Japanese and Chill

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Re: Japanese and Chill

Postby Xenops » Sat Oct 17, 2020 9:35 pm

devilyoudont wrote:I've been hit with depression as well as trying to restructure my daily activities to incorporate more fitness. For now, I am focusing only on keeping on with Japanese, tho I expect I will continue to socially use Esperanto in the meantime.

In terms of Japanese I have been doing a bunch of different things but not sticking with anything.


Depression is tough. I’ve struggled with it for over a decade, and I know others have on here as well. Be gentle and kind to yourself. The good news is that you’re still going with your language learning.

And it might be my bias speaking, but I think you’re focusing on the best language. ;)
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Re: Japanese and Chill

Postby tangleweeds » Sun Oct 18, 2020 4:01 am

Xenops wrote:
devilyoudont wrote:I've been hit with depression as well as trying to restructure my daily activities to incorporate more fitness.
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In terms of Japanese I have been doing a bunch of different things but not sticking with anything.


Depression is tough. I’ve struggled with it for over a decade, and I know others have on here as well. Be gentle and kind to yourself. The good news is that you’re still going with your language learning.

Agreed. I think when depression hits and extended focus becomes difficult, sampling a bunch of things is not a waste of time. Things that catch your interest when depressed (even if you can't dive deep right then) will tend to hold your interest more compellingly once you resurface.

There's a lot of interesting work going on showing the many contexts in which self-compassion leads to better outcomes than being self-critical--Neff and Germer are the big names to look for. For example, being tough on yourself leads to more procrastination than being self-compassionate. It's so easy to empathize with others yet criticize oneself when faced with a similar situation.
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Re: Japanese and Chill

Postby devilyoudont » Mon Oct 19, 2020 8:17 pm

Thank you both. The self compassion thing is difficult for me, but something I am working on.
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Re: Japanese and Chill

Postby devilyoudont » Mon Oct 26, 2020 2:13 am

Mostly this week the only real study I did was keeping up on kanji reviews. I still had slightly higher leeches than average, due to previously not keeping up on my reviews well enough.

What I have been doing this week is wasting a ton of time on video games, youtube, and twitch. I lost a day of my life watching vtubers after the discussion about them in golyplot's log. I also spent some time in the twitch channels of minor artists. My main activity tho has been being addicted to a game called Genshin Impact (原神). It's not a Japanese game, but I've been playing it in Japanese. I feel like this is the first time I've ever been so addicted to a game I've been playing in Japanese. My comprehension is not as high as when I was playing pokemon, but the situation is not unmanageable. The thing I am struggling the most with is the behind the scenes stuff... set bonuses attached to gear, and character customization. I am doing pretty much fine getting thru the quests. For me, this will probably be a single player game, so it doesn't super matter if I can't figure out how to spend talent points or what gear is best.
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Re: Japanese and Chill

Postby golyplot » Mon Oct 26, 2020 6:19 pm

devilyoudont wrote:What I have been doing this week is wasting a ton of time on video games, youtube, and twitch. I lost a day of my life watching vtubers after the discussion about them in golyplot's log.


Sorry :P

Any recommendations?
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Re: Japanese and Chill

Postby devilyoudont » Tue Oct 27, 2020 2:22 am

golyplot wrote:
devilyoudont wrote:What I have been doing this week is wasting a ton of time on video games, youtube, and twitch. I lost a day of my life watching vtubers after the discussion about them in golyplot's log.


Sorry :P

Any recommendations?


I ended up watching a ton of Kizuna Ai. I have also been looking at random channels associated with Hololive and Nijisanji.
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