ロウェナの学習ログ・(Rowena's Study Log)

Mine’s not from the store - they must have reverted to the even older version I’m on. I can certainly understand your confusion about the differences from your screenshots. Your 2016 version actually looks more intuitive (having +notebook, +page, etc. at the very bottom is silly…)

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I finally completed all of my kanji lessons for level 21 yesterday and should move up to level 22明晩 (大失敗 nonwithstanding!)

I’m really looking forward to starting back with the bookclub tomorrow! :smiley: :books:

I have translated the rest of my study plan to Japanese - if any of you more advanced folk see any glaring errors, please let me know.

Next week:


I didn’t stuff up any critical kanji, so yay I have finally moved on from level 21 - let’s try to not have another super-long level like that again…

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My anxiety totally spiked on Wednesday (ironically due to the 20 min discussion with my GP to renew my Mental Health Treatment Plan in which we discussed my anxiety, its triggers and exactly how it is manifesting itself and how those manifestations are affecting my daily life; all of which lead to me being too faint and nauseated to actually attend my therapy session on Thursday) - with my brain drowning in excess cortisol, WK got put on vacation mode (yet again) on Thursday morning and all other studies got set aside.

Next week will essentially be finishing off this week’s book work and keeping up with わんわん探偵団, and getting back to WK as soon as my long-term memory becomes reasonably functional again.


Feeling a fair bit better several hours later, so have gotten off my duff and actually done up a proper schedule for next week, including a few extra exercises in the kanji workbook.


You’re not alone! We could start a new race group on Wanikani:
:snail::beach_umbrella:Team snails on vacation :snail::beach_umbrella:



I don’t know if it was the recent update or the power outage, but the computer has not been functioning as normal the last few days - I think I have it sorted now. I’m a bit behind on わんわん探偵団 now as a result, but I hope to catch up and finish off this week’s reading this evening.

Next week’s plan:


I just got another one of these - goodness, but they cheer me up!


And another one - I seem to be on a bit of a roll! :smiley: :confetti_ball:


Things are going reasonably smoothly except for sleeping in three mornings in a row last week due to ongoing insomnia resulting in my missing 3 lesson sessions, which in turn leads to my not finishing my kanji lessons for this level until next week.

I’m excited to be starting the second-to-last section of my Basic Kanji I book (where I left off half-way through about 20 years ago, as I can see from where my scribblings ran out).

Next week’s plan:


Hi Rowena! I got the Basic Kanji Workbook and have been truly enjoying it thanks to your recommendation! I purchased the second book in the series, but mine came without an answer key. Do you have the second book as well?


Sorry for the slow reply.

I’m so glad to hear you are also finding the workbook useful and enjoyable.

I do also have the second workbook and it did come with an answer key, tucked just inside the front cover. If you bought it new, I would contact the seller and inform them that yours is missing. If you ordered it from Japan, I expect there will not be any problem with them sending you one (and I would hope the same would hold for outside Japan as well).

I bought a used copy through Amazon, and it was only $10…now I know why! I rebought it today and hopefully selected a copy that is potentially whole! Lol. We shall see! It looks like Japan is not mailing anything to the US right now (according to the website that the link you provided to purchase the book takes you to) and this feels like one of those books that is hard to find elsewhere! The “new” copies on amazon are almost $200…wild!!!



I can only hope there is some karmic comeuppance for such price gougers.

Here’s hoping new Workbook 2 arrives before you need it - how quickly are you working through WB1?


Fairly quickly! I’ve been trying to do a lesson a day and review lessons on the weekends. I just started Japanese at the start of the quarantine! And same for WaniKani! It’s really keeping my brain from spiraling, lol.


Better late than never…

Several things have seriously interrupted my studies over the last seven days, including but not limited to:

Housing a stray/lost kitten in the study

(i.e. separated from my cats and dogs) for the weekend until the rangers could pick her up on Monday, making it very hard to sit comfortably in front of the computer and impossible to get to the scanner.

Gale-force winds knocking over much of one of our side fences

leading me to spend hours on the phone and internet making claims, hiring temporary fencing, contacting fencing contractors, etc. I will now have hours of additional work in the garden to do, as this type of fencing is no longer available, so the whole fence line will have to be replaced, including new footings.

Anyway, the rest of this week is devoted to finishing off last week’s work and getting caught back up with わんわん探偵団 - I’ll not be doing any WK lessons this week to give me more time for the book club.


Sounds like you’ve had quite a week!


:fire:I burned 37 items today :fire: - I’m a bit stunned that it would be so many items in one day considering I’ve only been learning 11 items a day since last August??


Well, after spending time today prepping next week’s schedule and forward planning for the rest of this quarter (since I’ve had some gaps), I have realised that I really need to be taking advantage of the clear, cool, calm weather predicted through to Thursday to get about 8 hrs/day of work done in the garden so that our fences can be replaced.

To that end, I will continue without lessons, and will only study once a day, in the evening, to do all available reviews and bookclub studies.


注意(CAUTION): Awkward Back-flip Ahead :woman_cartwheeling:

So, it turns out that, after putting in an 8 hour day in the garden yesterday with the chainsaw and line trimmer/strimmer/weed-whacker as well as much lifting, bending, hauling, pulling, and kneeling, my body ain’t used to that much gardening! I am absolutely knackered, but did get the yard sufficiently prepped for this morning’s temp-fencing delivery and installation.

All this to say that, since I’ll be reducing my gardening to 4-5 hours (at least until my body becomes accustomed to it), I will be able to fit that between my late morning and evening study sessions, so studies are to resume as planned. Here’s the schedule I made earlier: