So I am getting closer and closer to level 60(one month left) and I am already thinking about how I will finally start my REAL Japanese journey.
I will just share my future strategy here but feel free to share yours, maybe I can learn something from you(that’s the point of this post).
First, I need to give you the right context as we all have different goals. My goal is to be able to consume Japanese drama/anime/manga/video games. I don’t plan to live/work in Japan.
I am tired of SRS, textbooks, apps and everything in between and I feel like it’s time I dive deep into native material. I want to learn Japanese by consuming native material not by studying but it’s just impossible to do as a beginner. I also dedicate like an hour to Japanese per day so I can’t cover all the aspects at once if I just focus on SRS, reading or listening(one thing at a time).
So this is what I will be doing in the next 6 months-year after WaniKani:
- Download raw anime/drama(choose them based on the available transcripts).
- Get their transcripts.
- Then use that as “study” material.
Requirement: Have a JLPT N3 level(more or less). If you try this as a beginner you will hate yourself.
The workflow is the following:
- Hear a sentence(listening)
- Read the sentence from the transcript(reading)
- Analyze the sentence and translate it(grammar & vocab)
- Shadowing: reading the sentence out loud and compare it with the original performance(speaking)
- Proceed to the next sentence
- Bonus: After “processing” 10 sentences, remove the timestamps in the transcript and group them together then read everything again(as if it was some text or a paragraph).
This way not only I can have “a bit” more fun but I can also cover all the aspects of the language.
What about you? How do you plan to go from intermediate to advanced?
Are you advanced already? If so, how did you get there?
PS: I might use Torii(10k vocab) and Bunpro(until N1) here and there but they won’t be my priority like Wanikani was.