やっとできた!I wasn't sure I could to it everyday, but I (almost) did

I made it to 60! I have some thoughts I’d like to share, but in the spirit of practice I’ll try writing this post in Japanese. There will absolutely be grammatical errors and the like, but hopefully the meaning will come through. I’ll also add an English version at the end.

2021年12月に鰐蟹で漢字を勉強し始めた。その時に平仮名やカタカナを読めたけど、日本語のライトノベルとか小説とか漫画などを読んでみたかった。そして、日本に住んでいる友達のおすすめに基づいて「オーバーロード」というライトノベルを買った。その本の中でもちろん漢字はいっぱいだった。全然読めなかったからちょっと悲しくなった。単純な理由ので漢字を読めるようになりたかった。でも、60のレベルの後で、ここに達した時に「オーバーロード」を読めるだけではなく、漢字や日本語の美しさを悟ってきた。本当に漢字の興味になって勉強し続けたい。鰐蟹がないなら、その興味を発見できなかったと思う。ありがとう!

あとは、たくさん漢字を勉強したら、ちょっと面白い効果があるよ。たぶん当たり前のことだけど、ちょっと中国語を読めるようになる。発音は全然違うけど時々基本的な意味を捉える。

I started studying kanji on WK in December of 2021. At the time I could only read hiragana and katakana but I wanted to read light novels, novels, manga, etc in Japanese. At the recommendation of a friend living in Japan, I bought a copy of the light novel Overlord. Of course it was full of kanji and I couldn’t read it, so I got a bit sad. It was that simple reason that led me to studying kanji. After 60 levels though, not only can I read Overlord but I also discovered a real beauty of kanji and the Japanese language. I found out that I’m really interested in kanji and want to keep studying! I don’t know that I would have found that interest without WK, so thanks. (Also thanks to all the people in the great and encouraging community).

Also when you study a lot of kanji, there is an interesting/funny effect. It is probably obvious but you end up being able to read a little Chinese too. The pronunciations are completely different of course, but sometimes you can grasp the basic meanings.

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Congratulations! It must be an amazing feeling to be able to read manga in Japanese. Keep up the good work!

What are your plans after level 60? Do you want to burn all the kanjis? What did you use for vocab, did you use Anki?

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congrats! One question about your immersion, how much reading do you do compared to just listening? I am currently trying to decide how much time I should put into each.

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Thanks! My plans are kind of just to keep going. I do plan to keep on burning kanji as they come up. I also plan to work my way through the burned items review section and reset any kanji that I really just can’t guess. There are definitely some that I have forgotten by now.

I never really got into using Anki, but I do have it installed. I mostly used WK for vocab and tried to read books. When I encountered an unknown word, I would write it down, and then look it up in a J to J dictionary. If I can’t understand the definition, then I move to a J to E dictionary. Currently reading Harry Potter and it does happen sometimes lol.

Thank you! I definitely spend more time reading than listening, as reading comes much easier to me. I still struggle with listening honestly. I recently started trying to spend at least 1 hour a day listening (podcasts, yt videos, some music). I spend maybe 2 hours a day reading (not all at once, usually spread out over the day).

Congratulations, @ZephPrince! What an accomplishment!

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