WaniKani is an effective study tool. WaniKani is great for remembering over 2,000 Kanji, and SRS works well for it that you can eventually burn meanings and readings.
The issue I’m dealing with right now is this: I bought the lifetime membership in December 2020. My studying is slow because of work, and now education, so I wasn’t expecting to get far. I’m fine with that.
But lately I’ve been looking into improving my workflow, and I find that if you’re looking to using vocabulary straight away, it’s terrible. A lot of vocabulary I’m learning is useless. Some of the people I talk to recommend learning enough Japanese to reach “conversational level”. I interpret that as learning the kanji and vocabulary needed to engage in conversations. I was told that at level 5 I would begin to see words like that, but look at the words I’ve been learning up until level 6, and then look at ALL the English words in this post alone you’re reading.
How many of these vocabulary words am I NOT using? Most of them.
This is not a complaint. It is a criticism, but what I’m really saying is I’m having trouble finding out how to be more efficient. I saw a video by Actar Raikit from 2 months ago and it showed him with his N1 scores as he spoke fluent Japanese in the video. But he said that it took him TEN YEARS.
I’m studying the language but I’m not using it. And the entire WaniKani community has too much English being seen and spoken. Most of the Japanese only threads are locked.
It makes me think. It does not matter if I’m okay with it or not, because it’s a fact.
It’s going to take me 10 years too.
Almost forgot, one of Actar Raikit’s tips is that watching Slice of Life anime is helpful. I’m going to watch Flying Witch soon. I thought ShiroBako! was great, but I’m going to sentence mine an anime with less episodes.