- You’d Be Speaking German Right Now If…
- Don’t Be The Kaiser or the Fuhrer
- The Art of War (Sort Of) Applied to Learning A Language: Logistics, Supply Lines and Force Concentration
- War! What Is It Good For?
- The Forever War and The AJATT Way
- What Being In A Forever War Means For You
- The Myth of Invincible (Asian) Languages
- How (and Why) to Make and Use Entropy Bombs
- Entropy: Fight the Power
- How and Why the Principle of Proportionality Works
- You’ve Got 99 Million Small Problems — Not a Big, Single One
- Remember That You Are, Were and Will Always Be Human: Infinite in Possibility and Finite in Action
- How Learning a Language is Like Conquering a Country (But Not in the Way You’re Thinking)
- Why America Doesn’t Win Wars Any More and What (Ironically) That Can Teach You About Learning Languages
- The Art of the War of Learning Languages: Sun Tzu on Immersion
- Fight Battles, Not Wars
- How to Worry Correctly
You have to fight right now. But you don’t have to win right now. Not right this second.
You don’t have to become the god emperor of Japanese right this moment. There’s no way of tidying your room so well that it never needs tidying again. You could brush your teeth for three hours straight today (…shouldn’t take a DDS degree to realize that this is a bad idea…) and they would still need brushing tomorrow.
There is no final boss, no conclusive battle, no last stand. There is no girl to get, no princess to rescue — you male chauvinist patriarchal cishet bastard, you (lol)! All there is, is another day, another hour, another minute, another second, another reset, another skirmish. And that’s beautiful. No drama, just fun and games — strategy.
All you need to do and all you can do are the same thing: make some progress. Gain some ground. Skirmish. Reset.
To quote Marianne Williamson: “The top of one mountain is always the bottom of another.”