Hey everyone, my name is Nick Hoyt.
Ever since I was a kid, I always thought the idea of being bi-lingual was super cool. I mean, who wouldn’t want to be able to switch between two (or more) languages with ease, right?
Well, back when I was in middle school I was really interested in learning either German or Russian. Probably because of all the WWII games I played on PlayStation (Medal of Honor). Back then, my family actually had a book called “See It and Say It in German” so I started using it to learn, but I never made it past a few nouns.
Then a lot of time passed and I was in University working on a degree, and I was required to take two semesters of a single language. It wasn’t a large school, so there were only a few options and I went with Spanish, mostly because I thought it would be easy.
Well as it turns out, you actually have to work really hard if you want to get good at a foreign language, and I simply wasn’t passionate enough about Spanish to put in the needed time outside of class and really learn it well. After a year, all I was able to do was past the tests with a B.
Was I doomed to suck at learning languages?
That’s When I Started Japanese
I got pretty big into things like anime, manga, and JRPGs during my time in college, and I can remember finishing a really good manga one day and then going online to buy the next one. But guess what, the next one wasn’t out yet!
By some chance though, I happened to come across the Japanese version of the same manga, and to my great shock it was way further ahead than the English version I had been buying – Something like five or eight volumes! That’s when I noticed inside the manga I owned, that it had two published dates: One for Japanese and one for English.
There was a five year gap between them! It was at this time that I thought to myself, “I can just learn Japanese in five years” and then I’d never have to wait to enjoy the stuff I love again. So I did what anyone would do and I started buying some books, courses, and whatever else I thought could help me learn.
Unfortunately, I let Life get in the way (things like graduation) after about six months of studying and I stopped learning Japanese altogether. However, a fire had been lit inside me that just wouldn’t go out.
Not this time.
So in the fall of 2016 I decided to create this blog that you’re reading now. It was originally a way for me to stay accountable to the Japanese learning journey, and share what I had learned about Japanese, language learning courses, and anything else that I thought might be useful for others to use as well.
My Personal Mission
My journey started way back then due to my love of the media that comes out of Japan, but as I’ve continued to improve my Japanese, I’ve found many other reasons to fall in love with the language.
It addition to continually improving my own skills, I want to reach out and help others get better as well. There are a lot of problems that I’ve managed to overcome, and I feel like I can help others overcome them too. Plus, I’d like to get some new people into learning Japanese, since I know a lot of people who have told me they’d love to learn it, but just aren’t sure how to go about it (and therefore never get started).
So there you have it. That’s my “origin story” (if you will) and why I created this site. If you’ve got any questions for me, or anything you’d like to share, then let me know with a comment below!
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