新 Monthly Progress Challenge

#113

Progress Post:

  • 1

WaniKani:

  • Current WK Level: 17
  • In One Month I Hope to Be Level: 20

Goals:

  • Last Month’s Goal Report: N/A
  • This Month’s Goal: (Re)start on Genki, do 2 chapters.

Resources:

  • Current Japanese Resources: WK, KW, iKnow, iTalki, Genki
    ** Fave: WK, iTalki
    ** Least Fave: Genki
  • Try New Resource: None; I’m doing enough.

Japanese Ability:

  • Current Japanese Weakness: Grammar.
  • How Will I Improve It: Genki, sadly.

Helping Others:

  • Tips or Advice for Learning Japanese: N/A
#114

PROGRESS POST 3 (2/4/2018):

LAST PROGRESS POST: 1/4/2018

WANIKANI
CURRENT WANIKANI LEVEL: 17

IN ONE MONTH I HOPE TO BE LEVEL: 21

GOALS
LAST MONTH’S GOAL REPORT:

  • Made my level goal!
  • Am currently working through the vocab from my textbooks using Anki, to some avail
  • Am currently bulldozing through Kaniwani levels in chunks so as not to overwhelm myself
  • Only used Kanji Study in conjuction with Kaniwani, but I did make an effort to write down nearly every Kaniwani review I got, so I got a lot of writing practice there
  • Now check Bunpro reviews daily and add at least five new grammar points a week
  • Didn’t find any dramas to watch, but I have been watching more Japanese YouTube/general Japanese TV on YouTube, and I’m pretty consistently listening to a Japanese podcast (ひいきびいき, definitely recommend)
  • Also found a couple manga that I’ve started reading off and on (ちっちゃい時から好きだけど and 甘党ペンギン; neither’s bad, though I definitely prefer the latter)

THIS MONTH’S GOALS:

  • Continue all the good habits I’ve started this past month
  • Bring three new levels into my Kaniwani reviews
  • Add at least 20 new items in Bunpro
  • Specifically practice less-common kanji using Kanji Study in conjuction with my Kaniwani writing practice
  • Read more often and from wider sources
  • Check Anki more often

RESOURCES
CURRENT JAPANESE RESOURCES: Wanikani, Kaniwani, Bunpro, Satori Reader, Japanese YouTube, Sokuyomi (Japanese e-manga site), Anki (app), Kanji Study (app), Japanese for Busy People I & II (books)

FAVE: Wanikani
LEAST FAVE: JFBP and Anki (I’m still not entirely comfortable with Anki’s interface, but if I use the app and use exclusively my own, homemade decks, it’s pretty okay)
TRY NEW RESOURCE: Satori Reader and Sokuyomi (more often)

JAPANESE ABILITY
CURRENT JAPANESE WEAKNESS: Conversation

HOW I WILL IMPROVE ABOVE: Japanese conversation groups through my university (and maybe speaking up in class more often)

HELPING OTHERS
TIP/ADVICE FOR LEARNING JAPANESE: Don’t let yourself get swamped. It’s okay to do vacation mode or take a break from learning new things for a while. It’s better to only do as much as you’re able, even if that’s only very little, than to find yourself overwhelmed. It’s much easier to coast than to climb your way back to the top.

#115

Progress Post
#1 - February 4th, 2018

WaniKani

  • Current WK Level: 7
  • In One Month I Hope to Be Level: 11

Goals:

Last Month’s Goal Report: N/A
This Month’s Goal: Work on a chapter of Genki I per week, write hiragana without a guide

Resources:

Current Japanese Resources: WaniKani, Genki I, Human Japanese, LingoDeer, JapanesePod101
Fave: WaniKani
Least Fave: Human Japanese
Try New Resource: None

Japanese Ability:

Current Japanese Weakness: Grammar and Writing
How Will I Improve It: Genki and Writing Practice

Helping Others:

Tips or Advice for Learning Japanese: Try doing something every day, even for just 5 minutes to successfully incorporate your Japanese studies in your everyday routine.

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#116

#PROGRESS POST #: 1

#WANIKANI
CURRENT WANIKANI LEVEL: 6

IN ONE MONTH I HOPE TO BE LEVEL… 10

#GOALS
LAST MONTH’S GOAL REPORT: start studying WK again

THIS MONTH’S GOAL: finish a level every week even if it means waking up in the middle of the night one day a week.

