I am starting a study log! Because things move so fast and I want to keep track a bit of this amazing journey. And I am discovering so many new things from other people’s study logs, perhaps my experience will come in useful at some point.
So far I am still catching up with this parallel universe of WaniKani peeps that I would not have imagined in my wildest dreams about Japanese learning. This really is quite something else.
Some achievements this week:
I levelled up and I am now studying level 11 kanji. Yay! Level 10 felt very hard as I am super busy at work. I started with WaniKani while I was on a boring lockdown holiday in my living room a few months back, and back then it felt really doable.
I finally jumped in and installed user scripts. Until today, I have been mainly using WaniKani on an iPad. Stole my husband’s android tablet last week to use Flaming Durtles, which I find super useful, and now I am also on the laptop with user scripts. Mind blown!
And you see, I really was busy
- and I used the WaniKani sale and upgraded to lifetime, realising I will definitely not finish this all in a year and a bit, this will take time, there is no way I can sustain this pace
Things I am studying this week:
聞き耳ラジオ in Satori reader. I have had Satori reader for some time, but the SRS scared me. Now that I have done 10 levels of WaniKani, I do the SRS on Satori for relaxation. Yep, you read that right . My tolerance for pain has massively increased.
I am re-watching ピアノの森 with subtitles on Netflix. This anime has a special place in my heart - it basically got me interested in anime outside of Ghibli films. (Plus I love Chopin, you kind of have to if you want to watch this to the end…) I am grateful for this anime, as it got me back into serious Japanese study. I so much wanted to understand the language, that I manually transcribed almost the entire 24 episodes - for me this is a really good reading practice: If I know the reading of a word, I can write it using the Japanese keyboard on the iPad, and then select the characters from the dropdown if not obvious. If I don’t know it, well, then it’s back to hand-scribbling it into Jisho.
Re-watching it now is super amazing: I have learnt SO MUCH, it is unreal. So much more makes sense now. This is what I love most about learning (anything): it’s the lifting of the fog. It takes some time, and then all of a sudden things become visible.
So, thanks, WaniKani, thank you all super friendly peeps here, thank you!