Are you interested or..?

Interesting quote I read this week from Ken Blanchard is:

“There’s a difference between interest and commitment. When you’re interested in doing something, you do it only when circumstance permit. When you’re committed to something, you accept no excuses, only results.”

After reading those, suddenly learning foreign language popped up in my head. I have been learning Japanese for about a year or more, and recently I also enrolled myself into a Korean class.

So am I just interested or will I commit to learn Korean too?

I always like Japanese and it’s culture. Maybe it’s because I’m exposed earlier to Japanese than to Korean. But my ancestry is actually Chinese, maybe because of the ban of Chinese language and culture in the past and my parents maybe not really forcing me to communicate in Chinese, I don’t really speak the language.

I learned Chinese for 1.5 years after my university study. Though I don’t find it at first, I had interest in Chinese character later. But speaking is always my weakness; because I can’t pronounce it right.

Actually before learning Chinese, I went to a Japanese class for about 3 months. I didn’t continue it, because most of my friends decided to quit.

Maybe it’s my hidden interest or something. After I’ve been working some time in Singapore. My passion to learn Japanese emerged again. So since a year ago, I’ve been learning it. Maybe my progress is not as fast as my other classmates; but at least, I know that now I can understand better when I listen to a conversation. And I’m able to write short story in Japanese. Despite all the grammatical mistakes. It brings me back memory, when I learned English as my second language.

I challenged myself by taking JLPT, a language examination for Japanese, similar like TOEFL or IELTS. I failed; but I feel good because the reason to study more and the stress during the preparation.
(I’ll probably take it again next year)

Now, I’m learning Korean too. Will I commit to this? Or this will be my interest?

Or do you have similar situation?

  • Billy Dj

    Hey, I’m here again. I was learning Japanese like 4 months before going to Jakarta. And now, 1 year after that… I know that I want to learn it more, but with much works in here I’m ended with watching Japanese Dorama or…. worst is Korean Dramas… Now I’m into Kpop and selectively Jpop… You know… culture smash because of Hallyu Wave and Japanese Tsunami… Not to say… who lets Korean goes into Japanese markets lately =D

    The thing that I learned from my past experience is… that actually the faster way to learn a language is from experience itself. Which means that we should talk with that language more often, maybe daily for an hour with someone. Or weekly with someone. From that point, we can learn together and tell the other people things that we know and get from the other people things that we don’t know.

    I’ve been a Toastmasters International members for 2 years. It’s a public speaking & leadership non profit organizations for English. I can remember my English was sucks 2 years ago. I couldn’t say anything grammatically right. But now, at least it’s becoming better and better. And while my sentences on this comment isn’t exactly right. But at least, I wrote this without reviewing it.

    So, now… could you actually share what method do you actually use to learn Japanese right now? Using iOS apps or maybe japaneseclass.jp or what? And maybe in the future. If you’re interested, would you become my Japanese conversation partner in the Skype? Since, I need someone for this too later =)

    PS: The good thing is that now I can understand 50-60% conversation from the Japanese Variety programmes. Progressss…. But still, I couldn’t say anything right in Japanese except for phrases XD

    • That’s true. Language is a skill that you need to use it often to understand it. (Even you use it daily, sometimes you still make some mistakes).

      Now, I’m repeating the pattern of how I learn English in the past to learn Japanese. I read a novel (bilingual one, it’s faster to understand the meaning) and write a blog (kartika9.tumblr.com). As for speaking, it’s a little bit hard, because I still take time to compose the sentence in my head. 

      Good on you that you can understand 50-60% of the variety show. I’m more on j-dorama, though not that often recently.

      About k-drama, I’m pretty selective about the casts. I’m still quite choosy about the type of story too. So, I take it slowly for it. And somehow, by learning korean, I’m more motivated to learn about japanese. 

      iOS app I used is Kotoba!, NihongoUp, Learn 日本語 by Tae Kim. Kotoba! is a dictionary, NihongoUp is like a flash card game of kana, kanji and particles (so you learn it in a fun way) and the last one is more like a study book (you can find the web version too I guess). My friend recommended me JapanesePod101 in the past, he said it’s good, and quite practical since you can put it inside your iPod.

