WoW First of all, I never thought that this day will come! But just a few days ago, I made it to Level 60 and will now tell something about my journey and where I’m going to go now if some of you old ones have some pointers for me, please enlighten me more.
There will be glorious cake at the end!
Because this is mandatory I guess here are my
Status + Accuracy + Level Up:
I started roughly 3 Years ago, to be precise on the 15th of November 2017 (15.11.2017) and the 20.12.2020 will mark the end of my time on Wanikani!
And for the very perceptive ones yeah I spend the longest time on Level 42! One Reason for that… wasn’t that the goal all along! Reaching Level 42+ and the other thing… live got in the way, I graduated and lots of stuff just happend there, but it was quite the nice timing!
Okay we got that out of the way, next I want to thank my buddies from the Reorder Abuse Jail (see Race to Cake ) who were a motivation for me to push through hard or difficult times and to actually come back I hope I’ll be a spark of motivation for them as well. So @Papayaya, @riverpuppy @1000 and @kyouxren thanks for the journey
Oh before I forget the
First and foremost, I have to talk about the Reorder Script. I allowed me to put Kanji first and Vocab second. This was a big help especially in the final levels, thanks to that I have roughly 400 due lessons, but I made it before my subscription runs out…
Secondly I want to really mention the Flaming Durtles App and thank @ejplugge for building it. It helped me enormously and I’m a user of the first days ;). I kind of live in a third world country … internet wise… Germany :D, where there are times, for example if you’re traveling with the train, where I was really thankful for being able to do my reviews without the need for a stable internet connection!
Here are all the scrips I used as you might see I stopped using the Self-study quiz: because my workload with the normal reviews where High enough
it looks I stopped using Jitai as well, but that’s only true for the desktop. In flaming durtles I still enjoy seeing different fonts.
Now I want to tell you something about myself because I think I never “officially” introduced myself to the community.
Hi ! My name is Toba and I’m learning Japanese I started around 2015 at university… There I learned for roughly a year, and stopped. Which was a big mistake because I went to Saga, Japan in 2017 where I could have needed all this Japanese I forgot until then, but luckily I got back into it pretty quickly. There I connected with a lot of Japanese people including my lovely girlfriend, who luckily went to Germany - on her own accord and planned before me - where we still are living together. Through this I wanted to commit a lot more to Japanese and started with Wanikani to learn and read more Japanese.
Back in Germany I stopped going to Japanese classes, but I continued to learn with the internet and especially with Tandem partners. Due to this I’m far more skilled in my spoken Japanese than I am in my Writing and reading, but these are going fine as well.
Recently my girlfriends parents visited us here in Germany and her father brought the WHOLE series of Great Teacher Onizuka, and some light novels (No Game No Life, Isekai Izakaya Nobu, Isekai shokudou) I’ll be looking forward to the day that one of those will become a topic for a book club ;). So this is something I’m working on now.
Where I'm going
Okay now I finished Wanikani, and I finished my Level 60 Post… so that what to do now?!
My goals for the moment are the JLPT N2 just to finally have something to prove my Japanese skills to anybody right now I don’t have a certificate or rather it’s A2, which is kind a low.
The second big goal is to enjoy reading and watching Japanese media more ;):
I’m really thankful for Netflix and Amazon prime, who both have a bunch of Japanese anime or shows, which you can listen to in Japanese and use Japanese subtitles. Sometimes you have to use VPN for a broader spectrum but hey that’s fine ;).
I am kind of intrigued by the immersion approach or some of their tools, so I installed Morphman and some subs2srs decks. I want to insert words from my readings sessions there as well or rather sentences.
Other than that I’m working on a big grammar deck on Anki from the “Dictionary of Japanese Grammar” and I guess this’ll help as well.
For speaking and Listening, I use an approach from Tandem but … bigger. My girlfriend is Japanese, so Every other week we JUST communicate in Japanese and the other week in German. Therefore both of us will get a whole week of Language exposure It is really helpful, if you’re in a similar situation! Use it!
Okay I poured my thoughts in here and should probably come back soon to bring it kind of in order. Here again a list of things I’m planing to do:
- Do the JLPT N2 (probably should buy Shinkanzen Master or Soumatome Series for that)
- Read a lot and probably play a lot in Japanese as well (Octopath traveler for example)
- Improve on my speaking and listening comprehension (Probably should start to work on 敬語 now I’m far to casual in my Japanese)
- work through Grammar a bit (right now with Dictionary of Japanese Grammar, but might consider Tae Kim or other stuff)
So if you have Ideas and feedback, like what could I do to improve from here on! Constructive or not, give them to me, 先輩!
And for all of you who made it through here or who just scrolled down to see the glorious cake my girlfriend prepared for me here it is! Also I want @koichi to see it!
All HAIL THE CRABBIGATOR
It was delicious and it’s called molehills cake, with chocolate cake, creme and fruit fillings!
Thanks for reading and see you around