I went to Japan last October and had a fantastic time. Didn’t manage to learn any Japanese before I went and the things I did learn while I was there was “I don’t understand” and “I would like some sake!”
I am planning to go back in a couple year’s time so would still love to learn Japanese. So, I’ve enrolled onto a fast track beginners course beginning in April and hope that will kick-start some drive!
And then it’s all a lot easier than you think. I challenged myself not to shop at any supermarkets for a month. I thought it would be quite difficult, but then you realise that a lot of the things you buy in the supermarket you don’t really need anyway. Instead, I’ve been going to places like Broadway market, local farmers markets, Fresh & Wild etc… It’s been good fun as well. It’s made me think about everything I buy… So, the month of no supermarket shopping is up but it’s been so easy to give up that I’ll just continue for now :)
I booked a lesson with a person who teaches people to ride bikes. I did an internet search and found that lots of local councils now have this service available. So it was kinda reassuring that I wasn’t the only one in the borough that couldn’t ride a bike.
Anyway, so I went along to see the guy and he managed to teach me to ride a bike within an hour. I really couldn’t believe how easy it was. I think once I had given up thinking I couldn’t do this then it all clicked into place…. Now I just have to get myself a bike to practise on. I may be able to wobble about on the bike for now, but I’ve come along way from thinking I couldn’t even do that.