Well, this is fun! Riccardo of Kaito Monogatari tagged me in this language learning questionnaire. Of all the people I know studying Japanese, Riccardo is the most prolific reader of Japanese literature that I know of. I hope I can be just as good some day.
Anyway, thanks for tagging me, Riccardo! I’m always happy to talk about myself (heh).
What would you consider your native language?
English and Marathi (of the South Indian variety, but who’s nitpicking?). Marathi is my mother tongue; my entire extended family speaks it and I’m still attached to it, though I’m not very good.
What was your first language learning experience?
French class in 5th grade. I don’t know why my elementary school offered a second language, but I’m glad it did, and I learned a lot, surprisingly! Pretty much all of high school French 1 was a repeat of what I had learned in 5th grade.
What languages have you studied and why did you learn them?
Oh gosh. Where do I even begin.
- French – I studied this for four years in high school (and that one year in elementary) because it was part of the curriculum.
- Japanese – I’ve studied Japanese on and off since high school and took 1 year of it in college. I’m still really really not that good at it. I can speak it well enough to get around Japan and I can read manga more or less, but Kanji kills me.
- Korean – To this day, I don’t have a straight answer as to why I decided to study Korean. It’s more like… Korean chose me. I started off being intrigued by the way the language sounded and then started actually learning things after listening to TTMIK’s podcasts.
- Sanskrit – My grandfather is a Sanskrit scholar. I spent a whole summer learning the alphabet and some basic grammar. I have a bunch of books too, but haven’t revisited the language in a long while.
- Italian – It sounds so beautiful! Also one of my best friends knows Italian quite well so I wanted to learn it too. I’m not that good at it, nor am I learning seriously. I’ve just been playing around with it on Duolingo.
How does your personality affect your language learning?
I lack focus when it comes to my hobbies. I always want to do a million different things all at the same time. When I’m studying Korean, I all of a sudden start thinking about studying Japanese or writing my novel or blogging or coding… my mind starts wandering. I find it really hard to focus in front of a textbook. I basically fail at studying, which means I can never advance past a certain level of fluency in any language. Sigh.
Do you prefer learning a language in a class or on your own?
On my own.
What are your favourite language learning materials?
How much time do you spend on language per day?
I always do something that relates to Korean everyday – whether that’s reading a webcomic or novel, listening to music, watching a variety show/drama. But as for actual studying? Hahaha….
What are your short-term and long-term language goals?
- Short-term: Pass TOPIK Level 6 in October.
- Long-term: Become fluent in Korean.
What is your favourite language?
What is the next language you want to learn?
What advice could you give new language learners?
Be proud of every small thing you accomplish. It all adds up!
And now I shall tag some fellow language learning peeps: