Bakugames' study log

Welcome to my study log! Where I try to organize my mess of a study schedule. I don’t know how to use any code in this website so you’ll have to endure this basic mess. Sorry!

I’ve been trying to learn japanese for a year, but it was only by finding wanikani that I’ve gained a real interess in the language. Having a fun way to learn kanji made me want to learn about the other parts.
For ease of adressing me, you can just call me lemmy, and use any pronouns.

This thread will be updated frequently (not daily, sorry I’m not that organized). I’ll do a weekly review of my progress and discuss what happened, what went right and what went wrong. Someone please teach me how to do that task thing on these forums.


  • Currently level 4
  • 15 to 20 lessons a day

Elementary Japanese: Volume 1 (By Yoko Hasegawa)

Lesson 1 completed

  • On lesson 2

A Dictionary of Basic Japanese Grammar

  • Not started yet

Caligraphy sheets

  • 5/8 sheets Hiragana done. Currently on ‘h’ sounds ( は ひ ふ へ ほ )
  • After finishing Hiragana, will move towards a mix of Kanji and Katakana

Yearly goals

Goals that I’m focusing on achieving this year. Should be doable enough.

  • Reach Wanikani lv 10
  • Finish half of Elementary Japanese
  • Read basic sentences (‘easy’ grammar)
  • Catch up on my caligraphy sheets (haven’t started lv 1 kanji)

Extra goals

Goals that will replace the above when completed/added as time goes on. May not be finished in a year, but will still give me a sense of what to aim for next, even if not doable.

  • Reach Wanikani lv 15
  • Finish 3/4ths of Elementary Japanese
  • Finish A Dictionary of Basic Grammar
  • Read a beginner book
  • Start to listen to Japanese audios

Side goals

Just side quests really. Small things that would be cool to do later on, but I’m not focused on yet.

  • Comfortably write hiragana and katakana, without needing to look at my caligraphy sheets.
  • The above, but for the kanji I learn
  • Play a game in japanese and understand some stuff going on.
  • Fully learn a swear word LOL.

Welcome to WK!! About JLPT, unfortunately it isn’t offered online. If you take 2 weeks per level (fastest is around 1 week / level) then you could get all the way up to level 20 by the end of the year! Don’t be afraid to push yourself!

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the main issue is just time tbh. I often have entire weeks working non stop on stuff, and some where im literally not doing anything (such is the life of a freelancer), so I put my goal to something obtainable but that could still motivate me.

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Glad to see another study blog! :slight_smile:

lol :joy: Don’t take it from me, but some time back I made a thread about stuff like that:grimacing:

Kuso! - What NOT to say in Japanese - swearing, sex, and general rudness

Now, lv 48 I have finally encountered a swear word kanji: livestock: 畜 part of “damn”
畜生 【ちくしょう】 (int,n) beast, brute, damn, §

I hope learning this early on will serve you well! XD

Ganbatte! ^>^

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10 JAN

Wasn’t able to do much outside wanikani today, but I finished all the reviews and lessons I had for the first time in a long while (had 25 lessons left today). Had to do extra exercises to really get the new stuff inside my head.

Hoping to do at least two more caligraphy pages tomorrow. Unsure if I should start my elementary book after I learn all hiragana caligraphy or not.

13 JAN


  • Guru’ed 21 lv 4 radicals. Started all 17 new kanji.
  • Got rid of two leeches
  • All reviews done for today, 3 day 0/0 streak

Elementary Japanese

  • Finished lesson 1, wrote down kanjis for words I already knew. Wrote down most of the lesson on a notebook
  • All exercises done


  • Finished the Nx chart

My study log probably isn’t that interessing since I haven’t started on reading books or consuming media in japanese (other than pokémon but that was mostly for katakana), but hey, we gotta start somewhere.


14-18 JAN


  • Reached level 5! Too bad I also got 115 lessons to do, ending my 7 day 0/0 streak. Too good to last I guess
  • Currently 276 master, hoping to get an enlighted one soon.
  • All reviews are done for today, I’ll try to cram some lessons but there’s no way im finishing this lesson pile today haha

Elementary Japanese

  • Finished lesson 2. Was quite a chunky one with the grammar points. Will have to review it soon. I left the exercises for tomorrow to let my brain rest and also to review everything again.

I also started Minato. I’m unsure if I’ll track this here. It feels like it’ll serve more as a review for what I already know from elementary japanese. If it diverts, I’ll add it to my lesson piles.

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