My journey has been a little frustrating to say the least. Anyone who has read posts I’ve written know I started my learning journey proper when I injured both of my hands and wanted something to stimulate me while I healed. I had to quit the first time after reviews became too much for me. Then I started up college again where schooling took priority. Each time I seem to stop at the same place. Around anywhere between level 9-11. The first time I realized I was abusing the scripts after returning from hiatus so I decided to start from scratch. It is a cycle that I seem to stop for one reason or another around this place in my studies, either due to external priorities or other and I get stuck when I come back.
I see a lot of people encouraging to get through the large pile of reviews. I took a two-month unintentional hiatus without turning vacation mode on so I could work on my demo reel in preparation for graduation. It wasn’t so much that I was doing poorly so much as I started losing interest due to my brain prioritizing my demo reel. Wanikani became a dangerous distraction. I don’t think vacation mode would necessarily help. It seems no matter what, long stretches of time do me in, and I think the failure psychs me out to the point where I mess up or even outright forget words I should otherwise know.
There have been odd times going through wanikani where I forget words I definitely know and can read fine in the wild, maybe even had successfully read/translated three days prior. There are times I know the concept of the word but forget the word in English, my own native language. It’s the oddest thing ever to know only a handful of Japanese words yet not remember the word in English.
I do have the ignore script because sometimes I bump the keys. Sometimes my fingers spazz. Sometimes I can’t remember if a kanji has an alternative reading (to which sometimes I’m wrong and go back and input the correct one I’m already aware of. Other times I don’t know the right one because I thought it was correct, so I’ll take the hit) Sometimes I forget a more simplistic word for a concept in English and can only remember a more complicated synonym that wanikani won’t accept.
It seems no matter how many times I read a kanji or vocab I’ve gotten wrong of the newer levels, I cannot remember either the reading or meaning.
The point, I guess, is that even though I have been going through my near 650+ review pile and got it down under 200, I can tell I’ve suffered these things. I’ve failed words I definitely know because my brain isn’t in it. I’ve reset in the past, and it not only built up my momentum but I was able to go over past material I was shaky on and I feel confident. At the same time… I’ve been stuck in Pleasant for quite a while. I just don’t know if I’m impatient to move on to new content and should reset to help momentum (and give myself a structured time I can take a break from homework) or if I should trudge on. I’m being a bit indecisive and I don’t know what would ultimately be the right choice.
It’s nearly 6am so sorry if this is a big incoherent ramble, but thank you for listening. I’ll gladly read suggestions or replies after I sleep.