I’m writing about my experience with skipping lessons in order for it to be a bad example and to prevent people in the same situation from getting to the miserable situation I am at right now.
Every time you pass a level, there’s a lot of new lessons. In my experience, it’s always around 50~60 because of all the new vocab from the Kanji you just passed, all the new Kanji from the next level and additional radicals.
For me, doing the lessons always takes very long. I’d sometimes sit in front of my computer reading new mnemonics for about 1h 30m straight, and it feels very tiring.
Whenever I tried to take a break for a few minutes, the entire lesson process would take those few minutes longer and be even more tiring, so I won’t take breaks anymore.
So what did I think was the best solution to this problem? Just skip the vocabulary lessons with use of userscripts for now and do them later; I’ll just finish them sometime before the level up.
This however came with the great risk of enjoying not having to go through the long lesson process for vocab too much and neglecting the lessons which were initially put aside.
I ended up forgetting about them until the next level up and another batch of lessons came in. “Wow, how’d I get 80 lessons all of a sudden?!” - Well I knew the reason was because I couldn’t finish the vocab lessons from before.
It would be way too tiring to do all 80 lessons at once, so again, I split them up, did the Kanji and radicals and left the vocab lessons untouched.
My highest priority was to level up. I thought “I’ll be able to do the other lessons later”.
And again I failed to finish my lessons, wondering about how long ago it was that I last had the wonderful experience of having 0 lessons and 0 reviews.
After some time, I had piled up 500+ vocab lessons and stopped learning new Kanji and radicals in order to focus on vocab. I really wanted to get this heavy weight which would stress me out every time I thought about Japanese off of my mind.
During my longest level ever at 29d 16h with the constant thought of working off all those lessons, I was sometimes still unable to get myself to do the lessons. During all those days, I was only able to work off around 80 vocab lessons even though I’d usually finish way more lessons (Kanji, vocab and radicals combined) in a month.
My level-of-shame, level 16:
Now I’m here with having ~430 vocab lessons and never being able to finish them. I can’t stay on level 16 forever, I want to keep learning new Kanji as well. So I just finished the level which took me around 1 month to complete and hope to be able to work off more vocab lessons than what I get from a level up to slowly build down that heavy pile of lessons.
This is my experience with using userscripts to skip lessons, my experience with how cheating for my own good put a big barrier in my path of learning Japanese.
For anyone who finds lessons just as time-consuming and tiring as I do:
Don’t EVER skip lessons, they can pile up way quicker than you think.
Also any advice would be greatly appreciated. Is there any way to make lessons less repetative and more interesting?