This message is rather long, I’ve also made a short version of it at the end.
Basically, I’ve been getting into Japanese for real for a few months now. I was lucky enough to discover Cure Dolly’s channel which made all of it so much easier. Currently, I know some basic+ vocabulary, but I’ve been thinking that there is still a lot of core vocab I could learn so that it would indeed help me in my journey. My understanding of structure/grammar is very good (thanks to Cure Dolly’s videos). I have started some immersion via anime and that’s from where I started to gain vocabulary with Organic approach (adding to Anki the words I encountered in anime).
Now here’s the thing, I’m not going to be able to continue studying japanese.
Or, basically nothing more than 5min of Anki everyday for about a year, then 2 months were I will be able to go back into it more. Then another year where I won’t be able to spend any time on it besides some Anki. And then I should be saved and have more free time to fully learn the language I think.
(the reason for this is school. And not just highschool but some highly intensive class over 2 years that doesn’t really allow you to spend too much time on other stuff. Basically 2 years of intense preparation with the goal to join the hardest-to-join school with exams at the end…)
In the past, I’ve been thinking that both premade Anki decks such as core 2k/6k and RTK were not ideal and so I didn’t do them. Now I kinda changed my mind (partially with that video Why "Remembering the Kanji" is The Best Way to Learn Kanji - YouTube) and with my situation, I think I want to do those decks. Although I’m still a bit confused about whether I really should do it or not, although having just some help from core2k doesn’t look too bad for when it’s really just the beggining, it might be better to pick up kanji from immersion but for the situation I’m in…
My idea of a strategy is :
- do 2/3 cards of core2k deck a day
-do 2 cards of RRTK a day.
This might not seem a lot, but over 300 days it adds up(perhaps I could make it so that I could learn the 1,000 most common using the RRTK deck). As I said, I probably won’t be able to do real immersion for like a year (although I’ll have some 2weeks ‘break’ here and there, but can’t guarantee I would have many opportunities…).
Know people who do like nothing but RTK for 3 months to learn all kanji then start other stuff ? That’s kinda the idea here in a way, except I already started and I would spread my learning over a year. So I would continue to slowly get some more vocab (that deck looks really good Japanese Core 2000 2k - Sorted w/ Audio - AnkiWeb). The example sentences look good as it doesn’t make it rote memorisation too much in the end, it “kinda” acts as getting some input in a way. I would also try to say the word out loud if I can to somewhat practice at least some audio recognition (as well as listening to the example sentence).
So I’m writing stuff here for a few reasons, to ask what you think :
- What do you think of such a strategy ? Any way to make it better, or why you’d think it’s bad ?
- Do you have apps/ideas to make sure I do stick all of that to memory correctly enough ? Do you have ‘kanji quiz’ apps ? (I will be pausing my japanese, but the reason I’d like to do all that as a compromise is to get a headstart when I eventually get back to it. But until then, I would like to make sure I do keep a good portion of it (vocab+kanji). I won’t be able to keep it with me as much as if i would be immersing, but I won’t really be able to do that. Just doing my Anki right should keep it normally though, or like 90% of it according to Anki, but I could get some time to do some ‘kanji quiz’ test to keep my RTK kanji and keywords into place as well if that’s useful. That’s a sidebonus though)
- Should I switch to learn RTK’s primitives and do RRTK with it ? Or should I finish learning full WK radicals, and apply them onto the RRTK deck ?
[Currently I feel like my idea is pretty good (I would change opinion if you explained to me why it sucked obviously though, that’s why I’m asking), however I have an issue regarding RTK. I’m using kanji components from WaniKani to learn my kanji atm, so what I know is WK’s radical system. I only know them up to level 10, but I know nothing about RTK’s radicals/primitives. Some are the same, but I could have to relearn a lot. I’ve seen this post that compares RTK vs RTK radicals Is There Any List Out There Comparing Wanikani Radical Names to RTK Primitive Names? - #7 by Belthazar Also I don’t think I need the RTK book and I would be using this RRTK deck https://www.reddit.com/r/MassImmersionApproach/comments/g7ksqd/mia_completely_recreated_the_rrtk_deck/ and using RTK system would allow me to sometimes use Kanji koohi’s mnemoncis as well if necessary maybe]
IF YOU DON’T FEEL LIKE YOU WANT TO READ IT ALL, HERE’S A SHORT VERSION:
I have about 20 days before the day I won’t be able to put active study and will need to pause my Japanese learning for a year. The plan I’m thinking about now is : learn the rest of WK radicals right now so that I’m set up. For the next 300 days, learn 2 words from core2k a day, learn 2 words from RRTK a day using WK radicals (or learn radicals again from the beggining doing RRTK?).
Since I will be pausing japanese for a year, my compromise is to try to have gone a bit further by the time I come back. The idea for that would be to have learned 1,000 most common kanji and some more core vocab, so that when I go back into immersion I will have a strong basis, be less confused in immersion by knowing more words, and will learn new words more easily being familiar with kanji.
What do you think ?