Unfortunately, there are many people who give up on mastering Japanese midway through; in all honesty, it is a difficult language and you can start losing faith after trying to remember the basic alphabets – syllabary – (hiragana & katakana) and that is just the beginning. However, there might be more reasons to suggest why you are not improving, or why you are stuck on the same chapter for more than a week. Take a deep breath and let´s see if we can find the main reasons why this is happening:
1. You can’t maintain your initial motivation. A student’s motivation can drop even though it was high when they first started studying. First, this type of person needs to understand that one’s motivation will definitely change over time. Not only that, but in most cases motivation goes down, rather than up, when one encounters difficulty. Develop a strong resolve that you will continue studying even if your motivation drops.
2. It takes more time to improve than you expected. Students lose their enthusiasm if they aren’t improving very much. Understand that growth takes time. 3. Your goals are (or might be) unreasonable. Students often quit if they have established goals that are too far away or if there is a large gap between ability and reality. Select realistic goals. 4. Your study plan is unreasonable or you don’t really have a study plan. Students may give up if they establish a plan that is difficult to execute or where progress does not go according to plan, or they may attempt studying without a plan at all. Settle on a realistic study plan. 5. You might be spending more time doing something else rather than studying… Students can end out watching television or reading rather than studying. Set aside a time for study and always study during that time. 6. You merely don’t have enough time. Time can be taken up by work or other commitments, leaving no time for learning Japanese. Don’t use the fact that you’re busy as an excuse. Everybody’s busy. 7. Your schedule no longer matches the proper time, or your teachers. Students may quit altogether when it is no longer possible to study with a teacher they like. For example, even if your schedule and no longer matches that of the instructor you’ve been using so far, you should be able to continue as long as you have your own goals and study plan, and will probably find another teacher. Do not depend too heavily on a given instructor. 8. You don’t have anyone who gives you encouragement. Students may undermine their studies because no one says anything about it even if they don’t study. It’s hard to keep studying Japanese on your own. Make friends with other people studying Japanese and start competing with each other and encouraging each other.