#RESOURCES
CURRENT JAPANESE RESOURCES: WK, Youkoso, Minna no nihongo

FAVE: wk
LEAST FAVE: none
TRY NEW RESOURCE:

#JAPANESE ABILITY
CURRENT JAPANESE WEAKNESS: Kanji and my grammar is rusty.

HOW I WILL IMPROVE ABOVE: study grammar that I used to know and study wk
#HELPING OTHERS
TIP/ADVICE FOR LEARNING JAPANESE be consistent. Don’t go years without studying or you lose a lot of what you already knew.

#117

PROGRESS POST #8: February 2018

Long time no see. Yes I am still learning Japanese.

:crabigator: WANIKANI

CURRENT WANIKANI LEVEL: 35

IN ONE MONTH I HOPE TO BE LEVEL… 35

:crabigator: GOALS

LAST MONTH’S GOAL REPORT:

Does not exist, because I haven’t posted here in a while. I regret that, but I am back and ready for …

THIS MONTH’S GOAL(s):

My priorities will be, in order: Reading, Grammar, Listening

Prioritised goals:

  • Every day, practice listening and reading, each with difficult and easy material.
  • Finish Genki II before the end of next week
  • Then head over to Imabi and learn grammar there

Non-prioritised goals:

  • 3-5 new words a day from my Anki deck
  • Continue to practice speaking once or twice a week
  • Keep leeches on WK low

:crabigator: RESOURCES

CURRENT JAPANESE RESOURCES: Anki ;Genki; Netflix shows; online articles; Tandem partners; WaniKani

  • FAVE: …
  • LEAST FAVE: Anki

TRY NEW RESOURCE: Imabi

:crabigator: JAPANESE ABILITY

CURRENT JAPANESE WEAKNESS: Listening
HOW I WILL IMPROVE ABOVE: strangely by practicing reading (but listening too)

:crabigator: HELPING OTHERS

TIP/ADVICE FOR LEARNING JAPANESE: Speaking is the most important aspect of fluency (at least for most learners). Practice speaking as early and as much as possible. Don’t be me.

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#118

#PROGRESS POST #: 3

#WANIKANI

CURRENT WANIKANI LEVEL: 12

IN ONE MONTH I HOPE TO BE LEVEL… 15

#GOALS

LAST MONTH’S GOAL REPORT:

  • done with Genki I . Finally Takeshi and Mary are long gone … hate those guys…:stuck_out_tongue_closed_eyes:

  • I was able to keep with WK very well.

  • Bunpro, not so much, but I feel I should.

  • KW I just didn’t continue; I checked the “review only burnt items” , and all went better :sweat_smile: . I didn’t enjoy it and I think right now wasn’t really cementing much, since it was a pain to go with all different ways to say the same word, to only after a couple of times of actually seeing it used in a sentence, be able to know how and when it’s used.

  • Shadowing: I finish the first chapter of the book Shadowing: Lets speak japanese! and I found it great. Besides the actual speed of the dialogue it’s much faster than the typical textbook audio. Still very basic, considering it’s the volume I and the first chapter, but the actual dialogues are a mix of formal and informal; and they feel quite real and well thought to increase dificulty gradually, without burning. Shadowing can end up beeing very tiresome as well.

  • My Anki routine it’s now my favourite activity. Subs2SRS decks treated with the Morphman plugin to give me “+1” sentences and now “+0” sentences (all known words, so I review known vocab in context) it’s proven to be very satisfying. I feel really motivated to find an unknown vocab word, make a card and then see and review whatever sentence in my shows contains that word and HOW it’s used.

  • Besides, after some terrific blogger’s advice I’m enjoying Anki as an application much more

THIS MONTH’S GOAL:

  • Keep up with Bunpro, since most of my reviews are sentences, there’re lots of particles that I don’t see often if I’m not reviewing them somewhere, so should keep up with the grammar I have listed now.

  • Pull another unit from the Shadowing book, while slowly making a deck with audio of the last unit. So I keep practicing the reviewed material 'till those phrases come out of my mouth effortlessly.

  • I will continue my Subs2SRS routine, I’ve come with a new show I like (Usagi Drop), and has everyday vocab, so I like it even better. So far I’ve made decks from the first episodes, and the sentences are already comming out in my reviews.

  • I bought the book Common Japanese Collocations. And while I was very into making a deck with all those collocations, I found someone already did this and shared the spreadsheet to import into Anki, so I will see if I can make Morphman look for the actual collocations that are in my level and I’ll start practicing with those (if I’m able to find sentences in my Subs2SRS decks containing those would be great!!)

