Me?!?! Reading and understanding things?!?! Really?
Last night, I read through a doujinshi I bought a few years ago. When I first got it, I could read kana and pick out some kanji (except…those readings were wrong because I understood nothing about onyomi and kunyomi, whoops! ). Thus, with such limited knowledge, I had very little idea about what was being said in the story. lol
However, when I looked at the same dj again last night, I can safely say that I understood about 90% of the dialog without looking anything up. Guys, I literally cannot even explain how utterly thrilled I am. Like…I’m just so so so happy because this website has absolutely kicked my ass into not only learning Kanji but it made me want to study grammar. And I’m doing that and things are actually making sense!!
My current level is still too low to comfortably read anything, but I decided I’m gonna try to get through some of a book I have on my favorite historical figure. Little by little, I’m working through it with what I know from here plus the support of Kanji Learner’s Dictionary. Things…are actually making sense. I’m thinking back on how I would try to look things up in the past before I started all this. I could barely figure out anything, so I’d feel demotivated and just give up. I would never understand it and I could never learn Japanese, so why should I bother? And it was true. My previous methods were cumbersome and didn’t fit my learning style.
Sorry for the long gushing post but I’m just so happy right now to actually see and feel progress with something that’d seemed impossible for so long. I’ve been trying to learn Japanese for a long time in many different ways and nothing ever stuck. Until now. It’s all Wanikani’s fault and I love the crabigator for it. <3 I’m so hype to keep learning more and more~