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.
- 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!