I have been very interested in the Japanese language for awhile now. After high school I’d like to take a year off and go to Japan! I’ve been studying on and off for the past few months but because I didn’t really have a goal, it was hard to know where to go.
I can write kana (I don’t care to write kanji) and I can read what’s in my knowledge if you understand my meaning thought it doesn’t mean much at the moment… I have Genki 1 at home and I use that often. I try to take my time with each chapter since I don’t have anyone to practice with and solidify what I learned in order not to forget everything. I own A Dictionary of Basic Japanese Grammar but it feels a bit advanced for me right now. I already know mostly all the vocab and kanji from N5 to N4 (from flashcards) but I will buy a subscription to WaniKani to patch up what I’m missing.
In addition, I will buy a lot more textbooks for example: Japanese Sentence Patterns for Effective Communication: A Self-Study Course and Reference, All About Particles: A Handbook of Japanese Function Words, Genki 2, both of the Shadowing Let’s Speak Japanese books, and Tobira! This is all to supplement Genki 1/2 at first and then Tobira to strengthen my understanding of word order and particle meanings. This is what I struggle on very much. The Shadowing series to help me with speaking and listening. I will also listen to podcasts and other material since I take the bus everywhere. Tell me of some of these books are unnecessary, I don’t have a lot of money
My goal is to be conversational (more or less) and pass N2 before I go to Japan. I started school late because of medical issues last year so I will unfortunately graduate late. I will be going to my 10th year of high school so I have a bit more than 2 years to achieve it.
When school starts again, I plan to get a job for around 6~ months in order to save up some money.
My schedule would be:
sleep = 8 hours
prepare for school = 30 min
bus to school = 30 min
school = 6 hours
bus to work = 30 min
work = 6 hours
bus home = 30 min
study Japanese = 2 hours
How far in Japanese can I get with this schedule? WaniKani does reviews every 4,8,24 hours I think but with this schedule I will only be able to get 2 hours in before I sleep including grammar… What level could I achieve (in WaniKani) with this schedule? Keep in mind that after I stop working, I will have a lot more time to practice Japanese! What would be the ideal schedule for learning Japanese especially after when I stop working? I can probably fit in some reviews in breaks during work and school
Please ask any question and give me tips, I will answer