apologies for the long post, a rambling stream of consciousness if ever there was one.
I’m in need of help, I want to restart my Japanese learning experience but I can’t see a way through the maze in front of me.
I dropped out of WK about 3 months ago after review burn out.
I’d hauled myself to level 10 in about 5 months but found the number of daily reviews a bit overwhelming.
I had the flaming durtles app on my phone, very convenient for knocking off a quick few reviews whilst killing time, but a constant reminder that I had stuff to do. I’m very much a ‘zero in-box’ person, I try to proactively tackle stuff I know I need to do.
I was focusing so much on the leeches and the stuff I couldn’t remember.
I now know that what I should have done is taken a learning vacation but instead I deleted the app and admitted defeat. I felt great relief but that was short-lived and then I felt a bit down about giving up.
I have a copy of genki I, and a subscription to bunpro. I felt I couldn’t spend time on them as WK was always waiting for more reviews to be done. Despite reading the words of wisdom, “don’t neglect your grammar and reading”, that’s pretty much exactly what I did (“I’ll just get to a particular level and then I’ll focus on that instead”).
Reasons for learning:
Recently I’ve been rekindling that feeling of ‘gee I really wish I could read Japanese’ again.
I want to be able to read Japanese for manga, anime, gaming and general digital Japanese content.
It’s a huge challenge, something good to keep my brain ticking as I head towards 50.
Also my kids are getting older and don’t need me as much. And, if I’m being honest, I don’t really have any other hobbies or friends to take up my time. I also wanted something to show for all the time in lockdown, rather than idly flicking through social media.
What is it you want?
Considering that a big motivation is to be able to read Japanese, I’ve spent precious little time doing this. I’d like to start that journey… So how’s it best to do that?
Grammar, how can I get into this? I wasn’t enjoying the genki/bunpro approach. The genki book is beautiful but it’s very much a classroom learning experience - I was skimming through to get to reading and grammar bits. Bunpro I just found I couldn’t do another SRS, it didn’t really feel like a journey either…
I feel like I want lesson/exercise/review format.
JLPT - I would like to try my N5 at some point to have something to show for my efforts
What should I do about WK? I’ve a review backlog of 1200+ items, I can recognise some kanji but probably not remember the kana… should I try to chip away at that, or bite the bullet and do a reset (nooo my precious levels that were dragged out of my brain)
I’m looking for a good balance of grammar, reading and kanji. I feel like I want to read a bit, take some grammar lessons, learn a bit of kanji… more of a leisurely stroll… I quite like being a japanese code-breaker and deciphering stuff, though it helps if the answers are available.
Started WK July 2020, purely focused on kanji, got to level 10, burnt out, stopped. Looking for guidance on how to have a more balanced and relaxed learning approach.
Is there a roadmap please ?
thanks for reading