Here’s a question: Am I the only one who feels that no matter how much I study and practice a new language, I just will never learn enough?
When we moved to Japan two years ago (I know, right!? Two years already!), I knew next to no Japanese at all.
That was daunting. I feel slightly less daunted now…but it took basically the full two years to reach this point.
Last year we invested two weeks of our extremely hot and sweaty summer to studying Japanese at this wonderful place called the Yamasa Institute. Though I feel my Japanese skills significantly improved during our two weeks stay, I found myself wishing I could stay much longer. I felt (and still feel) that I had just barely scratched the surface of understanding.
Yamasa is a language school specifically designed for foreigners to come to Japan and study Japanese. A variety of courses are offered. We did the SILAC program last year and are signed up for it again this year. All courses offered are intense immersion classes-almost no English (or any other language) is spoken.
Besides the primary classes, private and smaller classes are also offered. This year in addition to the SILAC course-which is around 23 class periods per week-we are signed up for three CALL seminar classes per week. Also, instead of staying in the dorms or apartments, we have signed up for a homestay.
I am hoping that with all of the classes, the homestay, and the studying, that my Japanese will significantly level-up during our four week stay.
It’s time to get my Japanese game on!