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I did manage to transcribe some data today, which is nice, considering my rather tight schedule.

But even nicer is that today I went to our Japanese study group meeting for the first time in three weeks :) It's not that I don't enjoy studying Japanese, I enjoy studying any language (well, ancient Greek might be an exception...), but I want to go there well prepared and I don't often have time to prepare the text up front. If I go unprepared, I have to keep asking questions half the time: how to read this and that kanji or combination, or what this word means.

And I find it humiliating, since there are people in the group who were on the same bloody absolute beginner's course with me a few years back (in 2003, if memory serves). I think I'm the only one in the group, who's not single, which probably explains at least partially why they find more time and energy to study. And most of them, since I'm one of three girls, are guys, which occasionally makes me feel slightly awkward - in spite of the fact that many of my very best friends over the years have been and are male. Often it is that I'm the only gal who turns up, and often I just pull the one-of-the-guys-act :( I'd prefer not having to, but somehow it sets me at ease.

But in the end, the study group is a wonderful thing to have, since without it, I would probably have stopped studying Japanese altogether. I'm no good at self-studying if there's nothing to make me study - like peer pressure, for instance. And even at the irregular pace I have been participating, there's visible progress, which makes me quite proud of myself. :)

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