although I “started learning Japanese” about a year and a half ago, I didn’t really learn much Japanese. Well, a year and a half ago I decided I want to learn Japanese so after some research I bought “Japanese from Zero 1” and started studying with it. At first I really liked it because it taught me Hiragana bit by bit and some grammar in each lesson. I worked through the entire book. But that took me quite some time and in the end I had the feeling of not really having learned much.
That’s when I bought Genki 1+2. I worked through the first two chapters of Genki 1 and then life hit me - I had so much to do for university, working part time, … Well, that’s how it is sometimes.
This year I joined Wanikani and have continuously studied with it since. I do my reviews twice a day and do around 5 to 10 new lessons each day. That may not be very fast, but the pace is fine with me - even if my day is very stressful I can do this much without being buried under a pile of reviews. (Level 7 right now)
Now to my question: I want to structure my future study time a bit. I’m in a phase of change at the moment (right now working on my bachelor thesis with no part-time job, but starting a new full-time job next year after finishing the thesis and likewise my studies at university [Yay!]) so I want to build my Japanese studying habits as if I already had this full-time job.
So, how much time do you dedicate to studying Japanese a day and what do you accomplish in that time? I have the feeling that I am very, very slow in my studies. I need much time to go through a lesson (be it Genki oder my recently acquired “Japanese the Manga Way”) so that I sit on it all afternoon with the feeling of not having accomplished enough.
Where does that feeling come from? Well, English is not my native language (which you probably can tell ^^’) and I think that when I learned it in school we moved on faster. This impression may be subjective because my English lessons were a long time ago.
So, how do you do it? How fast are you? What do you study when and how? How does your study routine look like?