My WK level 1 date is September 30th so I started in October of last year.
For the few weeks prior to that I learned hiragana and katakana, read up on some very basic grammar and vocab.
Soon after though I learned about immersion so I started immersing a little bit daily. I had already watched anime for 15yrs so I slowly started watching without subtitles, even though in the beginning I had very little comprehension. I also started listening to podcasts whenever I was at work or driving or cleaning/cooking etc. Again, didn’t really understand anything at all lol.
You’ll notice that none of that is actual reading. I mentioned this because I didn’t want you to think I did no practice (or immersion as we call it) and only did WK for the first few months.
Anyways around December last year I started doing through the N5 Tango book from Ask-Books. It’s basically around 1000 sentences appropriate for N5 level. As I read through those I added them to an anki deck. The company also provides audio so I added that to my cards as well.
yes, there’s pre-made decks available for this book but I wanted to practice typing Japanese and making my own deck for my first anki deck.
I went at around 10-15 stences per day. I reckon I was around level 10 on Wanikani at that point so some of the kanji in the book was unknown to me. I da
btw, forgot to mention I fully “kanjified” all the sentences in the book. meaning the book itself uses kanji only up to the N5 level but I added the sentences to my deck in full kanji.
So I got done with that book around March I think. By that time I was around level 24 on Wanikani I think, and at that point knew almost all the kanji in that book through WK.
So at that point I started adding Japanese subtitles (not English) to the anime I watch. Now I read along every time I watch an anime episode. I try to watch 6 episodes of anime (a typical episode is 20 mins so that’s 2hrs total) everyday… or at a bare minimum at least 3 episodes per day (1hr).
I also read through a bunch of Japanese folktales but most folktales don’t use much kanji since they are meant for children.
yeah so that’s it. Most of my reading at the moment comes from 1-2hrs of reading subtitles.
In the future (December at the latest) I will begin reading light novels.