I mentioned briefly in a previous post about wanting to travel to Tokyo to see Disneyland. More like I wrote numerous blog posts about our adventure. I also mentioned that I wanted to learn Japanese before we go. Maybe I only mentioned it on my Facebook, but hey those are most of my readership anyways.
So I first went on a search to find some classes nearby. No real success. Next I decided to search online for advice on learning Japanese. Many sites recommended numerous apps. This lead me to downloading one that seemed perfect for my beginner brain.
And because I downloaded it on my Apple ITunes account, it is now shared with my children on their devices. Now the competition to learn is on! We began with the basics of numbers and pronounciations. The other night at the dinner table we were yelling numbers at each other in English and Japanese.
For a free app it has brought us such joy. So I decided to pay for the full app. Not only did it unlock the Japanese lessons, but now we can learn the basics of other languages as well. Spanish, French, Italian, Portuguese, German, and Mandarin are all included for the low price of $27.99. That is essentially the cost of a text book.
This is going to be beneficial for our trip. My children and I are going to each learn a language. Firstly, we are having fun with Japanese and my kids are beating me at their knowledge retention on the numbers alone.
What I am going to do over the next few months is to take each lesson and try to learn it the way I remember being taught how to learn French in school. Start with numbers, months, greetings, etc… just to learn the basics. I’m hoping that this will give me a strong foundation to survive a few days in another country.
Plus, you’re never too old to learn something new. I’m going to keep working on making myself a better person as I continue to age.