Write-In Poll: Following Tofugu's Ridiculously Detailed Guide - (Starting Genki I at WK Level 10)

This is basically to poll people’s pacing on Genki I who started it at WK Level 10 (following the Ridiculously Detailed Guide to a T). How long did it take you to finish Genki?

Thanks all!

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Why don’t you… you know… make an actual poll?

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I’m not gonna limit people’s answers to an actual poll. That’s why the word “basically” is in that sentence.

Hi! Short answer, five months. I got through the first half in about three weeks and have spent the rest of the time consolidating.

Long answer…

I’ve been following the Tofugu guide since March. I started WaniKani in April and got to level 10 sometime in June. I started Genki as soon as I finished level 10 and got through the first 3 chapters really quickly. At the same time, I realized there was a paper back in my home country that I could do extramurally, which uses Genki as a text book. I’d missed the first half-year course, so I applied to do the second half-year course, which was starting in July.

I had to sit a placement test so I crammed the first 5 chapters of Genki in two weeks. I also needed to learn how to write hiragana and katakana and some elementary kanji instead of just being able to recognize the characters. I went a bit fast and didn’t do it very thoroughly, but I managed to get into the course.

I’m now spending two weeks on each chapter. This has been great for me as it’s helping strengthen the grammar points I sped through in July. I’ve discovered that you miss a lot if you don’t do all the exercises in both the textbook and the workbook. I’m up to Chapter 11 and will have finished Genki I by November.

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Ok, the article incipit captured my attention by claiming to be a paved road to up to fluency, but its ends with a teaser for a forthcoming guide for the intermediate level (and up).

What is the ETA ? :slight_smile:

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Thanks for your story! 5 chapters in 2 weeks plus hiragana and katakana learning sounds intense haha. Especially when you compare it to the 2 weeks you are spending on each lesson after the cram session. Do you think you could go at a faster pace? Are you planning to to take the N5 in December? How many hours a day do you actually work on Genki stuff?

I haven’t reached 10 yet, but I’ve started Genki (on lesson 5) and am hitting a vocabulary learning curve. I feel like I could just struggle through Genki and spend more time learning the vocab. However, I kind of just want to see if I can sprint through it once I catch up with WaniKani. I’ve been doing a chapter a week and now I just want to stop for a bit and let myself catch up with Wani Kani.

I would have liked to follow the Tofugu guide exactly but I set the N5 as a deadline for myself and I’m worried about not getting through it in time.