Just like other people, my expectations are out of joint.
I—we—count on increasing our vocabulary one word at a time. We think in terms of building blocks. We’re careful to avoid mistakes. We try to grasp grammar rules in isolation. We forcefully train ourselves through repetition and drills.
In such ways, we try to impose an artificial program. We attempt to wed ourselves to the calendar. We trust in a SMART way to measure our progress.
Well, that’s a fallacy and an illusion. Tomorrow I’ll tell you what I learned in Japan about how NOT learn another language.