hello everyone! It's Daniel, and for the last 3 months I am learning Japanese.
So I'm a high school student, and I learn physics and computer science as my main departments. It's really hard to keep up with learning Japanese and learning all the stuff that I learn in school, and I really don't wanna throw everything I learned away, so my question is: How can I learn Japanese while I am busy with my school stuff?
Thanks for all the people commenting
If you are in the US, high schools generally require 2 years of a foreign language. As another poster suggested talk to the schools academic counselor as they may be able to help you gain credit either through independent study or a local college program where you can earn college credit. Honestly if you can earn college credit for any of your high school programs it’s worth looking into anyway. If these are not viable options for your situation commit to anywhere between 5 - 30 minutes of studying Japanese a day but find a time commitment that will not negatively impact your regular schooling. Although, it may be slow you will still make progress over time.
It's all about time management. Simple as that.
Take my study habit as an example:
I am a university student; by the way, so there's a lot of things need to be doing like laboratories and thesis but I still manage to study Japanese every day and keep my streak going by allotting 1~2 hours old by time--depending on how busy you are-- by completing 50 exp a day and watching like 3 anime episodes(I consider watching subbed anime a supplemental Japanese learning tool and heck it's also enjoyable). I'll say it again, time management. As long as you have a passion for learning, you'll always can/will manage to get free time to learn Japanese. Hope that encourages you!
Does your high school give any credits for independant study? Go talk to your guidance councellor, as you might be able to recieve some school credit for your Japanese studies if you do it as an independant study elective.
It all depends on the goal. I personally want to visit Japan. I also want to play non-localized Japanese games. And these are only initial goals. If there is a clear goal, time can always be found.
Alright so I'll just leave a comment for everyone: Thank you all for the advices I'll do all of them and keep learning Japanese, Thanks!
P.S. I do not get any school credits, sucks... My goal is to visit Japan and speak Japanese perfectly. @macky650387, thanks for sharing your way of managing your time, I'll take notes :)
I would find some sound only lessons online and listen to it when you are traveling to school or doing chores during lunch break etc.
You don't have to spend hours learning Japanese when you are busy with school subjects right now. Just commit to doing one tiny lesson a day, 15 minutes a day, just so you don't lose the connection. Then when you have more time to devote to your Japanese language studies you can do more. Don't drop it altogether. It doesn't have to be all or nothing. One tiny lesson a day on here (not even a full set, just one lesson), that's my suggestion for you.
If you're having trouble keeping up with school, just set your daily XP goal down a click or two. I also recommend hitting the 'practice' button at least one per day to keep refreshing yourself on parts of the language you have already learned, as just pushing down the tree will probably result in your forgetting things from earlier lessons. With language learning, as with every skill you could possibly learn, the key to success is working on it daily. It is okay to do less when other things are more important.
Motivation fades. Discipline, once formed, does not. If you have 5 minutes spare to study, it will help. Remember, there is no single way to keep up your skills. Any use of the language whatsoever contributes to your memory. You can write a single sentence. Watch a Japanese movie. Listen to a Japanese song. Read random words in a dictionary for a few minutes. Do an exercise. Practice speaking. Point to things and try to name them in your head. Read a page from a textbook. If you lack chunks of time, that doesn't matter.
Do five minutes before eating dinner or after watching t.v. You could also do ten minutes before going to sleep. five minutes a day is better than two hours once a week. Another thing would be to at least practice three or five phrases a week.