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Not too easy. Not too difficult.
First off, Japanese as a language is simplistic and beautiful. There is many a time where I wish English would imitate Japanese because of how much easier things would be. Besides is being a fun course, there is also a lot of work that comes with it. Learning how to write all of the characters and beginning to understand Japanese grammar seemed like a lot at first, but things fell into place extremely well. A large part of the course comes with actually speaking the language. This built comradery within the class because we couldn't really reach out to anyone but each other for help. Enjoying a language with a great group of friends was what really made the course for me.
All in all, my entire time spent in this course was amazing. There was never a day that I did not look forward to going to class. Two things really stand out as highlights of my time in this course. First would be that we watched two different animated films during the course of the semester. When I first started learning, it seemed pretty far fetched that I would ever be able to actually understand anything that was being said in the movies unless I were to take a full four years of Japanese. Astonishingly enough the movies became easier and easier to understand as the semester continued. Being able to watch something in a completely different language and at the very least have an understanding of what is going on was really cool. The next event that stood out was our classes final projects. For the projects, we were instructed to do some sort of presentation completely in Japanese, other than that it was up to interpretation. I ended up doing a short play with one of my classmates. It was incredible to see what people came up with. There were multiple plays, presentations on people's visits to Japan, and even a few songs. The best part was that even though we were all speaking Japanese, we could understand everything that was going on. This course has really helped me to learn how to work with a team in a variety of facets, and I cannot wait to continue my education of the Japanese language.
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Advice for students:
I have a few simple instructions. Participate in class. This is the most important thing you can do to learn a language. You have an hour with a native speaker, do not waste it. Do any and all homework that is assigned because that is the material that will be on the tests and quizzes. Write as much as you possibly can. When memorizing words, characters, and kanji, it is important to remember stroke order and create muscle memory. Lastly, talk in the language, text your classmates in Japanese, talk to yourself in Japanese, because you either use the language or you lose it.