Back when I first started learning Japanese in classes, our teacher would teach us one new set of hiragana a week. This of course, meant that hiragana ended up taking over 2 months for us to learn. And the best part was that even after all that time, when we came to do a test on the Japanese we had learned, we were allowed to look up the kana if we couldn’t remember them. Over 2 months, and I couldn’t even remember half the kana.
Whenever I found a word I didn’t know, instead of using a Japanese-English dictionary, instead I would copy and paste the word into google translate. On top of that, I decided that the best way to learn kanji would be to pick a kanji (any random one) out of the N1 kanji list and try to learn 1 kanji per day. Apparently I thought I would be a kanji expert in no time. And of course, when it came to vocab I thought that once I had wrote down a word I encountered in my notebook, I thought that at that point that word was as good as learned.
Sometimes when I listen to Japanese or try to read something out of my level, I question whether I have really learned anything at all, but when I look back at where I was just 2 years ago, I realise I’ve actually learned a lot not just about Japanese, but also about how to study Japanese.
Does anyone else have any embarrassing confessions about methods of studying they used when they first started learning Japanese that later turned out to be a complete waste of time? Or are you all just perfect?