Over the last month I grew overconfident of japanese.
I'm already understanding a lot from anime/manga and that somehow made me think my japanese was already actually good.
The news put me in my place again. I'm just a beginner. I have tons to learn. And I cannot let my pace down in this critical time.
That was the first reason. The second reason is:
It is easier to come from nothing to being bad at something. Somehow languages look like creating a Diablo character (diablo the computer game). Going from lvl 1 to 10 is quick. Going from lvl 80 to 81 is a long way.
In anime, I'm already in 80%. It is hard to fight for every new 1% of understanding. And it is not that much motivating.
In the news, I'm lvl 1.
Starting from the beginning is painful, but everything is new. So everything I see will be contributing for my japanese.
Even if I only understand 10%, I like to think that these 10% are much more useful than the 80% from the anime.
The 80% from anime is pure confort. And confort is a dangerous thing.
I don't know if I made myself clear, but that's what I want to believe.
Btw, Phauna, thanks for the link for the kids news, it will be very useful.