Let’s talk a little about HOW to read Japanese?
When you get a new Japanese book or manga, how do you start? Do you skim and look up vocab first and then read it again, do you read it sentence by sentence and look up words as you go, do you make an Anki deck, do you write down vocab in a note book while you read, what do you do?
I’m in the process of trying different things now. One technique I really like is to first listen to the book on audio book and try to read along and see how much I understand. Then I read it again from the book looking up words as I go, and then I listen to the audio book and read along again. I find that I understand so much more the second time.
I also love to read the books that have been covered by the book clubs here. Being able to look up all the words in the vocab lists and looking at the questions that others have asked is so helpful!
If there’s no audio book and no book club I read the sentences one by one and try to understand as much as I can, looking up words as I go. I don’t make any Anki decks as I read. I have more than enough flash cards from other studies. If the words from the book are common then I’ll learn them from exposure and if they are uncommon there’s no point in cramming them anyway.