起死回生 (Kishi kaisei) – Japanese Saying
Somebody asked me the other day to write about why I decided on studying Japanese and I started to think about it. For me, the choice came pretty naturally. I had studied the language before, I have a “need” to learn it since I watch a lot of anime and I also like the challenge of it. I’ve also come to the point where I can kind of understand a few words here and there and some sentences, especially through anime, so I have come past that first very confusing part of the studies. I also have a huge and very genuine interest in Japan and the culture of the country, so learning the language is a natural next step there.
The main reason why I wanted to learn japanese the first time around was since I was very deep into my otaku phase where I read all the manga (and manhwa) that my local library had, watched only anime and read manga online (mainly through pirated sites, which I have since stopped supporting). So part of all that I also wanted to learn Japanese, because it felt like a thing I should be learning. I also dreamed of going to Japan, and I still do, and knowing the language would make my travel anxiety quite a bit easier to handle. Being able to read and communicate some basics feels like an essential part of prepping for a future trip.
Besides hopefully being able to watch anime without subtitles I also really do like the language. Like any foreign language, it makes no sense in the beginning but once you start getting a little bit it becomes a beautiful language. There is so much to learn and I’m happy that I’m going into it with quite a bit more motivation than last time. I have also enticed both my SO and a friend to tag along in the learning, so slowly but steadily things go forward.
For me, the best way to learn is definitely by courses and classes so I am super thankful that there is one available through Arbis. The teacher is really good and the course quite laid-back. I have also picked up Duolingo again and am so happy that it supports Japanese now! At some point, I might also pick up my old books at some point, but I need to learn to read hiragana first. Reading and writing have always been my weaknesses with Japanese, but this time I’m getting a better hang of it. I also installed a Japanese keyboard on my phone so hopefully, I will be able to use the language a bit more often with people who can understand it.
Also before you ask: The quote on top is a Japanese saying or a words of wisdom kind of thing. It means to come out of a desperate situation and make a complete return in one sudden burst. I have been hearing (and seeing) it a lot lately, so I figured I would share it. I am also very much hoping that the kanji are correct…