2021 Japanese Goals -- Let's ROCK

Hey everyone,

I’ve been on Wanikani for nearly four years now and have a grand total of…one post before this one! I read the 0/0 Streak topic and it inspired and pushed me to hit and try to maintain having 0 new lessons and 0 reviews in my que. After that, I leveled up quite a bit last year! Since August I, I have been leveling up at least twice per month and it’s a great feeling. It’s a lot of work, but I can see myself improving, which is a wonderful feeling!

It’s nearly February and I am sitting here planning out my goals for 2021. I live in Tokyo and have a lot more exposure to Japanese than some other members here. Even so, Japanese still is a very difficult language and kanji is one of the most difficult things I’ve ever learned – well, been attempting to learn. But though a lot of hard work and studying, I passed the N3 test with a decent score! It’s a huge accomplishment since I’ve never taken Japanese language classes. My big goal for 2021 is N2. Then get a job in a Japanese company, likely in 2022.

These are my personal goals for improving my Japanese in 2021. If you have some suggestions, I would definitely LOVE to hear them. Or if you are in Tokyo and want to organize a study group, that’d also be really cool. :slight_smile:


  • Acquire N2 by the end of 2021
  • Read a few manga each month (suggestions? I love Conan, Rurouni Kenshin, etc.)
  • Watch a few episodes of Japanese dramas each week (ideally in Japanese with Japanese subtitles)
  • Learn a few more Japanese songs to sing at karaoke
  • Join language exchange events at least twice per month (I’m insanely busy so this is a hopeful goal!)
  • Reach Wani Kani level 50
  • In the latter half of the year, start trying to read some Japanese novels

I regularly read NHK Web News Easy, watch JDramas with English subtitles, and speak Japanese with coworkers and friends. Just need to practice and learn more. I teach English at high school and speak 100% English with my students so trying to practice as much as possible outside of that is my goal.

For those of you who have made the jump from N3 → N2, what helped you most? Do you have some recommended reading? Suggested YouTube channels? Awesome study groups?

I have generally been a lurker more than a poster, but will try to change that this year and hold myself accountable for improving my Japanese!



A lot of people shared their goals here:

(I guess posting private category links in a public category means no link previews. Never thought of that before.)


Your title reminded me of this.

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