Ken’s Study Log

I love writing and community and I want to feel more engaged with the continuity of my study so I’m going to have a go at a study log! If this is the wrong category to post someone please let me know!

My mantra for this study log is my favorite phrase in 日本語, 強くなりたい!

The key to sustaining this log will be celebrating my successes and recognizing that the discipline cycle is action → reward → motivation.
You can’t be sure motivation will always be there to bring you to action! But if you take action and reward yourself, you can be assured that this in itself will be self-motivating!

Study Log Inspo’s:
Fray’s Study Log
and
ChristopherFritz’s Study Log

My Goals I’m working on now:

  • Being able to repeat Blue Period episode 1 by memory for speaking and listening practice!
    (Watched 20 times so far)
  • Pocket Monsters Vol. 1 memorized to force looking up conjunction words and grammar!
    (On page 4)
  • Level 5 WaniKani for Kanji!
    (16/36 Kanji down)
September
Week 3
Week 4
October
Week 1
Week 2
Week 3
Week 4
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Never underestimate marginal gains! Being in school and doing an internship at the same time is busy but we are always busy. Happy people are those who are focused and work hard. Don’t make excuses. Find a way! I’m going to take my reviews more seriously now. I always get scattered when I find some new avenue to work Japanese into my daily life. It’s important to have variety so you don’t get bored, but you’ll never make any progress if you are always jumping around.

Blue Period shadowing today: 15 mins
Wanikani reviews today: 162 → 139

I’m thinking of recording my shadowing sessions with Audacity and posting them on Soundcloud so I can see my improvements! The only problem there is for the poor passerby who stumbles upon my SoundCloud and hears my terrible pronunciation :rofl: For now that is! :grin:

I hope everyone reading this is doing well. 頑張って下さい。皆さん!

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I like your enthusiasm and positive mindset! It is quite difficult (especially in the beginning) to build up the discipline to keep at something like learning another language, but I’m sure you can do it. I think shadowing the same piece of material can be good to notice various grammar patterns / vocab usage too.
If you keep up kanji study with something like Wanikani, it truly makes a difference in your reading and overall comprehension too. 頑張って!

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ありがとうございます! @AngelicRuin
めっちゃ嬉しい。Your words are powerful! :smile:
Level 47 is awesome. I’m sure you will be able to watch anime without subtitles easily with your dedication, if you haven’t been there already!

Everyday is different. It’s not always so important how we feel. What’s important is that we show up.

Wanikani reviews today: 139 → 82

今日は日、皆さん、For some of us, if we have a lot going on, the start of a new week can be scary!

Tonight when you prepare for the day tomorrow, instead of saying :
“What if I don’t get enough sleep?”
or
“What if I’m not as productive as I need to be tomorrow and don’t have time to study Japanese?”

Ask yourself:
“What if I wake up feeling completely refreshed tomorrow?”
or
“What if I have an amazing day tomorrow and stay focused enough to meet all of my goals?”

Tomorrow I will continue to stay on top of my reviews!

Wanikani reviews today: 119 → 65

I’m starting to realize how important Wanikani is to get benefits in all of my other studies.

I blazed through my reviews today when I normally take a long time to get through them.

What do you guys think about trying to do reviews quickly? Bad or good? Honestly, I’ve never tried to do them as fast as possible but I think it was quite fun and helped me to see some weak spots!

The end of the month quarter is near, as well as the end of the quarter!

I might change them over the next 4 days but I’m thinking:

4th Quarter Goals

  • Half of Blue Period Memorized

    • For this I will continue to mix in shadowing while watching and studying my Anki deck created with the yomichan add-on, Anki-connect, and Language Reactor.
    • How: 7 minute portion of the show shadowed and memorized every month.
    • Check in Month 1:
    • Check in Month 2:
    • Check in Month 3:
  • 30 pages of Pocket Monsters Vol. 1 memorized

    • For this I will continue to look-up kanji and grammar points. Right now all the words I look up in the manga are on my Japanese dictionary on my phone. The app does allow me to put them all into an SRS deck, which I have been doing, but I’m still not sure of the best way to write down and revise grammar points. I will come back to this.
    • How: 10 pages memorized every month.
    • Check in Month 1:
    • Check in Month 2:
    • Check in Month 3:
  • Level 7 Wanikani

    • I am currently at level 4. This would be 1 level every month starting in October. I will have to take my reviews more seriously but I think it’s time to start picking up my studies. I know for sure now that I 100% want to be able to read and speak Japanese. I want to make it a part of who I am. I am committed now. No doubt about it!
    • How: 1 level every month.
    • Check in Month 1:
    • Check in Month 2:
    • Check in Month 3:

Wanikani reviews today:
110 → 93

Every review counts!