#RESOURCES

CURRENT JAPANESE RESOURCES:

  • Anki Vocab deck based on Core10k, Subs2SRS sentences deck (mostly from the shows Dad of Ligth and now Usagi Drop) with the Morphman add-on doing it’s magic.

  • Shadowing: Let speak Japanese! Vol.I

  • Graded Readers: Level 1 (I still love these stories) and are right there in my confort zone.

  • Bunpro, I haven’t been to consistent with my reviews, but will put them into my routine again.

  • WK, now it feels… How should I put it?.. easy. After all the reviewing and context sentences, my vocab in WK and the kanji reviews are comming out like a breeze. No pain in doing my daily WK routine whatsoever.

  • Common Japanese Collocations. A nice book that apparently can really make the connection between vocab and real dialogues by way of teaching the common collocations. Will see how to put it to my service during this month.

FAVE: Anki with Subs2SRS + MorphMan hands down, my favorite method of learning these days.

TRY NEW RESOURCE: Japanese Common Collocations will be my monthly addition, will report about it next month

#JAPANESE ABILITY

CURRENT JAPANESE WEAKNESS: Still , speaking. But basic (ultra basic) sentences are emerging from my mouth as I repeat them over and over in my Shadowing practice… Found a japanese bookstore in town… will go there to practice a few lines these days.:sweat_smile:

HOW I WILL IMPROVE ABOVE:
Continue with what I’m doing for now, since I see progress and keeps me motivated.

#HELPING OTHERS

TIP/ADVICE FOR LEARNING JAPANESE: Make your japanese studies adjusted to your motivation. That can be as basic a make your own decks, dissect the show you watch, basically use the material you consume to learn, since it will make you want to come back for some more the next day!

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#119

#PROGRESS POST #: 3

#WANIKANI
CURRENT WANIKANI LEVEL: 16

IN ONE MONTH I HOPE TO BE LEVEL… 19

#GOALS
LAST MONTH’S GOAL REPORT: Review all finished Genki chapters and be good. Yay! I did it. Also I got through chapter 6 this month.

THIS MONTH’S GOAL: Finish Chapter 7 and catch up to at least Chapter 6 in the workbook.

#RESOURCES
CURRENT JAPANESE RESOURCES: WaniKani, KaniWani, Memrise, Genki I, BunPro

FAVE: WaniKani
LEAST FAVE: Huh. None.
TRY NEW RESOURCE: I might try reading Yotsuba.

#JAPANESE ABILITY
CURRENT JAPANESE WEAKNESS: ummmm I’m pretty sure I can make coherent sentences now so I guess speaking since I never speak.

HOW I WILL IMPROVE ABOVE: thatsagoodquestion
#HELPING OTHERS
TIP/ADVICE FOR LEARNING JAPANESE:
I don’t know.

#120

PROGRESS POST #04

WANIKANI

CURRENT WANIKANI LEVEL: 9 (did not reach goal)

IN ONE MONTH I HOPE TO BE LEVEL: 10

GOALS

LAST MONTH’S GOAL:

  • Learn 10 more grammar points on Bunpro (bringing the total up to 43 grammar points in N5).
    • Grad school has left me with little time to learn new Japanese grammar points - I’ve learned 4 in the past month and I imagine it will be less than that this coming month.
  • Reduce the backlog of SBS Japanese podcasts to less than 15 by listening to one per day.
    • COMPLETE
  • Know how to write all the kanji up to level 4.
    • I got up to level 3 but due to me prioritising uni work progress is slow.

THIS MONTH’S GOAL:

  • Learn 3 more grammar points on Bunpro (bringing the total up to 40 grammar points in N5).
    • To be honest this goal might be a little optimistic. Slow progress is better than no progress.
  • Catch up with the SBS Japanese podcasts by listening to one per day.
    • There are 14 podcast episodes still to listen to, and they will probably add 15 in the next month, so if I listen to one per day I should just reach this target.
  • Know how to write all the kanji up to level 4 (not inclusive).
    • I’m using KaniWani to revise vocabulary and also to practice kanji. I unlock one level at a time and once I’m comfortable with that level I manually unlock the next level. Basically I want to be comfortable with writing all the level 3 kanji this month.

