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English reading and listening – I am learning Japanese

English reading and listening - I am learning Japanese

Todd: So, Eli, how are your Japanese classes going?


Eli: They’re going OK. Japanese is a very difficult language and I think as someone who has never learned another language before I’m struggling more than other kids are. I feel that a lot of the other, say European kids, that this is there third or fourth language, that they can speak fluently, they pick it up very quickly, and for me it’s slightly more difficult. As I say, our school is quite advanced and it moves very, very quickly in conversation. We’re not learning any Kanji, which is kind of difficult cause that’s one thing you really do need to learn if you’re living here, but the conversation moves very quickly and we learn a lot of new stuff, so it’s quite difficult to practice it all. I think that’s the problem I’m finding, and a lot of my friends say the same thing: they’re learning it all but then they don’t have time to practice. It’s actually crazy to think, you’re in Japan but it’s quite difficult to actually practice the Japanese language. You see all my Japanese friends they want to practice English with me, so, you actually end up being very lazy, and not talking that much Japanese, so I think that is the problem, just you have to have conversation through conversation all the time and I’m not really doing that at the moment, so yeah, it’s difficult. I think I’ll get there. I’m just about starting to understand stuff now.



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