After one year of being on WK I decided that the time has come: study log it be.
Self-introduction: I’m a 27 y.o. Russian and Japanese will be my 3rd language. I also had an experience of learning French back in school and German when I was in university, but I didn’t continue to practice them because I didn’t feel the need to, so eventually they fell off from my list. I learn Japanese primarily with a goal to move to Japan, but also to use it in my hobby activities, such as reading books and playing video games.
WK history: Now some of you are probably looking at my shiny level 1 being like “1 year on WK…?” I originally started on WaniKani in 2020, July and reached level 22 by 2021, April. My time on the website was mostly productive despite some missed days, with the exception of a very hectic December where I had too much work to dedicate some time to do reviews and April, where I got some financial struggles so I had to stop using WK for a while, because… well, I couldn’t afford even monthly sub at that moment, let alone any other option. As they say: things happen.
Now I’m back and, just as many others before me, decided that I’ll just reset the progress and start from scratch, because in retrospective I feel like I forgot a lot of kanji and words I encountered during those 9 months I was active. Plus I wouldn’t be able to finish the climbing up challenge I participate in on time anyway so… might as well take my time.
Study materials: Along with WaniKani I’m also attending to online classes (which I started in June) and am currently going through N5 (which, in all honestly, I mainly knew prior the course, but I didn’t feel confident enough to go straight for N4).
For reading I’m using Beelinguapp - it’s not perfect, but I still like it. I will likely eventually move to services like GoodReads or something similar.
Read every day challenge - Fall/Autumn 2021 - I have a tendency to procrastinate a bit, so this one is to help me with developing a habit to read every day rather than thinking that I should read without actually reading.
Let’s climb Tokyo Skytree - level 60 in spring 2022 - as I mentioned above, I won’t be able to reach level 60 on time, but I joined the challenge back in August of 2020, I think, and I don’t want to fall out, even if I can’t reach the ultimate goal. I’ll just go as far as I can.
大海原と大海原 ・Wadanohara and the Great Blue Sea (Absolute Beginners Book Club Starting in September) - after a bit of a thought I decided that beelinguapp isn’t very productive for me (for Japanese, at least). It doesn’t have an option to turn on furigana, doesn’t have good internal vocabulary, doesn’t show readings for words even when you’re opening additional info about them. That said, Beginner Book Club seems like a better option. I will probably still use Beelinguapp, just not for Japanese.