Now that we’ve reached chapter two, how’s everyone feeling so far?
First-time readers, has the first chapter been harder than you thought it would be? (This is normal, and necessary!) Has it been frustrating? (It’s okay if it is!) Or has the discussion made things smoother?
Have you gone back and re-read chapter one to see if it feels more comfortable yet? It’s expected to still feel difficult at this point, even when you know what’s going on. Don’t be discouraged. By the time we reach the end of the whole volume, you’ll have been exposed to a lot of the same grammar repeatedly.
If you re-read each chapter once or twice along the way (time permitting), or even just a few random pages each week, and if you review what everything means in English, it will slowly become easier to recognize the grammar patterns. It takes time to get to understand them. It’s no different than failing to burn a kanji the first time around. The more reviews, the more recognition.
After completing the volume, if you re-read chapter one, you may even feel like you have a super power that lets you understand the chapter better than back in early August. But it’s all right if you don’t. Keep reading new (or old) material, keep encountering grammar you’ve learned before (even if you need to look it up and learn it again), and keep learning new grammar. Do this, and a year from now you’ll be able to re-read this series like it’s nothing.