I finished chapter one of Minna no Nihongo! In some ways, I’d have benefited from waiting a few WK levels to start, because the vast majority of the kanji in the first lesson’s vocabulary are level 10 or less, and I had to devote some extra time to studying the level 7-10 kanji at the beginning in order to learn them, but it was still a fairly smooth process. I think I really like the method of pre-learning the vocabulary, then trying to read the text afterward. It makes for an easier reading experience, and it means I can focus on the grammar without getting too overwhelmed by new vocabulary and new grammar at the same time.
I’m really proud of myself for being able to read all of the lesson material and do all of the exercises without having to consult the translation text at all! That felt really cool. I’m very grateful for Japanese Ammo with Misa for teaching me basic Japanese grammar that has apparently managed to stick so far.
I still have some workbook exercises to try, and I want to take some physical notes on the grammar points before I move on to the next lesson, but I’m fine with taking it slow. I’ve learned that trying to write Japanese by hand is very hard and slow if you’re a beginner! Though I suppose that just like reading, writing will get faster with practice, too.