RESOURCES

CURRENT JAPANESE RESOURCES:

  • WaniKani
  • Bunpro
  • AnkiDroid (manually added Genki vocabulary)
  • SBS Japanese podcast
  • KaniWani

RESOURCES ON THE SIDELINES:

  • Genki I (see PP#02)

DISCARDED RESOURCES:

  • Japanese Pod 101 (see PP#02)

POTENTIAL RESOURCES TO TRY NEXT:

  • Japanese Language Meetups
  • Satori Reader

JAPANESE ABILITY

CURRENT JAPANESE WEAKNESS:

  • Speaking, listening, and synthesising.

HOW I WILL IMPROVE ABOVE:

  • No time to improve the above at the moment.

HELPING OTHERS

TIP/ADVICE FOR LEARNING JAPANESE:

  • Be consistent.
#121

Progress Post 1

WaniKani

Current Level

15

In one month, I hope to be level

Realistically: 18
As-fast-as-possible: 19

Goals

Last month’s goal report

N/A

This month’s goal

I think I should finish reading English Grammar for Students of Japanese and advance as fast as possible through WaniKani levels by continuing to use the reorder script to postpone studying vocabulary items.

I keep getting sidetracked because I have too many different books that are all partially read – which is not necessarily a bad thing. But I do want to finish this particular book, since it seems like it would solidify the fundamental grammatical concepts for me.

Resources

Current Japanese Resources

General Textbooks

Grammar

Listening

Speaking

Reading

Writing

Vocabulary

Maintaining Motivation

Short-term motivation

I need to be able to speak more Japanese with my Japanese friends that I chat with weekly.

Medium-term motivation

  1. I need to prepare for my third trip to Japan in March 2018.
  2. I need to be prepared for the JLPT N3 by December 2018. I know it will be difficult for me, as I am probably barely able to pass the N4 right now. But I think it’s better to aim higher and fail than to aim low and underprepare.

Long-term motivation

To maintain long-term motivation that will sustain me to the N1 level, I feel it’s important to already be able to consume the same literature that I would like to consume when I am at that level, but in English.

Monkey Business Magazine Issues

http://monkeybusinessmag.tumblr.com/

Granta
Words Without Borders
PEN America
Strangers Press KESHIKI Series

https://www.strangers.press/

(In conjunction with the British Centre for Literary Translation, University of East Anglia and Writers’ Centre Norwich)

Waseda Bungaku

Faves

Least Fave

N/A. I already got rid of the ones I don’t like.

Try New Resource

N/A. I already have too many and have tried too many (i.e. there are about 100 other textbooks not listed here, that I have already tried, but have either postponed or dismissed).

Japanese Ability

Current Japanese Weakness

I don’t practice speaking the grammar I learn about enough.

How I will improve the above

I think I need to try this process more (in order to consolidate my speaking level with the grammar I learn):

  1. Attempt to write a sentence using a new (or previously learned, but not sufficiently practiced) grammar point.
  2. Get that sentence corrected by one of my native Japanese friends.
  3. Use OJAD Prosody Tutor Suzuki-kun to get an approximation of the correct pitch accent pattern to pronounce.
  4. Record my attempt at pronouncing it using this Audio Recorder App.
  5. Send the audio file to as many of my native Japanese friends as possible, to get their honest feedback (as opposed to just the feedback of strangers on HelloTalk who don’t really care about me).

Helping Others

Tip/Advice for Learning Japanese

General Advice

Keep it fun. Find ways to constantly experience how wonderful Japan and Japanese people can be, so that you don’t forget what all of this work is for.

Specific Advice

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#122
PROGRESS POST 3

WaniKani

CURRENT WANIKANI LEVEL: 11

IN 30 DAYS I HOPE TO BE LEVEL…15, with 16 as stretch goal

GOALS

LAST MONTH’S GOAL REPORT:

  • WK level goal: :heavy_check_mark::metal:
  • Restart Genki and do parts of chapter 3: :heavy_check_mark::sparkles:
  • Explore Human Japanese more: ~ Not exactly a SMART goal. Did explore some, just not as much as I could’ve
  • Keep pace with Yotsuba club: :x:

THIS MONTH’S GOAL:

  • Genki 1, one chapter a week – Should be at chapter 7 next time
  • Finally catch up to KaniWani (making progress after sealing 3 levels) = ~100 apprentice items, max
  • Catch up to Yotsuba club (At chapter 10, they’re at…12? 13?)

