Hi everyone! This is my first post to the community so I’m pretty excited and nervous at the same time. After stalking this community for the past week, everyone seems so lovely that I can’t wait to be involved! My main goal for Japanese is to learn how to read-- for all those Japanese games that will never be localized haha. I love the RPG aspect of WaniKani and it really makes learning kanji enjoyable for me, which is a big surprise. Grammar on the other hand… T_T
I want to be efficient in my learning while at the same time not burning myself out. I like creating goals for myself so that I feel more motivated to pull through and finish whatever I was working on. I created a plan for my learning but I’d like to run it through some of you guys before I fully commit myself to a new routine! Here’s the gist of it:
1). Familiarizing myself with Japanese (3-4 months)
- Do at least 10 lessons every day (20 if possible!)
- Complete at least 20 reviews
- A Genki lesson every week
- Consume a lot of Japanese media
2). … Jisho is the Best (2 months?)
- Finish Genki 1?
- Be around level 10-15 on WaniKani
(note: this is probably the stage where I will attempt to read NHK news and if it gets too hard for me I will most likely stop trying to read and just practice more. if i can get through it somewhat-- and by that i mean understand at least half-- then ill just try to do my best and search up unknown kanji and scrape through with the grammar)
3). Maybe This Isn’t So Bad After All? (5 months?)
- Work on Genki 2 (again, a lesson a week. if it gets too hard for me as i heard that it gets a little more confusing to understand as time goes on then ill push for a week and a half to two weeks)
- Read Tae Kim’s Guide to Grammar
- Try reading NHK news again! By this point, I’m going to go out on a limb here and assume I’ll be able to read it somewhat. Or at least be able to read it to the point where I don’t feel like crap whenever I try to read Japanese haha!
- By the time the fourth stage starts, maybe I’ll be level 30 on WaniKani! That would be pretty cool huh?
4). Kanji is HELL (… who knows how long this stage would take)
- This is the point where I’d probably feel really stuck, I’d realize that even though I thought I knew a lot of Japanese I actually don’t (and now kanji is starting to pose as a problem)
- To fix this, I’ll buy my first Japanese video game! Probably a simple VN, but it’s worth something
- Maybe join a book club on WaniKani?
- Try reading manga!
(or in other words: do anything to make me not lose my motivation and give up midway ^^)
5). I’m… Getting… Closer… (no set date)
- Start Tobira
- Core 10k deck
- More WaniKani of course
After that-- who knows? I’ll probably think of some, but I’ll get to that point when I get to that point haha. I think you guys basically got the gist of it anyway. Do you guys think these are all realistic? I’m pretty unsure about the reading part… when did you guys start reading stuff like NHK news and stuff? Assuming I have all the n5 grammar points down, at what level was the kanji at least somewhat enough for you to be able to read NHK? To add, when should I start the core 10k deck? I just added it at the end because I didn’t know where else it would go. I have tried using it, but I just couldn’t get into it. Learning vocabulary without knowing the kanji beforehand seems to be really difficult for me lol.
Anyway, thanks for reading this long mess of a post. Once my free trial ends, I’m going to buy a subscription to WaniKani! ^^ I can’t wait to start my new adventure with the crabigator and all of you!