A Change in Plan

It’s been a while since I last wrote here. There’s a reason for this. I have changed Thai to Japanese. I have lived in Thailand for more than 2 years now, and I could well spend the rest of the time — and the rest of my life — to imporve my Thai skills. But studying Thai is no more rewarding, as it used to be. When I go to Strarbucks or supermerket, I can well express myself in Thai and I get understood. But most people still answer me using English. What’s the point?

I started learning Japanese a month ago by myself. I have never ever studied Japanese before. Not a single word. So why start now? 

  1. I am living in an area of Bangkok where most of the restaurants and many of the shops are Japanese. I see Japanese written everywhere everyday. I want to know what’s out there.
  2. Japanese as a language is SO MUCH EASIER AND MORE LOGICAL than Thai. You don’t need to guess what are the hidden sounds between letters and you don’t need to write out characters which are not spoken. Like thisก์ค์ข์. Yes, there are tricky parts in Japanese Hiragana too, but most Japanese has the logic Thai lacks. (So far I am talking only of Hiragana. I know. studying Kanji might change my mind.)
  3. Learning is fun! Learning a new language is even more fun. Japanese is fun.
  4. These days practicing speaking is more convinient than ever before. Because of wearing a face mask when walking in the streets, no one can see me talking to myself and consider me crazy.
  5. Memorizing Japanese word is much easier than memorizing Thai words. At least for a Finnish person like me.
  6. It is easier to find well written English—Japanese or Finnish—Japanese text books then books for studying Thai.
  7. Japanese teachers on YouTube are more skilled than Thai teachers. Again, yes, there are exceptions. One of my favourite teachers is Risa.
  8. Japan is more international than Thailand. Learning Japanese pays off.
  9. Even though there are 5 different tones in Thai, I consider Japan more “musical” language: Thai speakers seem to be always somewhat “off the pitch” but Japanese speakers are “on the tone” most of the time.
  10. I want to prove to myself that I can still learn new even at the age of 50+.

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