I often get down, not realizing how much progress I have made in the language; it feels like the only way I am progressing is in reading skills. But yesterday, as I was filmed for a commercial for an English conversation class, I realized that it was ten times easier than last year. I only messed up my lines once. There is hope to learn this language.
Soon a little bird called kakitori-kun will arrive to help me in my new goal to take the 2kyu Japanese test in December. But 1kyu is looking improbable right now.