First post! Recently, trying to learn Japanese is the only exposure I’ve had to language learning.
I just reached level 2 a few days ago. And, for me, the introduction of vocabulary words and multiple readings has seriously ramped up the difficulty of WaniKani.
With the level 1 radicals and kanji I was able to quickly read through the lessons, and the information would stick with me well enough for me to complete the reviews with very little mistakes. However, that has not been the case with vocabulary words. And, over the course of my last reviews, over half of the things I have been trying to learn have ended up in critical condition. (I’m not quite what that means yet, but it sounds kinda bad.)
I’ve been trying to model my pace through the lessons based on what I’ve read in these forums. It seems like a lot of people are suggesting that I do around 15-20 lessons a day. And, this might make me sound really dumb, but I’ve been honestly struggling to commit 1/4 of that (25 vocab words) to memory. Has anyone else had this sort of problem before, when first starting out?
I’m starting to think that I might need some extra reinforcement practice between the lessons and starting apprentice reviews. Is that sort of thing normal?
Anyway, I was mainly hoping to query everyone for suggestions on how to make things stick better when first learning them. I feel like reviewing the items right before the review is a bad idea. And, I know that flash card decks for anki exist, but I’m also totally new to WaniKani’s Spaced Repetition System (SRS), and I want to avoid studying in a way to undermines it.
Does anyone have any suggestions? Or, efficient study techniques that might be helpful for an inexperienced noob like me.