This is my first post here, so let me introduce myself first: I am a Japanese learner for a couple of years now, but my Japanese isn’t that good (at all). I know some few basic sentences like ドイツの学生です、日本語を話しましょう, pretty basic stuff, but I cannot do a conversation and I am still missing loads of vocabulary. I picked up Japanese because mainly I wanted to challenge my brain with a totally different language (I know German and English, plus basic conversations in French and Spanish, which are all pretty similar); I chose Japanese from a couple of languages (Arabic, Russian, Chinese, Korean) because Japan is most interesting to me, regarding culture and history, and could potentially also be interesting for me professionally (I am a computer science student with focus on AI and robotics). I started a couple of years ago with learning Hiragana and Katakana on myself, then visited a language course for half a year, which wasn’t too good, so I was a bit disappointed and had a break. When turning back to Japanese I learned with Michel Thomas audio course, which is a great head start into basic sentence structure and easy vocab. After that I grabbed myself a used copy of Genki, which I’ve done a few chapters (really at the beginning), and as this also introduced Kanji and I found them really hard, I looked online for tips and found WaniKani. I already did the free period twice, but never finished (first time, I tried to learn as many items as possible because I hated the wait; only to find out that reviews will hit you hard with this kind of “strategy” - then resetting it, I didn’t quite get into the grove due to lot of things happening around me (moving, new job, corona, you know the deal).
Now I finally got into the groove: I have a 24 day streak, just 12 more items to go, with most of them (246) already in Guru and the first (38) hitting master. I really like WaniKani, it helps me stay focused, it’s fun to learn with, I feel like doing a game and leveling up which is more fun than working through a book. So of course I’d also love to support them plus be able to use it further. However, I am pretty low on cash (huge student loans to repay) and therefore I’d like to get most out of my money.
My mind is set on getting the life time subscription; reason: see above I have my ups and downs, I cannot foresee if this streak is going to keep on like this (I really hope so, though), so I would love to be more flexible with my prospect, i.e. planning a 1-2 year subscription isn’t for me. If I should really finish in a year, I wouldn’t feel bad about the money spent on a lifetime subscription, but if it took me the next 6 years, I would feel bad about a yearly subscription; with my goal being to reach at least “Enlightenment” on all items, I think the later is more realistic.
Now what’s stopping me? A 300$ investment isn’t something I can pay out of my pocket. I’ll probably need to save up another month or two, which was the plan anyways (I would have stopped progressing but hitting just my reviews for a month or two seemed doable for me as well); now I learned about the annually Christmas sale. Which is my dilemma right now:
- Get a yearly subscription now and switch in December, as you get a refund on the money already spent? Then I’d end up paying nearly the full price anyways…
- Wait till Christmas… But what to do in the mean time?
How would you decide, and what would be the thing you would be doing until then? Just Extra studies and hitting the Reviews? I could manage to get a couple of them to “Burned” till Christmas, I guess; I just wonder if it’ll not get boring. I could make myself flash cards of the new items on paper to have something challenging to go on with. I’d have a head start once I can access the next levels and could “Master” them in a month - that could be fun… Or I pick up the Genki 1 again, and maybe it’ll keep me motivated until December so I don’t loose my habit of daily Japanese learning again…
What do you think? Anyone in the same situation as me? What are you planning to do next?