RESOURCES

CURRENT JAPANESE RESOURCES:

  • Tried Satori Reader. Still a bit advanced for me.
  • Youtube channel Japanese Ammo with Misa has been pretty great
  • WaniKani, of course
  • KaniWani (Japanese words/phrases you can learn and use immediately)
  • Genki (for actually doing some grammar)

FAVE: Genki made me laugh yesterday
LEAST FAVE: Kaniwani, since it’s a 7 headed dragon that regenerates (unchanged)

TRY NEW RESOURCE: Maybe if I catch up to the Yotsuba club, might look into more children’s manga.

JAPANESE ABILITY

CURRENT JAPANESE WEAKNESS:
I feel like Kanji’s becoming a strength. So everything else is a weakness.

HOW I WILL IMPROVE ABOVE:

Time spent on KaniWani, learning vocab. And time spent with Genki, learning grammar.

HELPING OTHERS

TIP/ADVICE FOR LEARNING JAPANESE:
Tryst Trust the process

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#123

Well look at that. I was exactly on target.

#PROGRESS POST #: 3

#WANIKANI

CURRENT WANIKANI LEVEL: 27, just as predicted.

IN ONE MONTH I HOPE TO BE LEVEL… 30. If I thought it was bad last month, the 死 is really paining me now. At least for Level 27, I’m slowing on the leveling and not doing new lessons except when I want to.

#GOALS

THIS MONTH’S GOAL: Get back to normal in leveling (but also learn my kanji a little better).

#RESOURCES

CURRENT JAPANESE RESOURCES: Mostly WK at the moment. Life has gotten crazy. I tried a little HouHou but haven’t gotten into it yet.

FAVE: Self-explanatory.

TRY NEW RESOURCE: I want to give HouHou more of a chance.

#JAPANESE ABILITY

CURRENT JAPANESE WEAKNESS: Everything? I feel that I’m trying to reach above my level constantly, even though I can understand a lot in context.

HOW I WILL IMPROVE ABOVE: Set aside dedicated Japanese time, rather than relying on having time spent at home in the evening.

#HELPING OTHERS

TIP/ADVICE FOR LEARNING JAPANESE: Keep trying?

#124

PROGRESS POST: 3

WANIKANI CURRENT WANIKANI LEVEL: 15

IN ONE MONTH I HOPE TO BE LEVEL… 18

GOALS
LAST MONTH’S GOAL REPORT:

  1. Exceeded my goal level!!
  2. I’ve kept up reading NHK Easy articles, but not consistently.
  3. Started using Genki and BunPro
  4. I haven’t been practicing my writing

THIS MONTH’S GOAL:

  1. Get to Ch 7 in Genki
  2. Keep up with NHK Easy and BunPro
  3. Watch Japanese media (dramas, music, anime…)
  4. Try (again) to catch up to KaniWani
  5. Really develop a concrete curriculum for my studies

RESOURCES
CURRENTLY USING: WaniKani, NHK Easy, BunPro, Genki

FAVE: NHK Easy
LEAST FAVE: Genki
WILL TRY: Animelon

JAPANESE ABILITY
CURRENT JAPANESE WEAKNESS: Writing

HOW I WILL IMPROVE ABOVE: I’m going to develop a writing regiment for myself

HELPING OTHERS
TIP/ADVICE FOR LEARNING JAPANESE: Celebrate your small achievements! Look how far you’ve come! :confetti_ball:

#125

:sunglasses:

#126

#PROGRESS POST #: 4

#WANIKANI
CURRENT WANIKANI LEVEL: 18

IN ONE MONTH I HOPE TO BE LEVEL… 21

#GOALS
LAST MONTH’S GOAL REPORT: Finish Chapter 7 in Genki and catch up to at least Chapter 6 in the workbook. I didn’t do it. I mean I read through Chapter 7 but it’s still a bit shaky and I think my workbook’s still at Chapter 5 T_T

THIS MONTH’S GOAL: Read up to Chapter 9.

#RESOURCES
CURRENT JAPANESE RESOURCES: WaniKani, KaniWani, Memrise, Genki I, BunPro

FAVE: BunPro?
LEAST FAVE:KaniWani probably
TRY NEW RESOURCE: oh right I tried reading Yotsuba! and then I gave up after 5 minutes… so uh no thanks maybe next time

#JAPANESE ABILITY
CURRENT JAPANESE WEAKNESS: Since I can probably make coherent sentences now and tell people what I did during the day, probably listening or speaking because I barely tried them before.

HOW I WILL IMPROVE ABOVE: good question.
#HELPING OTHERS
TIP/ADVICE FOR LEARNING JAPANESE:

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#127

#PROGRESS POST #5

#WANIKANI
CURRENT WANIKANI LEVEL: 22
IN ONE MONTH I HOPE TO BE LEVEL: 27
*note: I will be hitting my first wave of burns here within the next month. Hopefully that won’t do anything to slow me down.

