Vocabulary: Kitsun (the Genki deck, JLPT N5 deck, and the core 10K deck)
Reading: Graded readers and the Easy Japanese app on my phone. I’m planning on trying the Shirokuma Cafe manga when the Absolute Beginner book club starts it next month.
Listening: I just started watching Terrace House on Netflix, and I can catch about half of what they’re talking about. I also listen to the NHK Easy Japanese podcast sometimes. It’s really easy to listen to, and each lesson is only 10 minutes.
Grammar: Genki, Tae Kim for reinforcing things, Japanese Ammo on Youtube, and Bunpro
Wanikani, Kitsun, Genki, Japanese Ammo, and Bunpro are what I regularly use. The rest is just whenever I find extra time.
As I have progressed through my studies, I have finally settled on a steady routine of studying (this is after going through genki and most of tobira)
Kanji: Still WaniKani! Almost to the finish line!
Grammar: Bunpro SRS for refreshing on grammar I have already learned and learning new ones through the links provided and my dictionaries!
Vocab and Reading: This is what I do the most of, I play most of my video games in japanese, play some visual novels, and now I have started to read light novels! From here I get words that I have encountered a lot and put them into my anki flash cards!
Listening: … okay this is the one thing I have neglected the most, but I mostly watch youtubers and try to passively and actively listen… I still suck at it though!
It took me a bit to get to the point of being able to do things I find fun (reading VNs, playing games, and reading LNs) and also have that be my resource for studying.
Wow a lot of people are using KaniWani. I tried myself but after I was level 10 and it got really overwhelming having 400+ reviews if you didn’t start with KaniWani from day 1 what was your strategy to catch up? I feel like the gap is getting bigger and bigger
Thanks to everyone for they responses so far! I’m glad to see all the different things you do! A wake-up call for me to try more things
You can change the setting to only show lessons that are above X level in the WK SRS; I set mine to give me vocabs only after I’ve guru’d on WK. If you do 25 vocab lessons a day, every day, you’ll eventually catch up on the WK items. (It’s worth mentioning that you can set lessons on KW to not be separated by level, so you might get lessons from level 3 then followed by lessons from level 10. Personally I really like that approach, it keeps me on my toes).
Re: reviews, do 25 reviews 3 times a day (or whatever). It’ll take some days to catch up, but that way you wouldn’t get stuck with huge unending waves of reviews further down the line.
I tend to do KW less than WK – I do my reviews/lessons only twice a day, as for WK I try getting to my reviews at least twice a day. I’m okay with that – it means more exposure in a less regular interval etc etc.
tl;dr - every day is WaniKani, KaniWani, Bunpro, iKnow, and Kitsun. My life is SRS…
Resources I use/have used extensively:
Grammar - Started with Tae Kim for basics. Ran through Human Japanese. Now I mainly use a combination of A Dictionary of Japanese Grammar, Bunpro, Genki, and Japanese Ammo with Misa
Vocabulary - iKnow, Kitsun.io
Listening/Speaking - iKnow, watching things that interest me, talking with my partner
Reading - Books and websites that interest me; unknown words get turned into flashcards, Satori Reader, NHK Web Easy
Kanji - WaniKani, KaniWani
Browser Games/Apps - Kananji, Wani Conjugation
Mobile Games/Apps (Android) - Japanese Conjugation City, Japanese Particles Master, JLPT N* Complete Lessons (there’s an app for N5, N4, N3), benkyou, Obenkyo
I have to say, I actually really despise the HouHou/Kitsun mathod of vocabulary learning; words are defined in English with a very very long definition (most of the time) which I find impossible to remember accurately enough to type it all.
For vocab learning, I really prefer stuff like Anki where you evaluate yourself. (Caveat: I hardly ever cheat.)
It’s good to hear you’ve got a good system in place with Anki! Personally, Kitsun has been working out really well for me. I haven’t encountered any super long definitions, but I suppose adding synonyms could fix that? In any case, I absolutely love the dictionary to flashcard feature on Kitsun. It’s a big time saver for me.
To each their own, though! What’s important is that we find things that work for us individually.
For me, I have a pretty steady routine of studying and a number of resources I use:
KaniWani Not as consistently as WaniKani but once level 60 comes, KaniWani is priority one- it really does help with recall and what not.
HouHou/ Memrise Combination Right, on Memrise, there is a wonderful fan made pack called: HELLO ワニカニ拡張パック( WaniKani Expansion Pack) which esentially gives you additional vocabulary based on the WaniKani kanji level. I then use the SRS in HouHou to act as a sort of psuedo WaniKani.
Grammar: Have completed TextFugu (up to where it was finished at least), and Genki I + II. TextFugu is a great place to start as without it, I don’t think I would still be studying Japanese (as I had tried Genki initially and hit a wall). After TextFugu, Genki was the next logical step and it helped solidify and expand the knowledge found on Textfugu. Now, I am currently using Imabi (website). It is wonderful- there is so much information. I would not recommend anyone just starting out to go there, but for the serious learner, it is a pretty wonderful resource.
Reading: I have quite a substantial Japanese manga collection on Bookwalker. Recently, I have also been doing a lot of reading on 小説家になろう(Shousetsuka ni narou- Esentially, lets become a novelist)- which has a great selection of online light novels ( and is where a lot of LN authors actually get their start). Also video games, but to be fair, not often ( I just prefer playing in English)
Listening Podcasts (SokoAni is a personal favourite) alongside anime and a crap ton of Anime Music. I have an Ipod (from 2007!) full of songs. Can’t say if it helps that much though…
Writing: This is much more recent- using Anki Flashcards in conjunction with The Kodansha Kanji Learning Course. Fairly effective but can give you hand cramps…
Anyway, that was my self-serving info-dump…
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