      Well.. we can chat in Japanese hehe..

      • Billy Dj

        Ic, that’s great. I still couldn’t read kanji yet… That’s why I envy you can read bilingual novel. My only motivation to learn Japanese is actually so that when I go to Japan someday… I could speak with their own language. And of course I want to know how fun to watch live concert at least once in japan.

        • Trust me, my Kanji is not that good yet.. 
          Sometimes I read it as how I read Hanzi, because I learn it before.. But it also become double edge sword, I easily forget how I should read it in Japanese. Oops.. 

          Yeah, that’s the ultimate goal of learning language.. To be able to communicate with the native 😀

  • Billy Dj

    Hey, I’m here again. I was learning Japanese like 4 months before going to Jakarta. And now, 1 year after that… I know that I want to learn it more, but with much works in here I’m ended with watching Japanese Dorama or…. worst is Korean Dramas… Now I’m into Kpop and selectively Jpop… You know… culture smash because of Hallyu Wave and Japanese Tsunami… Not to say… who lets Korean goes into Japanese markets lately =D

    The thing that I learned from my past experience is… that actually the faster way to learn a language is from experience itself. Which means that we should talk with that language more often, maybe daily for an hour with someone. Or weekly with someone. From that point, we can learn together and tell the other people things that we know and get from the other people things that we don’t know.

    I’ve been a Toastmasters International members for 2 years. It’s a public speaking & leadership non profit organizations for English. I can remember my English was sucks 2 years ago. I couldn’t say anything grammatically right. But now, at least it’s becoming better and better. And while my sentences on this comment isn’t exactly right. But at least, I wrote this without reviewing it.

    So, now… could you actually share what method do you actually use to learn Japanese right now? Using iOS apps or maybe japaneseclass.jp or what? And maybe in the future. If you’re interested, would you become my Japanese conversation partner in the Skype? Since, I need someone for this too later =)

    PS: The good thing is that now I can understand 50-60% conversation from the Japanese Variety programmes. Progressss…. But still, I couldn’t say anything right in Japanese except for phrases XD

    • That’s true. Language is a skill that you need to use it often to understand it. (Even you use it daily, sometimes you still make some mistakes).

      Now, I’m repeating the pattern of how I learn English in the past to learn Japanese. I read a novel (bilingual one, it’s faster to understand the meaning) and write a blog (kartika9.tumblr.com). As for speaking, it’s a little bit hard, because I still take time to compose the sentence in my head. 

      Good on you that you can understand 50-60% of the variety show. I’m more on j-dorama, though not that often recently.

      About k-drama, I’m pretty selective about the casts. I’m still quite choosy about the type of story too. So, I take it slowly for it. And somehow, by learning korean, I’m more motivated to learn about japanese. 

      iOS app I used is Kotoba!, NihongoUp, Learn 日本語 by Tae Kim. Kotoba! is a dictionary, NihongoUp is like a flash card game of kana, kanji and particles (so you learn it in a fun way) and the last one is more like a study book (you can find the web version too I guess). My friend recommended me JapanesePod101 in the past, he said it’s good, and quite practical since you can put it inside your iPod.

      Well.. we can chat in Japanese hehe..

      • Billy Dj

        Ic, that’s great. I still couldn’t read kanji yet… That’s why I envy you can read bilingual novel. My only motivation to learn Japanese is actually so that when I go to Japan someday… I could speak with their own language. And of course I want to know how fun to watch live concert at least once in japan.

        • Trust me, my Kanji is not that good yet.. 
          Sometimes I read it as how I read Hanzi, because I learn it before.. But it also become double edge sword, I easily forget how I should read it in Japanese. Oops.. 

          Yeah, that’s the ultimate goal of learning language.. To be able to communicate with the native 😀