Hi, so hum…
I’ve been on Wanikani for a bit more than a year (December 2018) and I’m currently on level 17, and I haven’t taken a new lesson for a month. I’ve got 150-200 reviews per day and I decided to not take a new lesson anymore until the number goes down, as I sometimes do, but it doesn’t seem to happen. I started wanikani with a bit of japanese knowledge (hiragana and katakana, as well as basic grammar). I take my reviews once or twice per day and it takes me like 1h-1h30 every day. I also use bunpro for grammar and do a little bit of busuu when I’m on a subway or something to get a bit of useful vocabulary. I also read Makoto magazine from thejapanesepage and sometimes (like once a wekk) a story from their japanase reader collection. All counted japanese takes me like 1h30-2h every day and I cannot spend more time on it.
I do like 60-70% on my review sessions, which is pretty bad, and I feel like I’m on a loop with always new stuff coming from two months ago that I do not remember and that falls back to my apprentice level. I’m taking a trip to japan in two months which I’m very excited about, but back when I planned it I figured by the time I would have a way better level in japanese that I have, which I do not have and it’s quite frustrating.
I don’t feel like I’m making progress and it’s been long enough that I expected to understand a lot more than I do now. I don’t get what I’m doing wrong. I’ve been taking it quite slow, I can see that even at a “not to fast” pace people which have been here for as long as me are like at level 30. Everybody seems to be better at this than me and I don’t get it. I don’t mean to brag, but I know for a fact that I have a better-than-average memory. I cruised through school and university with barely an effort, and even in the languages area, I learned English very easily (which admittedly is a lot closer to my birth language, French, than japanese, but still).
Point is, I generally do not have learning issues. I spend quite some time studying japanese every day. Why do I suck at this ? Do people generally spend even more time on it than me ?
Do I go about it the wrong way ? What I used to do at the beginning was taking all lessons when available, then I switched to 10 lessons a day when available with breaks for lesson when I felt like I started slipping, and now I just do my reviews to try and keep the numbers down. My queue currently looks like this
So, what can I do to be better at learning ? How can I improve my japanse routine ?