So, I’m an absolute fool, and despite only starting to seriously study Japanese in August of this year, I’ve signed up to take the JPLT N5 in December (heavily blaming peer pressure from a friend).
I’m not really expecting to pass, but I’m working my butt off anyway! I figure I am a bad test-taker, and this will be a good way to get a benchmark and practice at taking the JPLT (I’ve heard it’s insanely different from what one might be used to in school).
When I get closer to the exam (mid November), I plan to do a few practice N5 tests to see where I’m at and what else I should be working on, etc. Let me know if there’s anything below that I’m doing that I should drop, or anything I need to pick up ASAP.
I’m averaging about 90 minutes of study per day, and I haven’t gone below an hour/day since I started. I’d estimate I have about 150 hours under my belt right now. Thanks for reading, and any advice or criticism is welcome!
(1) JPLT Bootcamp’s N5 Memrise course
------> I’m doing one section every day (taking none of the 'built in breaks), and doing all of the reviews (usually about 60 / day)
(2) Wanikani, of course
------> (hoping to get to level 10 and study the remaining kanji I’ll need on good old fashioned flashcards)
------> 0/0 streak goal, baby (so far successful for quite a while!)
(3) HumanJapanese course for grammar
(4) Elementary Japanese, Volume One by Yoko Hasegawa
------> This is mostly for the listening practice sections, and for the additional grammar, which every single exercise seems to have a version of
(5) Japanese Podcast for Beginners (Nohongo Con Teppei)
------> This is a little four-minutes-per-episode podcast, where he just chooses a few words to emphasize
I’m also regularly practicing writing/having conversations in Japanese and reading a lot of Tofugu articles on topics I need a boost on.