When I moved with my family to the US at the age of 10 I did not speak English. It would be inaccurate to say that I didn't know English because I studied it for almost two years in school in Russia and knew some words and expressions. However this was the first time I had to speak English with native speakers. Having to live in South Carolina added an another challenge, though I was not aware of it at the time.
For a long time I considered that fluency in a language is reached when words in songs could be freely understood. Why am I rambling about this? Because right now I am learning Japanese. Well, I have only just begun, and I am wondering how long it will take me to become fluent. I became interested in the language after getting somewhat addicted to anime. I love listening to Japanese speech; it sounds so lovely and resonant.
"Learning a foreign language as an adult is difficult." People say this to me all the time. However I have enough arrogance, or self-confidence in my brain power, not to get discouraged. Even when I am faced with the overwhelming reality of the amount of information that needs to be assimilated in order to achieve any kind of respectable fluency of speech and proficiency in reading/writing. I look forward to the day when I can sing along to the anime opening and closing theme songs!
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