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Japanese Should Be Fun, Not Work

Mon Nov 26 2012
Occasionally, I need to remind myself that learning Japanese isn't work - or at least it shouldn't be. If it is, then something has gone terribly wrong. Japanese should be more like that super-addicting MMO that people want to play 24x7x365 (or 366 this year). It should be like that book that you don't ever want to put down because it's that good. Learning Japanese should be as fun (if not more-so  than your favorite hobby. If it's not, it's going to be difficult to stick with.  You might wind up falling off the wagon. So what, then, can be done to remedy this situation of boredom? How can we take Japanese and make it into something fun? Here are a few suggestions:
It's basic stuff, really - but it can have a major impact on how you learn.