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Learning Japanese Progress Update #1

Back in November, I wrote a little blog post about my plans for learning Japanese. Here’s a little update.

So where am I in Rosetta Stone?

Since the last time I wrote, I moved on from Level 1, Unit 1…to Level 1, Unit 2. Yep, that’s it. I’m not very proud of this. I haven’t spent nearly as much time with the program as I should.

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Learning Japanese: Beginning, Failure, and Restarting

Back around April, I picked up Rosetta Stone Levels 1-3 for Japanese. If you pay close attention to the price on Amazon, you can sometimes find it for pretty cheap (the price fluctuates pretty heavily and as of right this moment, it’s $200, which is actually cheaper than what I paid.)

I was pretty excited to begin, and I blew through the first few lessons pretty quickly. The program is divided up into 3 levels, each with 4 units and each unit has four lessons. I felt pretty good about Unit 1, but when I got to Unit 2, the difficulty seemed to ramp up quite a bit and I got discouraged. So I quit. My three month trial of the online subscription ran up, and I’d just kind of stopped.

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But I still want to learn Japanese, and I paid for this software, so now, six months later, what do I do? Here’s my plan:

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