Japanese Lesson: Information Overload

This morning I had my third lesson and until now I have read aloud 33 pages of textbook, and finished three pages of writing homework and three pages of grammar homework. The amount of work is not a lot and not very difficult, but the amount of information is too much.

Just today I learned 15 new words, but I still haven’t memorized the words I learned last week. I also have to remember the polite way of saying some words like “どちら” instead of “どこ”. I also have to remember the proper way of writing Hiragana, Katakana, and Kanji. And today I learned how to say the time in Japanese, and I have to remember that 1 o’clock is pronounced as “ichi-ji” but 9 o’clock is “ku-ji”, and one minute is “ip-pun” but two minutes is “ni-fun“. 😓 The most difficult part is that there doesn’t seem to be any rules. So the only way to say it right is to remember it. 😱

By the end of the lesson, there was too much to remember that I said “nini ji” instead of “nana ji” for 7 o’clock and I couldn’t remember that げ is “ge”. I thought it was “te” or “de”. After the lesson I told my teacher that there’s so much information it makes me confused sometimes so we decided to cut down the lesson from 90 minutes to 60 minutes. I’m so relieved.