NIHONGO NO BENKYOU WA MUZUKASHII

By Elizabeth Soto

As I am finishing up my third semester studying the Japanese language, I find I am not quite as satisfied with myself as I thought I would be at this point when I first started learning.  My initial reason for learning the language was to integrate it into my major as one of the minor literatures I would study, besides English, but that is now an impossible gesture given that I started learning the language my second year in and at least three years of study are needed in order to study Japanese literature in the original language.  After I finished my first year of studying, I consulted a sensei on whether it would be a good idea to take intermediate Japanese over the summer to substitute an academic year and make up for not having started my freshman year, but she highly recommended NOT to do it.  [I can now see why.]  That recommendation, coupled with the fact that I am a lower middle class Latina student with sensible parents that were obviously hoping I would be a doctor or a lawyer, shot my dream solution to pieces.

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