When I learned hiragana and katakana, I basically brute forced it by repeating it over and over again using flash cards. I found out that it was quite difficult to read sentences fluently despite knowing the characters. By practising reading simple sentences, it has gotten much more fluid.
My goal is to be able to read and understand Japanese. Therefore I really want to practise as much as possible. I already try to read the children’s newspaper mainichi.jp every day, picking up whatever I can pick up from the sentences.
I noticed that a lot of manga use furigana and I was wondering at what level I will be good enough to read the manga and understand what it’s about without being able to literally translate it.
Right now, I can understand a few of the speech bubbles if they are very short and don’t use too complicated grammar and vocabulary.