Curious to get feedback from others on my progress/plan. For context I’m an older learner (36) with a full time job and a partner, I can realistically commit 1.5 hours a day consistently to learning Japanese.
I’ve been noticing Wanikani has been slowly getting more and more difficult as I just can’t get my brain to remember all of the words, all of the mnemonics. I so often have a vague idea of what a word means or know what the two kanjis are but then forget the readings. Also, I had been studying Japanese for two years before doing WK so likely a lot of the kanjis/words in the first 10 levels I had already seen.
I recently decided to switch from having 100 apprentice items to only 50 apprentice items because I was spending two hours a day on WK and I was dreading doing all of the reviews and was feeling it wasn’t sustainable. This means that level 23 took me almost a month (instead of about 7-10 days) and level 24 is likely going to take me even longer as I keep bringing down guru’d items back to apprentice. Even with the slower pace, I’m still finding that on average I’m scoring about 80% at the end of a lesson instead of closer to 90% which I’d prefer. I find it particularly frustrating that I’m still struggling to get a “good” performance (85%+, ideal target is 90%) even after slowing my pace!
Is this pretty common to just hit a wall with WK? Because I feel quite frustrated, and while I won’t give up since I’m convinced that WK is still the best way for me to use SRS (since it gives SO MUCH for free in terms of story, full searchability, plugins, etc.) and that if I keep grinding at it eventually it will consolidate.
And on a related topic, my plan is overall to focus more on reading more than anything else in the midterm. I’m in two absolute beginner book clubs, I’ve bought all of Yotsuba to start reading, and I just noticed a few weeks ago that I finally feel ready to tackle easier Satori Reader articles. There’s a lot of people who say to learn just enough grammar (my goal is to do all of bunpro N4 by the end of the year). Part of my hope is that just by reading a lot I’ll be exposed to some of the WK words/kanjis which is going to help. Also, in the long run reading is more fun than just grinding SRS. I’ve read that some people make the switch to lessen WK and do more reading around level 30, is this generally seen as a good idea?