Still Alive

Hello.

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Just a short update today. Sorry for the lack of updates — a lot of things had been happening (or not, which is not quite a good thing.)

Anyway, I stepped into 2017 feeling quite so-so about everything, haha. I wasn’t that excited for anything, I guess, because nothing has been confirmed for my studies or… anything, really. Nothing really excites me.

However! I decided to take the JLPT N4 in July this year, yayy. I checked the date and found out that it’s a week after Eid Mubarak, so hopefully that’ll give me enough time to study and review. I finished my N5 textbook (I used the TRY! textbook, I’ll post a review later) a week ago, so I’m really happy about that. At least I finished something. Still a lot of things to learn and I’m still reviewing and revising on N5 materials, making sure that I really master it, before moving on to the N4 materials. I’m skipping the N5 exams, you see, so I want to really be sure and confident that I can do it. I don’t really have that many people supporting me or know that I’m studying Japanese (I don’t really wanna know what they’d think of me, either) and so, I prefer it to be secretive this way, haha.

As they say, “Let success be your noise”. So I’m doing just that. ^^

I have thought of deleting this blog, but I’m a bit on the sentimental side so I hold this blog close to heart. Even though the posts aren’t that interesting and are not helpful nor positive usually, I’d still like to keep it and update it, albeit not frequently like this… Ah, I really hope I can update more. Anyway, here’s to a wonderful and productive 2017! I’m ready to get back on track!!!

See you guys in the next post, and hopefully I’ll get to post up the drafts I’ve been wanting to, haha. Have a good day! ❤

 

Language Learning Log — 25th Sept

Hello. Wow, these log posts used to be posted once a week, then once every two weeks, and now it’s once a month? …It kinda makes me think as if I’m learning languages only one week a month, and that’s discouraging…

Anyway, I do have exciting good things to log in about in today’s post, so more under the jump!

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Here, have a picture of my cat not caring about me trying to study. 

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Language Log – 31st July & Number in Languages

Hello. I know that it’s August already, but I needed something to take my mind off work for now, so tadaa.

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I’m happy to say that even though last week I didn’t get to study everyday, I think I got my main weekly goals done and I feel my studies are fruitful so far, so yay. Unfortunately I’ll be busy this week with my subtitling, so I’m not sure if there will be a language log next week, but I’ll try my best!

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De-Cluttering.

Hello, long time no post.

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I’ve been kinda out of it since before Eid, (happy Eid Mubarak yall!!), and I’ve been lazy and bummed out for no particular reason these past few weeks.

I don’t know why, and maybe I just think too much sometimes. I don’t overthink one thing, you know. I think of many things at one time, haha. I’m glad I have my journal with me, and I pour everything there. I don’t think I have any ideas for this blog either. I wanted to write up something about my life, but nothing comes to mind. In the end, I’m writing about languages again in this post, haha.

A few days ago, I’ve been trying to pick myself up to study again, to manage time again, and to ignore all the negative things. I mean, all the negatives are part of life as well, but I don’t think I need too much of those in life. So I’ve been taking my time, cleaning off my room, my living room (without my family knowing lol) and also been deleting some apps and resources on my phone and laptop that aren’t useful to me and the ones I don’t use.

I’ve also made a list on the resources I’m focused on, and figured that I’ll have a clearer vision of what I’m gonna learn and what to expect in my language learning. I suck at setting goals and managing time but it’s all because I’ve been jotting down all the ‘unspecified’ goals, and it actually bothers me. I should have put “TTMIK level 4 lesson 13” instead of just a “TTMIK lesson”, you know, hahaha.

Also! Yesterday I listened to a Japanese drama CD and I’m proud to say that I understood what’s going on in the drama CD, without a translation to guide me, haha. Nobody translated it, and I figured out the story line as I listen, and I could make up some words and I just… I’m just happy that I understand the situation as a whole. It was a cute story too haha. I don’t exactly understand what they say, but I know what’s going on and personally, that’s a huge step for me. That’s a huge motivation for me. So next up, gonna try to understand ’em bit by bit.

I also discovered that translating something and making it understandable is way cooler and funner than direct translations. I personally think that translating is a skill, and if you can mend the words to be a beautiful piece (without relying too much on the proofreader), then that’s an artwork itself. I mean, if you just direct-translate it, the beauty of the language isn’t there. What you understand and how you translate and convey to people, now that’s beautiful.

Anyway, this was a useless rant haha. I still have a long way to go, and I know that, but these little achievements have made me so happy so far, alhamdulillah. May these joyful journey continue to bring me new experience and happiness! I’m going to make translating as a career one day, and this is where it all starts. If I don’t start now, my future self would totally regret it later.

Now then, I’ll be off writing down my goals for this week and next week. I’ll try to update on how that goes, hopefully. Thank you for reading and see you guys in the next post~ Byeom! ❤