#GOALS
LAST MONTH’S GOAL REPORT:

  1. KaniWani: Complete failure on this part. I started doing well at my 500 review per week goal only in my last two weeks. So I’m keeping it around 1500 pretty stably.
  2. Bunpro: I took a different approach to Bunpro than planned. I completely reset all of my progress, and I’m now taking it one chunk at a time. It seems I bit off more than I could chew the first time.
  3. Intermediate Textbook: Nearly screwed myself over due to laziness. The month was almost over, and I’d hardly done anything. Still got through Chapter 5, though.
  4. Udemy N4: I just managed to finish before the month’s end.
  5. Memrise: Done and done. With the Genki II and N5 vocab courses, at least. I made good progress on this front, at least.

THIS MONTH’S GOAL:

  1. KaniWani: At the very least get back on track ~500 reviews per week.
  2. Bunpro: Continue adding 10-20 items for every 3 days until I feel like I’m hitting unfamiliar grammar. Then slow down to ~5-10 per 3 days and start taking notes.
  3. Intermediate Textbook: I’d still like to try finishing off this textbook by the end of March, if I can. I know that it’s not that this textbook is too difficult or that there’s too much content; I just got lazy in this past month. So I’ll make up the work this month to keep on pace.
  4. Udemy N3: I’m not going to jump straight to getting through this just yet. I’ll take a short break and work on catching up on my textbook and solidifying the N4 grammar points before. I’ll aim to start this within the first half of the month.
  5. Memrise: I’m already through about half of the N4 vocab course, which I plan to finish by the end of March, and I’ve started both the N3 and Tobira vocab courses. My goal is simply to keep on track with those.

#RESOURCES
CURRENT JAPANESE RESOURCES:

  • Primary: WaniKani, KaniWani, Bunpro, Integrated Approach to Intermediate Japanese + workbook, (Udemy N3 Course), Memrise
  • Secondary/Supplemental: Tae Kim’s Guide to Japanese, Introduction to Modern Japanese + workbook

FAVE: All of them are pretty good so far. I don’t disproportionately dislike any of them except for KaniWani.
TRY NEW RESOURCE: I still have plenty of resources to keep me occupied for now, thank you very much.

#JAPANESE ABILITY
CURRENT JAPANESE WEAKNESS: Speaking, as always.
HOW I WILL IMPROVE ABOVE: I think I’m going to bite the bullet and start trying to go to a local conversation club. I don’t like people and I don’t like talking, but at least some regular exposure will be good for me.

#128

#PROGRESS POST #: 1

#WANIKANI

CURRENT WANIKANI LEVEL: 1 (So close to next one!)

IN ONE MONTH I HOPE TO BE LEVEL… : Hmm I really don’t know! I will go for 3 but close to 4!

#GOALS

LAST MONTH’S GOAL REPORT: :slight_smile:

THIS MONTH’S GOAL:
1- I am like… 2 steps away from being overwhelmed. I will set up a divided plan for what to study and when I will study it.
2- Finish all reviews every day. There’s not too many right now, but I think by the end of this month it will feel a little crazy. I’ve definitely been warned a lot!
3- Get a textbook to follow along with. I see a lot about Genki? Maybe I should buy that? These are not strong goals :laughing:

#RESOURCES

CURRENT JAPANESE RESOURCES:
I have only really used WaniKani, though I’m excited to start trying more!

FAVE: :slight_smile:
LEAST FAVE: :slight_smile:

TRY NEW RESOURCE: I am going to start working on Bunpro!

#JAPANESE ABILITY

CURRENT JAPANESE WEAKNESS: Welllllll… of the things I’ve actually practiced, I have a hard time distinguishing similar kanji/vocabulary. For example, I have messed up “size” and “big” 19 times now.

HOW I WILL IMPROVE ABOVE: I need to accept that I don’t have to keep it all in my head. Going to start a notebook midway into this week.

#HELPING OTHERS

TIP/ADVICE FOR LEARNING JAPANESE: Just keep going. If you keep practicing with good resources and getting help when you need it, you will get better. I’ve only been doing this for 10 days technically, but the first few were spent learning hiragana! I already feel excited about my progress :slight_smile: :sparkles:

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#129

#PROGRESS POST #: 2

#WANIKANI
CURRENT WANIKANI LEVEL: 10

IN ONE MONTH I HOPE TO BE LEVEL… 14

#GOALS
LAST MONTH’S GOAL REPORT: finished a level every week. I did have to wake up in the middle of the night to do it though.

