I looked around a bit on the forums but didn’t see any other active topics about this so here I go
First of all, I know that level 7 isn’t exactly at a point most people would consider difficult, but for whatever reason it’s really gotten to me. I’ve been on level 7 for 23 days and even if I sat myself down and did all my reviews as soon as they were available I’d probably still be here for another week at least. I actually had a pretty good pace going for a while but I had to put WK on the back burner while I focused more on midterms and now I have 300+ reviews almost all the time because I don’t have the time or motivation to keep them down.
Problems with WK aside, I’ve been discouraged recently with my lack of progress in grammar. I got all the Genki books for Christmas but whenever I actually want to sit down and work on Japanese it’s been my kanji review that eats at all my time. I understand that Japanese is really complex, and I’m not expecting to be fluent at level 7, trust me. But lurking in the beginner book club threads and trying to read some of the practice pages really shows just how much I don’t know. How have you guys started your grammar journey? Should I read Genki cover to cover or is it a better idea to start reading a book and just looking up grammar as I go? With most “easy” material I try to read I understand almost none of it, so it’s hard to even search for anything specific grammar-wise that I could learn.
I guess I just feel a bit lost here. Even if I did get my reviews and lessons under control, how am I supposed to progress with my grammar? I know everyone wants to be able to read right away, and I understand that it takes a lot of work, but I don’t even know what to put that work into. Lately it seems like I spend more time trying to plan out how I’m going to learn rather than just learning, which obviously isn’t helping.
So I ask the community - How do you deal with this type of thing? What are some good grammar resources for complete (and I mean complete) beginners to reading Japanese?