(First of all, I’m sorry if I’m already doing this completely wrong! This is the first time I ever posted anything on here and I’m not used to how these kind of things work lmao.)
Anyway, I just wanted to see if I could get some feedback regarding my method for learning Japanese. So right now I am focusing on just trying to accumulate a decent amount of vocabulary. I don’t know if this is really the best idea as I’m very aware of how learning vocab from context (i.e while consuming native content) is the most efficient way to actual learn and/or remember the words. Yet, as during the last month or two while I’ve been doing just that, I’ve noticed that the vocab just doesn’t seem to stick? Even when I record a new word from something I’m watching, I typically put it in a quick flashcard site like Quizlet or Memrise for easy review (Don’t judge me I just completely don’t understand how to use Anki…). But no matter how much I review my vocabulary hasn’t been improving at all. I’ve gotten so sick and tired of trying to watch native content and having to pause every second so that I can record the new words. It just doesn’t feel like its working, so I’m changing my method. --> I am now going to learn at least 3,000 vocab words. The purpose of this is so that when I do start emerging myself with native Japanese content again, I won’t have to worry about picking up vocabulary as much as understanding how Japanese is actually spoken. Basically, I just want to be able to focus entirely on things such as sentence structure, grammar, vocab usage, tone, etc.
Is this still a good idea though? I just have seen many people really passionate about how important context is to acquiring vocab. It’s important to note that I don’t think I’m going to be learning completely out of context though (I’m going to be using numerous example sentences w/ native audio for each and every word! I’m aiming for not just 1 or 2 examples, but as many as possible!!) I’m just really tired of my small vocabulary getting in the way of other things that I really want to focus on…
So what do you guys think?