So I’ve just hit level 3 and am loving the WK experience so far - currently umming and ah-ing over which subscription to punt for when I (hopefully) reach L4 in the next week or two.
My goals are:
*Be able to hold simple conversations in Japanese and navigate my way around a future long holiday to Japan. I’m keen to get off the beaten track into areas where basic English can’t be assumed, and want to immerse myself into the culture as much as possible even if English is an option.
*Be able to watch Studio Ghibli films without dubbing or subtitles
*Learn more about Japanese culture and history
*More generally, learn a new language as an intellectual challenge to myself. I haven’t done languages since basic German at age 16 (I’m now 28), needed a new hobby following multiple knee surgeries and am fascinated with Japanese culture and food so decided to ignore the difficulty warnings and throw myself in.
My subscription thinking is:
- Monthly works out more expensive, but would give me a few more months to see how much time I end up spending on WK vs other materials (Japanese for busy people when my classes resume after the pandemic , Genki, online videos/podcasts) when the pace ramps up for WK reviews
- Annual sounds like pretty good value, though still feels like a chunky commitment when it’s been relatively easy going so far.
- Lifetime - ruling out for now as it seems a bit too expensive. Might rethink if there is a sale…but I can get more than 3 years of annual for the price, and my current Japanese goals probably don’t need me to get all the way to L60 (though I do like a challenge so might come back to this when the competitive streak hits!)
OK even writing this out is helping clarify my thinking…I could go monthly then upgrade to Annual/Lifetime at any point, but I’m also tempted to just commit to annual straight up and save myself the hassle.
What have the WK community found as the most effective choice? Did you wish you chose a different option back when you hit L4?