I’ll have to look into this in a couple years when travel to California becomes a feasible option again… my partner, eldest kid, and I actually happened to drive by one of those testing locations (a Japanese immersion pre- and elementary school) when we were visiting my college friend nearby! Nothing remotely closeish to our home, I’m afraid, however.
Agreed. I’m still struggling with how to reliably review the general vocab words I come across on a daily basis (constantly looking things up for my kids… plus the words that my italki tutors introduce or help me express many times a week) that doesn’t rely on Anki. I’m currently terrible about doing any review there…
I should level up tomorrow again (unless something goes terribly wrong with these final kanji reviews…), and also hoping for my first Master items (a bunch of guru 2 coming at me this weekend). I feel like WK is definitely finding its place in my daily routine and becoming a habit at this point now that I’m a few weeks in.
Tobira texbook study
I just finished completely restudying the first chapter of Tobira today. I’ll be aiming to do a chapter every 16 days as I will study one grammar point per day every day without fail, and then do the readings/dialogues and kanji review at some point during the 2 weeks and change each time when it’s easiest to fit in. On to Chapter 2. This pace feels completely manageable and highly sustainable. Every other time I’ve studied Tobira I’ve gone way too fast (including when I first did it in college). I find that nearly all the information has managed to seep in despite the speed of the previous many times I’ve gone through the first 5-7 chapters. I know nearly every word now and the grammar is mostly well-integrated into my speech (except the formal stuff…), but I’m still determined to go slowly this time and not rush ahead because I feel I know it. I’ll get to newer content eventually.
Kanji N2 Study
I’ve decided to abandon the 例文で学ぶ漢字と言葉N2 book for the time being… likely until I finish Tobira. Rather, I’ll do all the exercises in the Tobira Kanji workbook, which I already had lying around. Like with WK, I’ll use a staggered approach and I’ll finish all the kanji from chapter 1 Tobira Kanji workbook before moving on to Chapter 3 of the textbook. The issue with the N2 book was its organization (syllabary-order for the on-yomi), so I was encountering too many kanji that I haven’t studied yet or else haven’t encountered in quite a long time. It was the perfect study material for me to begin after my last run with learning the kanji (when I had the kyoiku down… winter 2019), but as much of that information has seeped from my brain, I’ll have to make up the losses in my kanji ability before I can expect much more of myself. I DO recognize the kanji in Tobira, however, so I’ll just work with that and then when I finish Tobira there won’t be as much of a gap (I remember about 600+ kanji well currently; 800 kanji studied through Tobira; 1000ish needed for N2)
I mentioned last time I’m signed up for the ACTFL’s Oral Proficiency Interview (OPI) for early next month. It will be the first time I’m actually taking it. I’m continuing with my regular Italki lessons with the kids, but I also added a bunch of evening sessions for myself just to specifically practice for the OPI with only one of my regular tutors. I did the first session but I spent most of the half hour session just talking ABOUT the test and how we will prepare for it, so next time will be more mock-test focused. I really hope I can do well. I’m aiming for no lower than Intermediate-high… but as I’ve never taken it, I don’t know what to expect and I feel like the role play portion might really trip me up…
I’ve been having lots of reflection and thought about extensive reading lately… I’m trying to figure out how to fit a lot more silent reading into my life (and I already am in the habit of about an hour a day in three or four chunks… but mostly in English and French), but also to make it stay very, very pleasurable. I have no interest in intensive reading at the moment… and zero interest in reading something that is so hard it’s painful. But so far so good. I’ve read the first 100+ pages of 魔女の宅急便 over the past 2 weeks and it has been a very pleasant reading experience. I’ve been trying to be really extra mindful of the yomikata so I can accurately read aloud, but that’s all I wound up looking up. The rest was easy to decipher through context.
On to another productive week of study!