You guys, I made it to level 60! I thought I would post about it because 1) nobody outside of the WK cult, such as my family, understands and 2) maybe writing this post will help me reflect. So welcome to my journal entry.
I started WK last February, so in all it took me about 13 months. Every day was a bit of a grind, but Sports taught me how to stick with it, even on the days I really didn’t want to . I didn’t know it at the time, but starting WK early-on was probably my smartest decision in regards to learning Japanese.
I started learning this language not only because of many disparate Japan-related interests, but also as an end in itself. I didn’t realize until after graduating school that I crave in-depth learning. I think Japanese will be a good companion for my lifelong learning journey.
My near-term goal is to switch to reading as my main mode of learning. I remember looking at native material after just learning kana and thinking “This is impossible, I could never read this!” Now I look at native material and think “Man, I really need to work on my vocab!” It’s as if, as you go through WK, the “fog” of being unable to read Kanji slowly lifts until you just comprehend everything, which has been super fulfilling. While I think WK was invaluable for me as a fledgling learner, now I think that using Anki to make the vocab and kanji I look up during reading stick in my brain is the best path forward.
Past that, I plan on taking the JLPT N3 exam in December. Because I also want to use Japanese for work, I will need to at least pass N2, and N3 seems like a reasonable goal for now. Fortunately I’ve been studying grammar since the beginning (~1.5 years ago) starting with the From Zero! series. Now with Bunpro I’m working through the N2 grammar points. I’m hoping that reading will help reinforce what I’ve been learning.
Listening is easily my weakest skill. Maybe it’s because I’m not as into watching anime or because I prefer reading over watching youtube videos for grammar etc. I do conversation practice regularly with native speakers, but I need to find more ways to just practice listening that I enjoy.
I recommend never missing sleep to hit WK reviews. For me at least, my brain gets dumber when I’m tired Definitely not worth it.
Now I heard there was cake, but I haven’t found any. So I’m off to the grocery store to get some.