From the title, you can probably guess what this is going to be about.
As of this moment, I’m sitting on a comfy pile of 948 reviews, 107 lessons, and being on level 38 for probably 2 months.
Before I give the obligatory “excuses” I want to make it clear that nothing prevented me from completing my reviews and lessons, things just demotivated me to the point where I just lost the energy to do things that made me happy. My life became so focused around other issues that I lost the energy to review for Japanese (because sometimes, reviewing Japanese can be demotivating when you feel like you’re not getting a concept, you always fall for the same leech, etc.)
It used to be that reviewing for Japanese was part of my schedule, not always “fun” but not chore-like or a reluctant task, and I was learning outside of my usual study (University Japanese classes, WaniKani Review). I really want to get back to a place where I find learning Japanese fun, or do-able again and have a shift in attitude.
Here’s what I’ve tried or what I am doing so far:
Watching more anime with Japanese dub (Evangelion, anyone?)
Talking to people on HelloTalk
Buying Japanese novels and just going through trying to understand (with the knowledge that I won’t know everything)
Trying to do at least 100 reviews a day (hit and miss on this one)
I’m not particularly interested in resetting, because as I go through my reviews I find that the ones I get wrong are my leeches, or things that I rushed to learn. I find that I end review sessions between 70% and 80% correct, so I don’t want to let go of my level just yet. What I really want is to change my attitude.
I would love to hear from you guys if you’ve been in the same spot as me. What things did you do to get re-motivated? How did you re-spark your love for learning Japanese? Any good TedTalks?
Thanks for your time.