I use Flaming Durtles 3rd party app for my wanikani on my Android and it allows me to stop & resume pretty freely and quit a session if I don’t want to save wrong answers/typos (I hate this keyboard…its autocorrecting everything wrong as I write this but I can’t seem to get autocorrect to turn off!! Help with this would also be appreciated).
I have an English keyboard, Japanese Romanji, French, Spanish, and Russian on this Android.
WaniKani is very productive for my Japanese. When I study on Duolingo, I barely need to even think because they just GIVE you the answers. I hate that but thats then only way I get anything that builds actually sentences.
With Russian I rely on Lingvist because like WaniKani, it uses the multi-tier algorithm to make sure you know a word before shelving it for a while. You have to plug it in. No multiple choice. Love that…despite how Russian has seven cases for every freaking…word…damn Russian grammar.
But when it comes to my French? I haven’t found jack that challenges me at all. And yet I can’t follow films as well as I used to because of the lack of immersion. For Spanish I just watch films. I don’t really care to learn it. I just happen to pass intermediate proficiency. But it would be nice if I found an app that challenged both my French & Spanish.
This month I’m learning the Korean alphabet. I am not actively learning Korean, but are there apps for Japanese speakers who are learning Korean that are particularly effective the way wanikani is for English speakers? (I decided to learn Korean on my left hand so it forces my mind to store it with my more creative side where all the KPop is located anyway). So creative solutions are appreciated.
Basically… when you are learning multiple languages its like playing several games of chess at once. You take a break from one game to pick up another and something about the switch gives you a rest even when you aren’t actually taking one. (My husband is multilingual chess candidate master… So he says thats how it is for him. Sounds solid enough). But challenging yourself to think in an easier or rather… better established language while studying primarily for the third seems to be what Koichi means when he talks about Maximum Efficiency in the Most Minimum amount of time. Lord knows I need every minute I can get (I’m way behind in my mathmatics studies and until I get my ducks in a row I cant stick it back in rotation).
Life is so shitty. I never thought fighting with autocorrect everyday let alone ever be stuck with this crap Android to study would be my life narrative, but I’m doing the best I can with what I have. I have a home, food and no Covid so I’m grateful. I just know I could do better.
If any fellow aspiring polyglots have some tech advice and language learning advice I’d love to hear it. My great great uncle spoke 8 languages, but he got to SEE these places. I have to create and simulate those sort of social interactions for myself. I accept that I probably will never get to see Paris again, or eat Borsh in Moscow, or farm in Hokkaido, but I dare to let my mind dance past the confines of my quarantine, and past the confines of this human experiment on Planet Terror.