I’m starting to really get back into my reviews :smiley:
It’s important to reward yourself, but don’t make too big of a deal out of it!
When studying a language, we want consistent and steady motivation.
We should try to train our brains under this reward schedule, so if you make a huge deal out of studying for 20 minutes because you generally felt well that day, you might confused your brain!
Stay strong! Stay consistent with small rewards and moments of gratefulness for your study time each day everyone!

Wanikani Reviews:
96 → 52
Wanikani Lessons:
3 → 0
Blue Period Shadowing:
5 minutes

かいぜん。Continuous improvement. Keep your system simple, that way you can keep improving it until you are extremely comfortable with it, then start to add in a little more!

Wanikani Reviews:
95 → 7 :grin:
Blue period Shadowing:
5 minutes

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We’re going strong! For the first time in months I’m completely caught up on my Wanikani reviews and lessons! :partying_face: Tomorrow starts the new quarter so I’m getting ahead on my goals!

Wanikani this week:
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Wanikani today:
Reviews 95 → 0
Lessons 4 → 0

Blue Period Shadowing this week:
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Blue Period Shadowing today:
n/a

Pocket Monsters Vol. 1 this week:
n/a
Pocket Monsters Vol. 1 today:
n/a

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Another day of crushing reviews ladies and gentleman! :scream_cat:
I also started a fun little side project which I’m not tracking here, I am writing a sentence everyday to make a short story using Godan verbs, with my group of friends on discord as the characters! It’s been pretty fun so far and one original sentence a day in Japanese is totally doable!

Wanikani this week:
Reviews 95 → 152
Lessons 4 → 4
Wanikani today:
Reviews 57 → 0
Lessons 0 → 0

Blue Period Shadowing this week:
Minutes spent shadowing 0 → 0
Blue Period Shadowing today:
Minutes spent shadowing 0 → 0

Pocket Monsters Vol. 1 this week:
n/a
Pocket Monsters Vol. 1 today:
Amount of times Flashcard Deck Studied 0 → 1
New words added to Flashcard Deck 0 → 16

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頑張って! :bowing_man:

Wanikani this week:
Reviews 152 → 208
Lessons 4 → 15
Wanikani today:
Reviews 56 → 0
Lessons 11 → 0

Blue Period Shadowing this week:
Minutes spent shadowing 0 → 0
Blue Period Shadowing today:
Minutes spent shadowing 0 → 0

Pocket Monsters Vol. 1 this week:
n/a
Pocket Monsters Vol. 1 today:
Amount of times Flashcard Deck Studied 0 → 1
New words added to Flashcard Deck 0 → 16

皆さん, ハッピー月曜日!
Practice is going really good! I feel like I got a better understanding of the に particle today.
Writing sentences and asking questions is causing growth! Don’t underestimate a sentence everyday!

Wanikani this week:
Reviews 208 → 290
Lessons 15 → 19
Wanikani today:
Reviews 82 → 0
Lessons 4 → 0

Blue Period Shadowing this week:
Minutes spent shadowing 0 → 5
Blue Period Shadowing today:
Minutes spent shadowing 0 → 5

Pocket Monsters Vol. 1 this week:
Amount of times Flashcard Deck Studied 0 → 1
New words added to Flashcard Deck 0 → 16
Pocket Monsters Vol. 1 today:
Amount of times Flashcard Deck Studied 0 → 0
New words added to Flashcard Deck 0 → 0

Wanikani this week:
Reviews 290 → 340
Lessons 19 → 24
Wanikani today:
Reviews 50 → 0
Lessons 5 → 0

Blue Period Shadowing this week:
Minutes spent shadowing 5 → 10
Blue Period Shadowing today:
Minutes spent shadowing 0 → 5

Pocket Monsters Vol. 1 this week:
Amount of times Flashcard Deck Studied 1 → 1
New words added to Flashcard Deck 16 → 16
Pocket Monsters Vol. 1 today:
Amount of times Flashcard Deck Studied 0 → 0
New words added to Flashcard Deck 0 → 0