If I get this remote job I’m interviewing for this week, I’m gonna try and save up to go vacation in Japan for about three weeks by end of April / beginning of May.
I’m only level 3 on wanikani and been trying to learn more basics with the Genki book as well as grammar with Tae Kim’s guide. This is on top of taking two hard math classes at University at the moment, which take a good chunk of my time (they’re senior level, theoretical and heavily proof-based). Plus with the job, I can expect to spend anywhere from 10-20hrs a week working from home.
I want to be able to at least speak the language somewhat by the time I go there - enough to ask for directions, like where is the bathroom, order food, check in at hotels, etc. I know realistically I won’t be able to read much kanji, but I know hiragana and katakana fairly well, albeit being a slow reader, so I can rely on furigana when it comes down to it.
I also plan on paying for wanikani monthly so I can keep doing the lessons.
How much Japanese do you guys think I can expect to realistically know in about two months?