Recently, I’ve been reflecting on my current reading routine, as I progress with my Japanese learning. The issue I’m facing at the moment is that making a flashcard deck for each and every chapter I read for Yotsubato! and then reviewing it from time to time through anki, can get pretty overwhelming, especially when I can finish a chapter of Yotsuba per day. On top of that, there’s already a lot of vocab I’m learning from wanikani itself, as well as vocab from my Japanese tutor. Already learning around 300 vocab words per month and to add more flashcard decks for manga chapters is too overwhelming at the moment.
So I’m thinking whether or not I should give up the flashcard bit altogether, and just keep reading manga. Reading the chapter first, then search up vocab via a dictionary and read again for the second time. And just keep going, hoping I’ll be able to retain the vocab? Anyone have any suggestions?
Additionally, I think I’m at the stage where I need slowly start transitioning to Japanese sentence flashcards. I’ve read an article about moving on from vocab flashcards, but I’m still confused about how to go about doing it. Is it just writing out the vocab word on one side, saying aloud the sentence that relates to it, then turning to the back, and seeing if you remembered it?
To provide a bit of context, I’m at N4 level. I’ll be finished with it by the end of the year, moving onto N3 soon as I’m halfway through it.
So to sum it up, I really want to hear if anyone has experiences in moving on from Japanese vocab to sentence flashcards, and how you ended up studying them? As well as how people go about their reading practice? Do you just keep using the tadoku approach, search up words in jisho and then keep reading, without making flashcards? Or do you only select useful vocab and put that in your flashcards? My main aim in learning Japanese is being able to read manga (and hopefully light novels!) so I really do want to be able to retain a lot of the vocab I encounter in manga, as I believe it will be my biggest obstacle as I advance in Japanese.
Also, I’m very interested to hear if anyone has any experiences when needing to change up their reading routine a bit, as you progress and advance in general, what changes were made, what you found worked or didn’t work for you.