I’ve been lurking this forums from time to time since I got wanikani last year. Great community, but it’s always weird to “join” to the conversation. Like when you meet a bunch of people that already are friends. Does that makes any sense?
Anyhow, I’m feeling a bit lost and I’m not sure if I’m doing well with the way I’m trying yo learn japanese.
I started around January last year to learn some basic Japanese, including Hiragana, Katakana, and started looking for some resources online. I ended up with more books that time to invest in and then I found Tofugu + Wanikani and thought: This is it! This is the best way to learn vocabulary.
At the beginning my motivation was great, but work doesn’t understand that “I wanna learn a new language”, so my learning speed declined in the upcoming months. I mean, I get it, it is what it is. I don’t pretend to get lvl 60 in 6 months. This is how I’ve been doing so far:
I read some threads here about what to focus on, vocab or grammar and of course I agree both are important. So because of that, I started geeting lessons on iTalki. When with some teachers using Genki, and now I’m with anothed teacher which uses MinnaNoNihongo (I’m in L12 right now. I’ve been revisiting a lot stuff I’ve already new, but I think that’s good).
Now, I’m getting to the point where the book starts requiring some vocabulary I don’t know, and practicing adjectives and verbs conjugation (I’m struggling a bit with the て形). Because of work, I don’t have much available time to do homework during the week. Sitting down, opening the book, looking for the excercise and so on is a process that feels like wasting time, compared with opening WK and doing the reviews. So I got use to do WK three times a day (while I have breakfast, after lunch, and when I go to the bed).
So right now, I they way I study everyday is using WK, and I try to get 3 1h lessons every week to study grammar and so on (and I do it with a teacher to “force me” to study that stuff. On my on is way harder to do so). I’ve made some progress for sure, but It’s taking me a lot of time to advance this step about conjugation and the vocabulary used in the book. Because of that, I’m not sure if that balance is right. I feel that I’m missing some verbs and adjectives because I’m focusing in WK most of my time, but at the same time I feel that I should not stop using WK because otherwise I’ll waste everything I’ve done so far. Which is not much, but was not easy! XD
What do you guys think? Anyone else been there?
Thanks in advance