I read so many discussions on here about moving faster: minimizing level times, staying motivated, etc. They’re honestly really inspiring — this community is so encouraging, and the overall work ethic is contagious! It’s awesome seeing so many people making such rapid progress.
But this is a thread for the rest of us.
Japanese is a fun hobby for me, but I don’t have any really big plans for it, aside from someday being able to watch Japanese TV and play Japanese games. I mostly just find the language itself really interesting. Between work, family, and all sorts of other grownup responsibilities, though, I don’t have as much time for it as I’d like. Despite that, I’ve been able to make pretty steady, if slow, progress so far.
Then work unexpectedly got really busy at the beginning of March. It got so bad that I had to put WK into vacation mode for a couple of weeks, but I think that just made things worse when I took it off. My apprentice count shot up to around 150 (I know that’s not too high for some of you, but for me I’ve found anything above 100 starts to get dicey), and my review accuracy went way down.
I thought about resetting to an earlier level, but decided instead to just stop taking on new lessons until the end of April and see where things ended up. It turned into a bit of a game to see how low I could get my apprentice count to be.
Here’s where things are now, after one month on an apprentice cleanse diet!
It was kind of a roller coaster… at one point my apprentice count was in the teens, then it shot back up into the 50s (damn you leeches!), and then slowly made it’s way back to where it is now. My guru count was also in the 700s when I started, so that’s a big improvement.
Of course, getting an apprentice count this low is a silly goal in and of itself, but boy, does it feel good now. My accuracy’s way up and I generally have under 100 reviews total each day. I’m ready to get back to making real progress now, but I’m going to try and be even more deliberate about not rushing through lessons going forward. Slow and steady and all that.
So, fellow slowpokes, what have your WaniKani diet experiences been like?