Hello everyone, (almost) halfway WK crisis over here, thought you might give me some perspective.
After almost a year of learning japanese (It’s been that long to my surprise) I’ve gotten to a point where my setup for learning it’s (as perceived by me) pretty solid, as I can see improvement been made, and a clear path for keep improving by doing the same more or less.
Problem is that after some time I’m actually able to enjoy japanese content (finally!!) specially while reading, both graded readers intended for learners, and now recently graded series for kids going thought the 1st until 6th grade. This little achievement has made me question my routine, basically in terms of how sustainable is in the long run. I mean, I spend hours (at least 2-3) daily doing WK, Vocab reviews and sentence mining. And it’s a routine that while it’s enjoyable in the sense of achievement of having this many kanji under my belt and thousands of known words that I’m able to identify, it’s not something I aspired to be doing.
Now while reading, the sense of achievement and the actual fun of the activity it’s much more, but I’m getting into the situation when finishing the whole SRS routine leaves not so much time for calmly reading.
For now I’ve decided to stop any new lesson in any SRS system and deal only with reviews for a while. This has given me the extra time to read and enjoy a book like I would do in my native language, not so much in the context of “I’m learning japanese”, but in the mindset of reading a book with a coffee and just been a pleasurable activity.
This whole mindset switch has made me question how long does people rely on SRS based systems for learning. When learning japanese becomes more about doing things in japanese and not so much on learning about it?.
What do you think? Specially people that are done with yojo kanji (which I understand given the frequent use is an entering ticket to lots of native aimed content).
How long are your planning to keep SRS apps and sites been part of your japanese routine?
I’m by now means quitting WK; there’s much to be done with a learning routine so far, but given I unconsciously ended up doing a level every 7-8 days, and also striving to the more effective path in the rest of my studies, well, I think I bumped into the “somewhat burnt zone”. For now I think slowing down (or actually just balancing activities to the more pleasurable side of the spectrum) will be enough, but given there’s a cool SRS way to get japanese into your head for almost any aspect of the language, I think It’s good to mention that they serve a purpose and most likely have a limited use…