What is this blog for anyway?

I want to talk a bit about where I see this blog heading. I know, I’ve had it for a long time, but only recently have I been using it more. So, I want to lay down a few markers in this post.

Think of this post as a forward vision post.

There are two main things I want to record. No, make that three — but I’m getting ahead of myself.

1. The first thing is, I guess, pedagogical, but at an individual level. What language-learning strategy is working for me? What hurdles am I encountering in my quest to learn Japanese? How much did I do today? What didn’t I do enough of?

And so on. These discussions may be of some use to readers. While a lot of the language blogs are written by polyglots, experienced teachers and students, I think I bring a unique perspective in that I’m most definitely NOT a language-learning expert. I’m stumbling along trying to find out what works and what doesn’t.

And who am I? I’m the expat who finds himself surrounded by Japanese, and locked out of greater social interaction because of my language deficiency.

I’m the guy who’s on the wrong end of the bell curve in terms of language-learning ability — in other words, I suck at it.

I’m the guy who’s also dealing with culture shock and homesickeness.

I’m the guy who’s learning his first foreign language. (OK, I speak a bit of Cantonese, since that’s what I grew up speaking at home, but it’s pretty bad Cantonese, to tell the truth. So, in effect, Japanese is my first foreign language.)

2. The second thing I want to record is my day-to-day wrestling with the Japanese culture and workplace in which I find myself. These will be intensely personal feelings, and will let me vent, or gripe, or whine — whatever.

The important thing is that I have an outlet to express my feelings in that way. Since I have no friends that I can share such feelings with freely (i.e. in my own language), then this blog, I’m afraid, is it. Welcome to my inner world.

3. The final thing is technical. I need some place to put interesting articles (Japanese and English) that I can then import into my Pocket app and read on my phone. Those articles will be pretty obvious I hope.

And that’s that! Long post this time. I’ll try to cut the crap for next time.


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