So, I haven’t really used WK in the last nine months… but I began last January with the goal of getting more comfortable reading jukugo: Heisig had left me in an awkward spot where I knew basically every kanji I saw, but not how to read it.
I feel comfortable now saying that WK has served that purpose and given me what I wanted; I’m more or less comfortably working through a few books each month – and just recently, even, I’m at a cool point where (as an anthropology student) the books I actually want to read are becoming accessible: 日本思想、人間失格、and stuff like that.
From day one the goal I set for myself was to become literate in Japanese… and now that I’m capable of reading native material without so much strain, I think literacy will come by itself a couple hundred reads down the road. So, if WK is a means to the end that is reading – and I’m reading – do I find myself at an end?
For those of y’all who have gotten further down the track than me/finished – what are your thoughts? Will I miss an unforgivable ton by dropping out of the SRS and just continuing on reading… or does the fact that I’m now reading mean that WK has served its purpose?