I just completely stopped updating it over a year ago, so my previous log locked due to inactivity So here it is, BigEm’s Study Log 2.0, this time with more emojis, more chaos, and hopefully more studying! Once again, in theory this log will help hold me a bit more accountable for my studies.
A brief introduction of me - I’m an ALT in northern Hokkaido, and I’ve been in this cold, beautiful land full of bears and foxes for over 3 years now. I’ve been at this Japanese language thing for a long time now, although I’m still not fluent - my reading and writing skills are atrocious, honestly. I like hiking, photography, animals, bright colors, and getting waaay too obsessed with video games.
All right, enough of that, let’s get to the study stuff now.
2021 Goals + Assessment
Take and pass the N3 JLPT
I did it! I passed! Granted, I did just squeak by in the different categories, but a certificate is a certificate!
Reach level 60 in WaniKani
Really dropped off, tried to restart a few times, got overwhelmed by review counts, and gave up again. Hopefully I can get back in a few months, taking it slow.
Read 10 different manga
Nope. Although I do have a lot of manga (curse you cheap BookOffs!) so the reading material is there.
Read (at least) a chapter of 風が強く吹いている (the novel) and understand it
Nope. I don’t know if this is ever going to happen, honestly. Maybe, I suppose.
Have in-depth conversations with coworkers in Japanese
I did have several conversations with the school secretary about politics and how foreigners living in Japan are affected by currency exchange rates (he’s really interested in economics), so I’ll count that as a win.
Goals for 2022
I’m starting this a bit late in the year, so they’ll be a bit sparse. Also to be updated as the months progress.
My general goal-theme for this year is to improve my reading and writing skills. This will, hopefully, also give me more practice in grammar forms.
Read 3 different Japanese manga
Get through my review backlog and finish level 52 on WaniKani
Learn the lyrics to two Japanese songs perfectly for karaoke
Navigate a more complex conversation about paperwork at the 役場 without having to use my dictionary to look up words
Traditional Studying Resources
- Current level: 51
- Start date: 9 August 2019
- Review backlog: none!
Genki II (used as part reference, part vague study material)
Kumon Correspondance Course Not currently doing, but considering for next year
Anime Series (for studying, not just enjoyment)
I’m trying to watch the episodes first in Japanese without subtitles and then with subtitles. The nice thing is the recent episodes have mainly been filler so I’m not getting hit by complex geopolitical terms like I was a while back (the one silver lining of filler?)
Still sort of reading this one - I have several volumes, so that’s a nice non-limiting factor to using this series to practice reading.
Recently (probably because they reached a significant chapter number milestone recently) there’s been compilation volumes being sold at conbinis here. I’ve bought the first several, so it’s been fun to sort of flip through and read what I can of a story I remember well. Also, the amount of katakana words is hilarious to me for some reason.
Music that I’m still learning to impress people at karaoke
- Bump of Chicken
Let’s get to studying! がんばります！