I know enough basic words and grammar that I can say and understand some simple phrases - basically toddler level, I guess. I learned a lot of it years ago, when I was into anime (which I’m not anymore… not particularly anyway).
I started WK to pick up new vocab and kanji reading and it’s working well for that - but the example sentences almost always have grammar I can’t make heads or tails of.
I tried Bunpro, just to see how it is, and almost immediately it started teaching me grammar I don’t recognize. Which is fine, that’s kind of the point - but compared to what I’m already familiar with, this feels like it’s just an abstract intellectual exercise, like memorizing pi, without some reading or listening or conversational practice that contextualizes the grammar. I won’t say I never heard this grammar back in my anime days (because I surely did hear it) but I can say I never picked it out from the garble.
But if I try to read or listen to Japanese, it’s full of words and grammar I don’t know yet.
How do I cut this Gordian knot? Do I seek out preschool-level material? Do I go back to listening to material that I don’t understand 95% of, trying to pick the needles out of the haystack? Do I just need to grind more before it starts to come together? What worked for you at this stage, or what do you wish you’d known to do sooner?