Hi:) Welcome to my study log, where I’ll occasionally write about my attempt to learn Japanese. Reading other people’s study logs has been and continues to be a great source of inspiration, motivation, and information for me Hopefully I can make some small but similar contributions your journey. And if you decide to stop by to read what I’m up to/comment on my efforts (or talk about anything related to learning Japanese, really) that will make me very happy We’re all undertaking this massive task together
I used Wanikani from about March to July last year (2021) and got to the cusp of level 9 before losing steam. I put Wanikani in vacation mode, intending it to last for about three weeks when I thought I’d join a intro to Japanese class at my university but the class has a limited number of spots and I applied too late to get one… Last semester was really hectic so in the end I put off Wanikani until now, and on impulse I decided to reset to level 1.
Going forward I plan to study using
15 lessons per day, using the reorder script to do all available vocabulary items first, then all available kanji, finally the radicals. Speed is not a priority at the moment.
I’ve started using the The Refold JP1K vocab deck in Anki, adding 10 new items to the review pile per day. As for sentence mining @Vanilla says they might make a video showcasing how to add a card with
in 1 second, so I’m eagerly looking forward to learning their ways although I have no point of reference as to how much work making the video requires so no pressure! I don’t want to impose by expressing my greedy greedy desire for your knowledge
I think I ought to start sentence mining sooner rather than later, but the JP1K deck will contribute the majority of new Anki cards for the next three months or so, so I do have some time to figure out the most efficient way to add new cards before that skillset becomes critical.
Cure Dolly and Tae Kim
I intend to read a couple pages per day to begin with. あずまんが大王 (in English) was one of my favorite manga back in the day, so I have great fate in よつばと! and ordered the entire series last summer
I’m looking forward to slowly working my way through it:)
Also, to train my kanji knowledge I plan to cover up the furigana for vocabulary I’m supposed to know so when I go back to reread a chapter/volume my brain won’t be able to rest on the furigana.
I plan to watch an episode of a slice of life anime every day (or every other day) and listen for comprehensible words and phrases. First one up will be 日常, although it would have been あずまんが大王 (for the nostalgia factor) if only I could find somewhere to watch it with Japanese subs.
Kanji Practice Sheets
I keep a handwritten diary in English and Norwegian, and I would like to eventually add Japanese to the mix. For now I’ve decided to just fill out one of these sheets every day (5 kanji per day) going in the order I unlock them in in Wanikani. I don’t know how much of an effect it will have on my handwriting but I imagine it won’t be zero, especially if I combine it with some youtube tutorials down the line. And I have some hope that doing this will help me keep track of visually similar kanji as they become more complex.
I’ll be following the Saturday lessons in the Nihongo tea room.
Just for future reference
People keep giving me tips to keep in mind for later in my Japanese learning journey, so today (2.apr.2022) I decided to gather such advice here in my study log. The archon of a pillow fort should keep an orderly archive after all
ChirstopherFritz's manga to searchable text process
This does look helpfull, I’ll look into emulating your process when I feel it’s time to be more intentional about what words I learn:)