*My first participation in the forums since I started using WaniKani
Depending on your definition of studying I could say I’ve been doing it for 21 months or 1.4 years,however I’ve only been properly studying japanese for only about a year.(check materials to see what I mean)
The reason for it was probably because I always liked asian culture,history and media (movies,dramas) etc. (especially korean and japanese) and after a long time I tried out anime,from which branched off an interest into manga,music,LNs,VNs,etc… which kicked off an interest for the language because it just sounded nice.
I started with hiragana and katakana,took 6 months total (I know,who takes that long to learn it ?),proceeded with Kanji but kinda started panicking after not being able to choose the right materials,panic from which WaniKani saved me .
After that I found the motivation of turning it into a degree at a modern language uni (I was going to one either way,and tbh I don’t like my native language much).I have about 2.6 years to get better or get lost.(gotta love my odds)
Materials I used ~
Anime - HOLY,I can’t even begin to tell you how much this helped me.This is indirect studying incarnated,and what I meant by “unproper” studying.
I can see why people say you shouldn’t learn japanese from anime and I understand that,but its really more like you shouldn’t use japanese like in anime.This and that are different things,I don’t even read the translation for say, 8/10 vocab here just because I know the meaning after 100 realtime days of watching anime. - Also helps when forgetting a word and the mnemonic,you can just think of a character saying it, a scene will pop up and after that its history.
FreeJapaneseLessons.com - Best title choice ever;
Memrise - did the japanese course but slowly dropped out afterwards.Might pick up later.
Tofugu - Nice for learning stuff about Japan and more niche words like tsujigiri;
Remembering the Kanji - Didn’t work out because of no pronunciation/vocabulary;
Nihongoshark - Read some articles but haven’t been on since;
KanjiDamage - An anternative WaniKani,didn’t work for me because of corny jokes;
Some book in my language I can’t complete because I accidentally got the second volume;
Songs/osu! - same story as with anime,I can sometimes extract vocab from the context in a song I listened to.Not as reliable tough since it usually has a different meaning in songs;
Native language - Even tough I don’t like it that much,it did help me because it has no accent,really to japanese.Helps with and talking;
Anki - tried it out when I started learning Kanji on my own but didn’t work,picked it up again after WaniKani so I could pre-study before reviews;
KaniWani - Use it every now and then but the lack of distinction between most vocab (ex. round and round,丸い and 円い) keeps me from using it more often.
Very rarely JP Twitter - Trying to understand game/anime announcements but fail horribly at it.