I did WaniKani consistently for the first year of living in Japan. And I thought it was THE way to learn Japanese. “Screw studying grammar!” I said. I’ve never learned a second language before and was very sadly overly optimistic about the possibility of learning through osmosis. I mean, I studied grammar some. So I got to level 25 of Wani and decided to take the JLPT N4 (a year and a half ago). Of course I aced the kanji section. But TANKED the grammar/reading/listening parts.
Reality check/Pity party. I know, I know, how foolish and immature of me. So for 6 months… I lost my mojo and quit studying entirely. Then I decided to go to language school, 5 days a week 3 hours a day (since this May). So far it’s mostly been review, but I have to admit the only reason I am able to ace everything is because of… WaniKani.
So now, reality check in hand, I have come back to serve the crabigator, hopefully faithfully, till the end. This time with a handful of other study habits going at the same time. But I don’t have the obsessive momentum I used to have, and I need to get it back.
I am not buried under reviews, and I reset to level 21, which was a good choice.
But by all means, please regale me with stories of your success and your joy as a slave to the Crabigator. I need all the motivation I can get!