Well, barring no strange surprises, in about 2 days I’m going to hit level 11 and exit the pleasants. That’s pretty nice! Some patterns are emerging in certain words that are tricky to make stick or to distinguish – I swear there must be 20 words here that means some variation on “area” or “neighborhood,” and when an unusual reading slips in among a clump like that, I can tell that all my brain knows is to watch out for “that neighborhood word,” haha. Hopefully the SRS will handle it eventually. I want to know every word I can as well as I can, sure, but these are small issues. On the whole, my accuracy is high and I’m remembering kanji. Still pleased to be using this system.
I’ve settled into a better rhythm for how I do reviews simply by virtue of more time on WK helping me to understand how the levels are structured. I’d say I’m going at a brisk pace but not full speed now. My last few levels have taken more or less exactly 9 days and I think I’m content to carry this forward. Leads to very roughly 20 lessons a day, it fluctuates because I’m more focused on the breakpoints of finishing all the radicals one day, the kanji another, etc, but they’re mostly small enough fluctuations. Seems to work out well for me.
I know there’s nothing you can do but keep pushing through it bit by bit, can’t learn 2000 kanji overnight, but I am growing a little more antsy to reach a level where I will recognize more. See, in the past I’ve totally been able to brush off the time waiting for kanji because furigana exists and I don’t anticipate my reading level getting so good so fast that I need to rush to things without furigana. I am very excited to strike out into reading visual novels, but I can wait. The annoyance is just that, now that I’m doing sentence mining myself, a whole lot of very good words to learn are in kanji. And I’m still evaluating how I want to handle it, but for the moment, I’m not too interested in trying to early self-study kanji that I know is coming up in Wanikani anyway. But having limiting factors on learning words “too soon” isn’t fun either, y’know? I know getting comfortable with learning kanji yourself eventually is a necessity… but I’m level 10 so that feels a bit premature.
That said, I’m just musing on the challenges that arise. Overall, things are reasonably good. Satori Reader notes are teaching me a lot of things, and using with furigana tailored to my knowledge has surprised me at how comfortable I am with quickly reading most kanji words I got from this site. It’s working!
All of the above (plus anki for said sentence mining and genki word review) is my “main studying,” I guess. In my other time, which I still have quite a bit of thankfully, I’m plowing through Yotsubato volumes. I’m more than halfway through volume 3… the difficulty sure varies by chapter and who is involved (gotta brace myself for scenes all in the neighbors’ household), but I’m steadily working through.
I’m also grinding through Dragon Quest 11 bit by bit, spending literal hours making it to the point where I’ve fought my first few enemies, haha. That game seems to average like 4 words I don’t know per sentence, which isn’t the best, but they repeat certain words SO often that they’re pretty well embedded in my head. There are totally lines I just have to give up on, but overall even though I think it’s above my level, it’s not so far as to feel like a waste of time.
Can I just toss in here that I appreciate this community quite a bit? It’s a mixed bag online, and I owe some other communities a lot for lurking there teaching me the methods that are helping me to do this. But there’s a really not uncommon strain of more toxic elements among Japanese learners in some places.
Onward, to more learning…