What have been your most effective self-study methods?


That’s good to know :sweat_smile: I think I’m just overcorrecting to make sure I match the pitch. So when the pitch goes up I REALLY GO UP and when it goes down I REALLY GO DOWN. It’ll probably even out with time.

years ago when I was learning Mandarin Chinese (which I have since forgotten) my Chinese professor told me I was good at mimicking tones even though most of the time I had no idea what was happening. I pray that power is still with me


exaggerating isn’t bad. it will level out over time, no big deal. by exaggerating, you really focus on the pitch, and that’s probably exactly what you need at this point in your program. i’d say you’re on the right track :slight_smile:


Hey, thanks for mentioning Kanji Study! I had been looking for something like this, and I just got the app so I can practice during my commute. This might be a silly question, but how do you import kanji lists from WK? Do I have to use WK on my phone to be able to do that?


@HelixApothecari Great question. I wrote up a little tutorial for this, for you at How to add Wanikani data to Japanese Kanji Study (Android App)


Wow, thanks a lot! Just checked it out, and you put a lot of work into that “little” tutorial. I especially appreciate the pictures you added for every step. Now adding those kanji shouldn’t be a problem!


Shadowing update: I think I hurt my throat yelling 銀行は何時から何時までですか! at my computer today :joy: Something about the repeated で really got me. These are fun! Thanks so much for sharing!


there’s a line in a song ilike that goes 受け入れられたらそれでいいんじゃないか that took me a while to master, hehe. the inflections can get really bad :slight_smile: but it’s doable. just keep going :wink:


First of all thanks for the great tips on how to approach the whole thing. I’ve been jumbling around a lot with different things not having gotten a clear path, because there is just an overwhelming amount of information and resources out there that you don’t even know where to go to.

I think I’ll stick with WK for Kanji, Bunpro for grammar repetition and get the Grammar Book you recommended. So that I’ll be able to try for the N5 test this coming summer.
Two questions:

  1. Do you have any recommendations on graded readers? Or just the white rabbit ones? Maybe the one that @normful recommended here: Self-assessing Reading Level
  2. Where to get the Vocab / Kana only words from that are not covered by WK?

Thanks for the great input. I hope that brings me into a straighter line of studying for my goals :slight_smile:


you can use any kind of graded material. i don’t have a pc right now, so i can’t link, but there’s for example a series called 〜のふしぎ aimed at elementary students, a series イッキによめる, those work, too.
it’s generally easier to find this sort of stuff on japanese amazon, search for 1年生、2年生 and so on.
even books about subjects like biology, history, etc are fine, they only contain kanji for that grade and furigana for all advanced stuff.

that’s probably also the cheapest option.

if you live in japan, go to a BOOK-OFF and ask them for 小学生向けの教科書







At first i used My Japanese Coach (Nintendo DS) until i was about lvl 30.
By then i had learned verb bases, formal and casual forms for desu and verbs and bunch of other stuff.

i then found Wanikani and the ride has been mostly pleasant.

Lately i found Simeji keyboard that allows me to write in both English and Japanese.
By writing a daily diary/journal i find things sticking better.

Also, if i find certain items i might forget i add them into my custom Ankidroid deck.
Be aware that Anki decks can be quite large and having many can be a plus because sometimes other decks lack some items.

i haven’t learned much about stroke order or kanji writing but when i use Simeji i select the most kanji like option that i can.
Actually i find reading kana words to be more difficult than kanji.
When it comes to grammar i am still at beginner level though once i am exposed to new stuff i tend to learn quickly provided that i am not overloaded by lessons and reviews.

Since i am also offline from time to time i find Takoboto dictionary great though it might lack some example sentences.

i don’t recommend doing speed runs unless one can.
Doing reviews as stressed can be bad imo.
Taking breaks here and there can help.


I like Simeji for the quick switch between languages, beautiful skins and auto-katakana key but detest the shortcoming of the English system? I don’t know how to term it but it’s unfortunately not as smart (not even close) as Google’s. I switch between both sets.


Thank you for the reply.

Yeah, one thing i don’t like in Simeji is that i cannot disable word prediction just for English.
i mean that if i see a mistake somewhere and want to fix it and forget to press space or select a word, even though the cursor has moved to the right place, Simeji keeps editing the last word.

If one could individually edit language input options then that would be golden.


Yeah, that’s the main issue I should think. It edits the last typed word :persevere: awesomely backward with English but I’ve gotten accustomed to using it so I keep it despite the occasional annoyance


As for me, I have definitely noticed I don’t remember things as easily as I used to. What helps me the most is constant exposure to the material. I read Genki, I watch the lesson videos on YouTube done by https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCjRZpOiz3vjXNqAyjcIGwEw
And I take notes. Then I write out practice sentences and review the Vocab with the genki app. I work through the workbook on my iPad with an apple pen so I can erase as much as I want and keep redoing it. I treat the worksheets as practice and finally as a test the last time. Then I check my answers and correct my work. Also, I “teach” stuff to my husband who humors me and listens to me babble at him. ^_^; heh. That’s my current method anyways. Eventually, I want to read native material, but I’m just not there yet. I’ll get there though!


The biggest things that have helped me so far have been setting not a new year’s resolution, but a resolution that happened to start on the new year since it was conveniently around that time anyway and getting a calendar to visually see which days I have studied by coloring them in with pink highlighter so I can hold myself accountable more easily. Skipping 2-3 days doesn’t feel like much at all, but it really adds up and can easily turn into weeks. Now I have to write down the reason I didn’t study on the blank days. Once I start the studying, I don’t usually have a problem getting 30-60 minutes in that day, but starting it was always the hard part. It’s a bit easier with the visual accountability.