Hey there, very new here! Looks like a very pleasant community and these topics seem welcome enough so I figured I’d type something out – connecting with others can only help, plus I kind of enjoy rambling about what I’m up to, whether anyone reads it or not. I don’t have a planned schedule for this, as this forum looks great, but I have to avoid the trap of getting too distracted from doing the actual work. I’ll pop in whenever I think I have an update worth mentioning. Whether you have anything to say or not, thanks for taking a look <3.
Quick background: Wanting to learn Japanese has been in the back of my head for ages, but I’m often pretty bad about motivation and, like, self-confidence. It didn’t help that I made one attempt years ago, long before I was ready, that never even reached the stage of confidently memorizing all the kana. But I enjoy a lot of Japanese media of all sorts (music, films, videogames, etc), and something finally snapped and I decided it was time. At the start of this month, Tofugu’s hiragana and katakana guides taught me both in one day each, and that was all I needed to realize that, wow, I could actually do this. So here I am!
Currently my main learning is focused on Wanikani and Genki. I have too much time on my hands, so I’m moving through Wanikani at near max rate so far (sometimes I’ll split the lessons into 2 days or so if a huge chunk starts feeling like too much). Doing reviews whenever I have the time as soon as chunks come up, another review or two and I’ll finish level 4. I’m watching out for moving too fast and overwhelming myself, but my retention rate has been great, so no worries yet. Same goes for Genki 1, where I’m starting lesson 8. I drill the vocab in anki, then read and work through everything with the help of some Youtube videos (TokiniAndy has made the explanations clearer often). For now I’m skipping writing because I care a lot more about learning to read/listen and eventually speak than I do to write, and I’m not someone who feels like I need writing to help me learn. I might work on it later, but that’ll be a long term thing.
In a less rigid way, I’m working through the low level Tadoku graded readers to reinforce the language, and Youtube channels like Comprehensible Japanese have been great to watch for the same reason. I’m also going to join the absolute beginner book club! Looking forward to that, as my goal is definitely to move to mostly reading/listening to learn once I’m further along. Maybe after Genki 2? That might come with sentence mining but we’ll cross that bridge when we get there.
I guess my goals at the moment in the shorter term are finishing Genki and the constant treadmill of Wanikani level ups. In the longer term, I’ve got reading to do – in addition to the book club, I grabbed Yotsubato 1 since that’s recommended a lot. And beyond that, at a slightly higher level, I’ve been wanting to check out the VN Summer Pockets, so reading that is my major goal right now.
28 days in, I’m late level 4 on Wanikani, on Genki 1 lesson 8, and, while I know that I know almost nothing, “almost nothing” is so much more than I knew last month. Good luck, everyone.