THIS MONTH’S GOAL: Better utilize reorder script so I can time my reviews better and still finish one lesson a week.

#RESOURCES
CURRENT JAPANESE RESOURCES: WK, Youkoso, Minna no nihongo

FAVE: wk
LEAST FAVE: none
TRY NEW RESOURCE:

#JAPANESE ABILITY
CURRENT JAPANESE WEAKNESS: Grammar is rusty and listening isn’t too great.

HOW I WILL IMPROVE ABOVE: Study grammar. Try to listen to NHK and watch more dramas.
#HELPING OTHERS
TIP/ADVICE FOR LEARNING JAPANESE be consistent. Don’t go years without studying or you lose a lot of what you already knew.

#130

PROGRESS POST 4 (3/6/2018):

LAST PROGRESS POST: 2/4/2018

WANIKANI

CURRENT WANIKANI LEVEL: 21

IN ONE MONTH I HOPE TO BE LEVEL: 25

GOALS

LAST MONTH’S GOAL REPORT:

  • Made my level goal!
  • Didn’t quite manage to get three new levels in Kaniwani (I think I got like two) but I’ve decided to take the levels there more slowly and work on lower levels because it was messing with my accuracy over here. (So not a huge loss.)
  • Not sure how many I added to Bunpro, but I’ve been killing it. :sunglasses:
  • Have not done a lot of specific kanji writing practice…
  • Haven’t read enough (the manga website I use started offering smaller samples :disappointed_relieved:)
  • Have kind of completely given up on Anki and currently looking for a more user-friendly SRS to replace it… So any suggestions are welcome.

THIS MONTH’S GOALS:

  • Check Kaniwani every day (even if I only do like ten reviews)
  • Add at least 20 new items in Bunpro
  • Specifically practice less-common kanji using Kanji Study in conjuction with my Kaniwani writing practice
  • Read more often and from wider sources
  • Do more specific listening/speaking practice
  • Oh, yeah, uh. Don’t @*#$ up my first burn reviews that I should be getting this month. :grimacing:

RESOURCES

CURRENT JAPANESE RESOURCES: Wanikani, Kaniwani, Bunpro, Satori Reader, Kanshudo, Japanese YouTube, Sokuyomi (Japanese e-manga site), Kanji Study (app), Japanese for Busy People I & II (books)

FAVE: Wanikani (I would love Satori Reader and Kanshudo if I could afford their full sites atm. :sweat:)

LEAST FAVE: Will always be Anki (again, any suggestions for replacements much appreciated)

TRY NEW RESOURCE: Satori Reader and Sokuyomi (more often)

JAPANESE ABILITY

CURRENT JAPANESE WEAKNESS: Conversation and Listening

HOW I WILL IMPROVE ABOVE:

  • Japanese conversation groups through my university (and maybe speaking up in class more often)
  • Listening practice for comprehension instead of just immersion

HELPING OTHERS

TIP/ADVICE FOR LEARNING JAPANESE: Don’t let yourself burn out. Take it slow if you have to, but don’t stop. Push against it, because you can come out the other side.

#131

#PROGRESS POST #: 4

#WANIKANI

CURRENT WANIKANI LEVEL: 16

IN ONE MONTH I HOPE TO BE LEVEL… 19

#GOALS

LAST MONTH’S GOAL REPORT:

  • Reached my WK goal for the month and a bit more as well. Given I’ve manage to make WK into a daily habit, it’s certainly the most regular goal to achieve

  • For vocab I’ve mantained my routine very consistent (about 20 lessons / day) with Anki. Great thing it’s later see those vocabs in actual sentences, one of my most enjoyable routines.

  • Bunpro was a no go this month. I didn’t fell like spending the time there, felt like doing chores, and I’m avoiding feeling like that when learning now.

  • Shadowing, I only did half of the 2nd unit from the book (Shadowing: let’s learn japanese). It was pointed to me that I might be trying to cover too much ground with japanese learning right now, and since talking it’s the routine that I will practice the less for now it will remain on queue. Same for the Collocations book, it’s very much attached to speaking. I’m planning to complete the book a couple of months before going to Japan this year though.

