Advice for us low-levels?

I was wondering the same thing (what is a leech) :slight_smile:

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I appreciate your comments. Taking it slow is my only option. I have a full-time job, a wife, 2 kids (soon to be 4 :sweat_smile:), and a house and yard to keep up. I do reviews 3 times a day - in the morning before I leave for work, on my lunch break, then before I go to bed. It is working for me so far, although I do wish I could speed up a bit more.

I spent the 90’s and 2000’s trying to speed-learn languages (5 of them, Japanese included), and it never worked. So, after all that time, slow and steady is my current philosophy.

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Sounds like you have a lot on your plate :)) I’m just lazy and relaxed, so I prefer going slow. That and speed isn’t always the best thing when it comes to learning (as you mention). What matters most is that you actually remember the kanji. That’s why I tend to prefer literally throwing myself at the reviews until the kanji sticks without mnemonics, no reordering (except maybe for radicals), no ignoring, even if I typoed. If your accuracy is high enough, making several mistakes and typoes isn’t going to destroy your review pile. I always tell myself if I made a mistake from reading too fast it’s because I didn’t know the kanji well enough.

And again, I’ll stress putting your learning to work. That’s where you really form the connections to keep the kanji in your mind. Maybe one article on a Japanese news site a day? Once you’re a higher level, of course.

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That’s funny, because I’m the opposite. I always say the reading of a kanji/vocab out loud the second it appears (assuming I know it), regardless of whether it’s asking for the reading or the meaning.

I personally like the readings and meanings being mixed up. I don’t know if that makes me go slower, but I think I learn better this way. Sometimes I only remember the meaning once I remember the reading or vice versa, so having them mixed up forces me to prove that I know one without relying on the other (as much as is possible in a single review session anyway).

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I’m level 8 and I feel like when I try to read something like a book or news article, there’s still A LOT I can’t understand. I know I’m lacking in grammar, so thats part of it as well.
However, I watch a lot of anime in Japanese too and I can pick up a couple words here and there, but by no means could I watch without subtitles. Keep in mind this is with me almost exclusively using WK, though. (I just started Genki, but I’m only on chapter 2.) So someone who is learning from multiple sources or had prior knowledge might think differently.

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Come join my​ Genki thread…!

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@cliff900 @KSamo A leech is an item that hangs around in your review pile for months or even years. I have some items I’ve seen literally a hundred times. For whatever reason they just don’t sink in. If you let them build up, they can really slow you down. The problem is, if they keep appearing in the middle of a pile of 100 reviews, you never focus on them. That’s why it’s good to identify them and try to deal with them.

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I learned 召 as seduce. So 沼 became water + seduce, which kind of makes sense. Also easier to make mnemonics. For example, for 紹 I had something with a black widow (silk) inviting people to her lair (seduction).

It really is interesting how people learn differently :slight_smile:

It’s something that one needs to keep in mind when giving advice, since what was essential to you can be destructive to someone else!

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For further reference, this is a leech:

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I’ve had a lot of success doing my own SRS with these “leeches”, I checkin on it more frequently than WK (sometimes every 5 mins even) and once I get a handle on it that way, I don’t continuously fail with it in WK. You might try that first. Maybe it’s just me, but I don’t believe it makes sense to skip a word because it’s difficult for you, it just means you need to give it the focus it deserves.

EDIT (an example):

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Hi , Where do I find Lesson Reorder, review reorder, Ignore and Ultimate time line ? What is a Leech Guys?
I would love to be doing all my, Radicals and Kanji first. This would make a lot more sense to me. Is there a way to do this? I would be greatfull if anyone could answer me simply. I’m not so savvy with the terms
Thank you in advance

Start here:

Thx for the info. Never gave a serious thought about the leeches.[quote=“shuttersound, post:72, topic:18194”]
und this, too. I can blast through reviews much more quickly in 1x1 mode, since my mind naturally remembers both the meaning
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I feel like its best to find a place without distractions to do reviews. My dad is a literal chatterbox and started talking to me when I started my reviews and then due to being distracted I called 皮 Frog instead of Skin, and now my levelup time has been set back by 10 hours, so if you really have a lot of time on your hands and want to level up as fast as possible, don’t let people distract you!

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What do you guys think is the ideal lesson batch number? I just defaulted to 10 because the length of time it takes me to read through them all thoroughly creates a lil micro-SRS. BUT perhaps lowering this would make doing lessons less time intensive, or easier to do quick one-offs throughout the day… I’m not sure. What have you folks tried? :slight_smile:

I’ve never changed it from its default (5). Never felt any need to. Also I like 5 because there are 5 Power Rangers.

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What is this vacation mode you speak of?

When you reach level 60 Koichi gives you a 2-week trip to Bermuda.

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@Aemaeth I actually decreased my batch size from 5 to 4. It allows me to do lessons slightly more quickly when I don’t have much time. My kanji lessons involve finding vocabulary for that kanji, so even 4 lessons for kanji can take a long time. (Side comment: That’s also why I try to mix my kanji and vocabulary lessons)

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