I only resumed studying Japanese about a week ago, after a 3 year hiatus, but it’s already affecting my Russian.  The logical conclusion would be that because of my newfound enthusiasm for Japanese, I’m spending more time on Japanese and less on Russian.  Surprisingly, that’s not the case at all.  For every minute I spend on Japanese, I actually feel guilty if I don’t spend a minute on Russian.  Even though I know that I’m much more advanced in Russian, and therefore the topics I’m studying are more difficult than the basics I’m reviewing in Japanese, I can’t shake the twinge of guilt.  Sigh.  I knew I was competitive externally, but I never realized that I’m so internally competitive too.  Annoying.  But, then again, this might be the jump start I need to get off the Russian plateau I’ve hit.


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