Japanese Writing Lab #2: Why did you start studying Japanese?

By | June 5, 2016

This is the 2nd assignment for a program I have started in order to help myself and others improve their writing in Japanese. For details about the program, see this post. Also see this post for a list of all assignments.

The topic of this writing assignment is to discuss why you started learning Japanese. The ideal length is a few  paragraphs, but for beginning students a few simple sentences is fine.

If you are having any difficulty thinking of what or how to write it, feel free to check out my submission below for ideas. Don’t worry if your writing is significantly shorter or simpler than mine, this isn’t a contest–it’s more about each of us improving our respective writing abilities. If you don’t know very much Kanji but still want to participate, it’s OK to use just Hiragana with some Katakana here and there if you know it.

Also, don’t be afraid to do Internet searches to check for how natural certain phrases or word combinations are. I do that pretty frequently when writing, and though it is very time consuming, it makes the end result a bit more natural (I hope!).

Once you finish this writing assignment please post it via one of the two following methods:

  1. For those who have a blog (WordPress or anywhere else is fine): post it on your blog, and post a comment on this article including a link to your post. I also suggest adding a link on your post back to this article, so people who find your post can follow it to read other people’s submissions.
  2. For those who don’t have a blog: simply post it as a comment to this article with the text you’ve written. [Note: creating a blog is pretty easy and free on many sites, so if you have a few minutes I’d just consider just trying to create a blog. Several people have already done this in order to participate in this program]

My submission

This is a topic very close to my heart and I really enjoyed writing this. I probably could have written a few pages worth, but I tried to keep it relatively short.  While writing this, I realized that I really do need to brush up on my writing skills more!






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7 thoughts on “Japanese Writing Lab #2: Why did you start studying Japanese?

    1. locksleyu Post author

      Nice job! I just corrected part of it as a comment there.


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