Hey everybody, I never thought I’d actually join the forum but now that I bought a year long sub I figure I might as well get the most out of it(I love to complain!!!). TL;DR skip to the bottom two paragraphs to dodge my intro
I’ve been somewhat interested in learning Japanese ever since high school where I took the two semesters of Japanese classes they had (just enough to drill hiragana and katana into my brain plus like 20 words, man public school in america sucks) and then dragged my feet getting started on self study. After dodging it for years I finally tried to self-study 2-3 years ago and fell off the wagon in about two weeks flat, which I have found is my attention span for nearly everything in life. At least 90% of the things I start (interests, hobbies, habits, video games, TV shows, books) I need to finish in under two weeks or chances are I won’t touch them again for months or years. For me, the whole process seemed too daunting and my strategy was completely unfocused, I didn’t see any real progress and so I didn’t fight my inclinations and moved on. I tried again like 6 months later, made an attempt to plan better by downloading Anki and Duolingo but I didn’t really know how to use either of them and I felt like I was spending all my time re-remembering from my last attempts and lost motivation in 2 weeks.
This year back in January I saw there was an annual sale on Duolingo which I still had downloaded and decided to try one more time. I had a theory that if I bought it I’d be able to sunk-cost fallacy myself past my 2 week barrier and it actually worked. After using all my gems on freezes to barely keep a 50 day streak I realized I could make a real attempt this time and did some more research on how other people had been learning the langauge and I luckily stumbled upon an amazing resource somebody on Reddit wrote; it was framed as a step-by-step guide to “learn japanese in a year” but it was really just a collection of resources about how to learn language in general with the author applying that information to learning Japanese. For the first time I was enamored with the process of learning itself and suddenly found myself incredibly motivated to apply all I’d learned. Since then, I’ve been studying at least 2 hours a day for nearly a month, with around 3.5 hours on average and I think I am finally in for the long haul.
So, as a way to once again sunk-cost fallacy myself into learning kanji I bought a year’s sub to WaniKani and have been doing reviews ~twice a day for 23 days now. Between that, Anki, Genki, and a couple apps I keep for fun I’ve made about 5 times as much progress in the past month than I have in my entire rest of my life learning Japanese and more importantly can finally see the path to fluency.
My first question today is does it ever make sense to let some reviews pile up to do them all at once? I’ve found myself in a situation where I often have 20 reviews now and then 30 more in an hour, is there any reason for me to wait and do them at once or should I do them as soon as I have the time for them?
In general I’ve been realy enjoying WaniKani especially after grabbing a bunch of scripts but my biggest complaint is with stupid simple typos. I type real fast and sloppy on my phone and while I’ve forced myself to slow down I have many times now gotten into a groove cruising through my reviews and made stupid typos on Japanese answers I knew for sure. The english typo protection has saved me many times but I’m currently using the Flaming Durtles app and nothing saves me from Japanese typos and it’s by far the most demoralizing thing about WaniKani for me right now. Seeing my level on a known item go down and potentially locking myself out of new lessons I’m ready for has really sucked, and so I’m wondering if there is any Android app that offer some form of answer retyping as I do at least half of my WaniKani on mobile and even making myself slow down I’m still getting screwed by this.