  • Writing, I’ve retake Kanji Study as a tool for remembering my kanjis. I found it specially helpful, given the these last WK levels are full with similar Kanjis, that can be correctly differentiated after actually writing them somtimes.

  • After seeking advice on WK forums I’ve decided to resume my grammar studies; Genki lost the apeal for me after completing the first book, and since I’m spending that many hours to learn japanese every day I’ve turn to material that I actually enjoy. In this case Japanese the Manga way has been the proposed option, wich it’s been to my surprise an engaging reading for the last week, hopefully will make me continue learning grammar at a constant pace.

  • Reading has become a priority. I’ve rushed to finish my current Graded Readers (Level 1) and have odered the next Level. I’ve notice less and less unknown vocab came from the last stories, so I was feeling good about my vocab improvement there.

THIS MONTH’S GOAL:

  • WK, Anki for vocab and context sentences will most certainly remain as my most constant routine.

  • Reading all or most of the Level 2 stories from Graded Readers would be a real improvement for increasing my actual reading.

  • Listening. I’ve finally managed to rip audio from my Netflix shows .I’ve integrated listening to the show’s audio while doing other activities as a daily routine these last week, mainly while commuting to work.

RESOURCES

CURRENT JAPANESE RESOURCES:

  • Anki Vocab deck based on Core10k and Context sentences (Subs2SRS / Morphman). A great change has been using a particular card syle for Anki that allows to show furigana only if hovering over the kanjis. I’ve shared here .

  • Graded Readers: Finishing Level 1, starting Level 2 soon.

  • Kanji Study App

  • Netflix for inmmersion (show’s with jsubs and listening to the shows audio later).Currently Wakako Sake, Million Yen Women, Usagi Drop, Kids on the Slope.

  • Japanese the Manga Way: great book to get interested into learning grammar once more.

FAVE: Sentence Mining with Subs2SRS and Graded Readers

TRY NEW RESOURCE: Japanese the Manga Way, I’m just turning pages in the first chapter, but has prven to be a fascinating reading (funny to say this over a grammar book actually)

#HELPING OTHERS

TIP/ADVICE FOR LEARNING JAPANESE: enjoy learning japanese :+1:

#132

PROGRESS POST #: 1

#WANIKANI
CURRENT WANIKANI LEVEL: 1, I just started!
IN ONE MONTH I HOPE TO BE LEVEL… : 10!, idk if that is even possible, but I believe in my abilities.

#GOALS
LAST MONTH’S GOAL REPORT: N/A
THIS MONTH’S GOAL:
1- Flash Cards. I seem to do well when i have something to physically work with, so I’m drawing some of those up
2- Finish all reviews every day. I signed up for WaniKani at the beginning of the year, and I have all the reviews to do
3- work with my textbooks in a more direct way. Actually start and finish each lesson, rather than skipping around to whatever.
4- Writing to my Japanese pen-pals. I feel like I’m letting such a wonderful resource go to waste.

#RESOURCES
CURRENT JAPANESE RESOURCES:
WaniKani, Japanese for Busy People 1, Genki 1, ケロロ軍曹の漢字ドリル小学1 年生, lingodeer, yomikata Z, kanji study (app)
FAVE: I feel like I’ve used the Kanji Study app the most, but it’s solely for Kanji practice (obvs…) however, it is super easy to pick up and do some quick drills on the phone so it has that benefit.
LEAST FAVE: So far Japanese for Busy people has been the most challenging for me to get anything meaningful out of. It is more business oriented and though could be adapted for casual use I also made the mistake of buying the romanized version, so I feel like i’m missing out on a lot of practice. I do only have the first level and a lot of what It’s covering is review for me.
TRY NEW RESOURCE: I am going to start using TangoRisto for that reading practice.

#JAPANESE ABILITY
CURRENT JAPANESE WEAKNESS: Oh man, my vocabulary is seriously lacking. I should work on my handwriting as well, I can read most basic sentences but ask me to write one and I will fail hard.
HOW I WILL IMPROVE ABOVE: Maybe using flashcards for the vocab, but definitely getting out my notebook and writing some sentence drills, or possibly even starting to write those pen-pals.

#HELPING OTHERS
TIP/ADVICE FOR LEARNING JAPANESE: It is best to just dive in, don’t get bogged down planning everything, find something you want to work with and just start it. I think for me, I lose interest in it since I have waaay too many resources going i get distracted and lose focus. So just start somewhere, like learning katakana, grammar structure, or pronunciation and go with that until you are comfortable moving up your skill then maybe start adding more features to your reviews.