tl;dr: Should I slow down WaniKani to focus on Genki or should I just do WK first since it’s easier for me and piece it together later with Genki? Would focusing on WK because I’m more motivated to do it be better? Or would forcing myself to learn Genki asap make my WK lessons faster/more insightful/more helpful?
I’ve just gotten to level 3 on WK and I kind of had a realization and started losing motivation.
A lot of people said that learning all the Kanji first will help when learning Japanese later but I think I’ve figured out that that means learning to recognize the kanji and probably not so much the readings and vocab to it. That I should probably be prioritizing Genki and supplementing it with WK.
Whenever I look at the vocab on this site it gives example usages which I can’t read at all. I’ve still been able to associate the Kanji/Vocab with the reading and meaning even though I don’t understand why they’re pronounced/written that way or how to use them in a sentence necessarily. I just kind of associate that ‘it’s just this way.’
The benefit of WK is the schedule is all broken down for me so I never have to think, and it has api tools that make that learning even easier. On WK I use the self study api to just drill my new lessons over and over again until it sticks before the first review is ready.
Genki is self motivation and I find myself struggling to even remember the vocab words. With Genki I’ve tried memrise and anki but I haven’t been able to find anything as simple as self study where I can type the kana answers and it just repeats the ones I don’t know over and over again until I get it. (Suggestions?)
Anyway, I’m worried about getting too far ahead on WK before learning Genki/grammar and that’s hurting my motivation. Should that be a concern of mine? Or will I be able to piece in the knowledge I’m learning when I finally learn the grammar?
If I prioritize and drill Genki 1 and 2 and it takes me half a year and but I only do minimal progress on WK would my grammar help me be able to learn WK lessons better and faster? Or lets say it takes me twice as long to learn Genki I and 2 but I’m able to do more WK during that year, would I be ahead just because I was able to do more of what I liked instead during that year even though I slowed progress on Genki to make it a more comfortable pace?
is there a certain level on WK that I should shoot for that would help me understand most of something like NHK News Easy or other beginning readings that I can try to coincide with finishing Genki books to maximize motivation on both?
Thanks for taking your time to read and any insight would be helpful.