This summer I have a significant birthday, so some time ago I arranged with my boss that I would take 2 months off work (unpaid). My plan had been to go to Japan for 3 weeks and then come back, study like crazy and take the N3, hopefully having boosted my knowledge a bit while I was in Japan. Obviously the going-to-Japan bit now isn’t happening and I’m not sure I’d feel happy sitting in a test centre all day this summer even if the JLPT goes ahead.
I have, however, decided to still take the time off work and I’d really like to use it to give my Japanese language skills a real boost, as I’m only really able to just keep things quietly ticking over while I’m working full-time.
At the moment I have weekly classes with a tutor and we’re just about to finish Minna No Nihongo Shokyu 2, and then start on Chukyu 1. Alongside WK, I use Torii and my own flashcards that incorporate the vocabulary from MNN and words that I’ve looked up while watching native content (mostly YouTube and social media). I also try to post on Hello Talk a few times each week.
Obviously the time off will allow me to spend more time on all of these, and go a bit faster on WK than my current tortoise pace. But I was curious what other people would do if they had this opportunity? Or if you’d had a similar period of intensive study, what really worked for you?