I am hoping for a little pick-me-up or guidance about my Japanese language learning.
I started learning Japanese in June 2017, and go to a 90 minute class every week during term time (~30 weeks per year). Our course textbook is Japanese for Busy People, and we’ve just moved on to book 2.
I’ve booked flights for Osaka in June, and am really trying to redouble my efforts and make lots of progress before my trip. I wouldn’t say I’ve been lazy so far… but it is tough for me to do much outside of work, so I haven’t given my learning as much attention as I’d like either.
It all feels like really slow progress at the moment.
Here are some of the tools I’m using at the moment to help me learn:
- Anki: I have decks for the adjectives and verbs we’ve studied in class
- HelloTalk: I try to write a short diary entry a few times a week
- Podcasts: I tried JapanesePod101 but I really hated the people on it. I’ve listed to a couple of Learn Japanese Pod episodes and I prefer that, although it’s still on the tricky side.
- NHK Easy Japanese news: I just downloaded the app for this. Again, the level is still too hard but I get the gist.
- WaniKani, obvs.
- Japanese For Busy People and classroom resources
- TV: I watch at least one episode of Japanese language TV each night (albeit with subtitles)
- Can I pretend that playing 太鼓の達人 on the Nintendo Switch counts as studying…?
I am considering BunPro, but at the moment, I feel a little unfocused. I worry I’m flitting between too many platforms and although the last couple of weeks I seem to spend a couple of hours or more each day doing something Japanese related, I am concerned that I’m relying too much on things ‘just sinking in’ rather than being more systematic and focused in my learning.
I’m not really sure what I’m asking, here. I just wanted to share where I’m at in case anyone has any great tips or advice - particularly in advance of my trip.