I haven’t had a Japanese lesson this year. I’ve been away from Japan more than I’ve been in it making it difficult to keep a teacher or to attend a language school. I may have tried harder to resolve that issue if I had been enjoying the language, but when I thought about Japanese I was filled with feelings of dislike. And although I have the ability to force myself to learn I was worried that I would never enjoy the language again.
This morning I was sorting through some of my things when I came across a box of kanji flashcards. Instead of putting these to the side I felt curiosity, I wanted to know how many kanji I could still remember. I started to sort them into order and went through the first 100 cards. I could read 99 of the 100 cards and I made a silly mistake with the one I got wrong. I’m now curious about the rest of the box. It’s a great feeling, long may it continue!