I moved to Japan few months ago. At my workplace I can hear a lot of Japanese but people generically interact in English with me. I have been studying Japanese not very regularly in the past before summer 2019 so when I arrived to Japan, late September 2019, the only things I could do was to read and write Hiragana and Katakana. Starting from this new year I will continue studying Japanese and I would like to set JLPT exam as goal.
Here a list of the tools I am using for approching Japanese studying:
-Japanese the Manga Way: it’s a grammar book that presents a lot of examples through famous manga scene. The author is Wayne P. Lammers. (Does anyone know it?)
-Wanikani: I have just subscribed for lifetime use. What level shall I reach for attempting JLPT 4?
-Wanikani community for reading club: I am following the beginner level reading group. However I feel it’s very diffucult for me and I actually can’t proceed with their pace. I just reand and translate few rows every couple of day…
-Japanese classes hold by Japanese volunteers in the city where Ilive (close to Nagoya): we have these classes every sunday exept for particular cases like holidays and so on. There I receive some material for studying and I can ask questions about anything. I have a teacher for 1.5h just for me. I usually ask about generic examples, help for interpreting book club readings and example to better understand grammar I have studied in the above mentioned grammar book.
-Friends and co-worker talks: I just random words and example, but I can not say almost anything so far. So, generically we speak english and often I just listen to them speaking Japanese.
-Wriiting kanji: I write on a workbook specifically designed for practicing kanji writings and strokes most of the Kanji I receive in my wanikani classes.
Do you think is possible to be able to try JLPT N 4 next July by using the the above mentioend tools and dedicating about 1 hour of study every two days? I study more 2 hours both saturdays and sundays.
Do you have any other suggestion for approaching JLPT N4 exam preparation? Would you invest the study time in a different way?
Thank you for your opinions!