Japanese in one year?! - Not your usual study log

Alright, since I’ve just hit level 4, I thought this might be a good time to update this log.

“The Prologue” or “Just a bunch of annoying stuff”

But, before I begin, I advise you to read this small warning:

Small warning


Oh, and perhaps you should also read the text that goes with it:


This post might contain some words, phrases or smilies that make you go brrrrrr. If you are a person that goes brrrrr very easily, you might consider leaving this thread before you go brrrr. Also, if you often get offended by tomatoes, you should leave as well, because they’re my favorite vegetables.

Also, I don’t mean everything I say because there are some persons that are actually allergic to cats (shame on them). If you are one of these persons and still want to talk to a cat, talk to @trunklayer, he’s the nicest cat I have ever met!

Ok, so now that’s out of the way, I’ll have to discuss another thing with you. Today I’m really annoying, huh?

A few days ago I realized that my log is more like a blog. This made me think if I should change the name. So which name do you think should I use for the name of the thread?

  • study log
  • study blog
0 voters

Alright, now let’s move on to the actual topic of this post before you get too bored to read any further and just go away to watch some cat videos instead of doing your reviews.

“The Body” or “Just a bunch of annoying stuff”

So, what happened it the last 5 days? I hit level 4, and that’s pretty much everything…

Just kidding, of course I did some more. I ate and drank and slept and… well, you know where this is going.

Ok, now to be serious, I did actually do more! AMAZING, isn’t it?
What did I do? Why did I do it? Who did it? So many questions, right? So, let’s start at the beginning:

About 1 week ago, I realized that it’s impossible to check all the Vocabulary that are not Apprentice at any point by using only WaniKani. After doing some research, I found out that there exists the Self-Study Quiz by @rfindley that makes it possible to do exactly that. So I just downloaded it and started practicing, right?

Wrong! I was too lazy to install the user-script because there wasn’t a download button that instantly downloads the program. I began to use user-sripts when I finally set everything up a few days ago while I was trying to download the bottled WaniMeKani. Yes, you heard me right, I didn’t start using userscripts for learning Japanese, I originally started using them for WaniMeKani.

One way or another, I finally was able to use userscripts, and thus, the first thing I did (after installing WaniMeKani in a bottle, of course) was installing the Self-Study Quiz. I actually managed to get a decent 95% on the first day and a very noice 98% yesterday, so good job, WaniKani, I approve the SRS system :+1:

Alright, did anything else exciting happen? Yes, namely this: Never gonna give you up, never gonna let you down, never gonna run around and desert you!

More? Yes: I downloaded the heatmap and some weird percentage stuff, and the heatmap looks sooooo coooooooool :heart_eyes:

And this: I discovered WKStats!

So, in short, I got a lot of new and cool looking stuff, and if you have any other user-scripts that you recommend, feel free to share them with me!

Let’s continue with the actual topic:
Thanks to the help of @Leebo, I was able to write my first ever Japanese sentence! It’s this one:


If you don’t have a single idea what this means, you should go do you lessons RIGHT NOW!

Last, but not least, I built myself a schedule for how to conquer WaniKani lessons and review:

I usually wake up at 6:00 A.M. and go to sleep at around 10:00 P.M., giving me 16 hours every day. Based on the review times, I decided that I’ll proceed like this:
I unlocked level 4 at 6:00 P.M. and instantly did the Radical lessons using the lesson picker, a nice tool that does what it says, even though it doesn’t speak. This way, I’ll have my first reviews at excatly 10:00 P.M., and since radical reviews usually shouldn’t take too long, I think I can quickly do that before going to sleep. The next reviews will be at 6:00 A.M. next day, but I’ll do them at 7:00 A.M. because I don’t sleep next to my laptop. The next reviews will then be next day at 6:00 A.M., but again, I’ll do them at 7:00 A.M. Then, the last radical reviews are two days later at 6:00 A.M. again (yes, the timespan between Apprentice 4 and Guru 1 is exactly 47 hours, but again, I’ll be doing them at 7:00 A.M.

Now, when I unlock a new level, I don’t unlock only the radicals, but also the kanji I know the radicals for and the vocabulary I know the kanji for. As I said, I use the lesson picker to assure that I can do the radicals first, and while I guru the radicals, I’ll slowly do the lessons for the other stuff I unlock, too, which means by the time I unlock the kanjis, I’ll already have done some kanji (and vocabulary lessons).

Anyway, if everything goes like I plan it, I’ll then unlock the kanji lessons. I’ll plan to do them instantly, as it shouldn’t be too much since I’ve already did a part of them while I dealt with the radicals. The first reviews should then be at 11:00 A.M., the next ones at 7:00 P.M., then we’ll have 6:00 P.M. next day and then 5:00 P.M. two days later, along with unlocking the next level. For the first 3 reviews of the kanjis, I’ll do them instantly, and then I’ll do the last one one hour later, at 6:00 P.M. because this way, I set up the cycle for the exact same process, as I can do the radical lessons at 6:00 P.M.

Isn’t it genius? This way, I’ll be able to level up every Saturday at 6:00 P.M. Of course, I’ll have to be careful how I do the vocabulary lessons such that they don’t end up at 10:00 P.M., together with my radicals, but besides that, I think this is pretty efficient. I’ll have to be able to keep that routine and repeat it consistently, otherwise I will be screwed in my “one year to Japanese”-challenge…

“My goals” or “Just a bunch of annoying stuff”

So, what will I try to do next? Well, I decided that I’ll starting making myself familiar with Japanese grammar, as I haven’t done it yet (because I’m a lazy 牛). Also, I wanna try to hit level 5 on Chrismas, and who knows, I might give you an update there on how things went so far. Who konws, life is full of surprises :eyes:

Regarding grammar, if anyone of you has any advice for me on how to start learning it, I’d be very thankful! I have no idea where to start because it’s just so much :sweat_smile:

I also decided that I will go through all 1000+ question in the Self-Study Quiz to see where I am right now. This includes Japanese —> English, English —> Japanese and the audio quiz. I think if I get above 90%, I’m good to go.

“The Outro” or “Just a bunch of annoying stuff”

Let’s finish this post with something more interesting. First of all, @plantron said this:

In my first post, I said this:

So, @plantron, I guess we two have a problem now, eh? @latepatate this is your fault for not being dominant enough here!

Then, I have to make a very emotional speech as well. Since I don’t want to to cry, I’ll give you the chance to not look at what I have written by hiding it. If you are a person that cries very easily, please do not click, might might cause serious injuries to your mental health or body.

Very emotional speech

Very emotional speech

Very emotional times :cry:

So, if you liked this post as well, then consider smashing the like button and… oh wait, that’s not a YouTube video…

Let me try again…

If you liked this post, I’d be happy about some positive feedback. (Negative feedback is not appreciated because I need an ego boost)

And, to finish this post, here’s an FTQ (Frequently thought questions):

Why are your posts so long?

Because my life is very exciting.

How are you so beautiful?

By looking in a mirror 24/7 saying “I am the most beautiful being in the world”.

Stop getting on my nerves!

Stop reading my posts and start reading the warnings.

I wish you a nice Chrismas season, and stay happy (or else you’ll not be happy, and that would be a shame since Chrismas is next week and I still need some money to buy some gifts)!