I have just recently passed my one year anniversary of being on Wanikani! I am only level 26, which feels very low compared to all of the “level 60 in one year” posts, but i am allowing myself to celebrate a bit. I have wanted to learn Japanese for about 10 years, but always gave up when I needed kanji to proceed. Wanikani has changed all of that, and made kanji (at least reading) one of my favourite parts of Japanese… and a part I am actually good at!
Today I am celebrating sticking with this language for over a year. Over this year, I have studied at least a bit every day. I have changed my goals from wanting to learn a certain amount by a given date, to simply doing something every day. This has made me stick with it, and not get too down if I have some months where I don’t have time to do much, or am lacking some motivation.
I still have a long long way to go, but the journey is a lot more enjoyable now. And I can read some things (e.g. Yotsubato) that I never thought I’d be able to.
Have you had a moment that made you begin to enjoy the journey of Japanese learning, rather than being overwhelmed with how much you don’t know? What is your goal for the next year?
My next goal is to get to level 30 in the next 6 weeks… as well as finish learning all of the Genki 1 and 2 vocab. And this time next year, I want to be able to say that I have studied, at least a bit, every day for two years.