This month was crazy! I had pretty high goals…
- Genki II [Lesson 16-18] (✔)
- Genki II vocabulary [Lesson 17-18, Memrise] ✔
- Duolingo reviews [20 lessons – 5717xp+] (✔)
- 350 Kanji [Heisig + Kanji Study App] ✔
- JLPT N5 vocabulary [Memrise, ~850 cards] ✔
- JLPT N5 vocabulary [Cram stage 3]
- JLPT N5 old tests
- Japanesepod101: Lower Intermediate S1 [11-40] (✔)
- MyKikitori [Lessons 1-12] ✔
- Translate 1 Disney song
- Write at least 2 emails to Japanese friends ✔
Well, I finished about half of these things completely. And I’m sure I could have finished more but sometimes unexpected things happen in life and then we can’t do everything as planned. I got a pretty bad cold this month and couldn’t do anything for several days. And I got more to do at work much sooner than expected, which also left me with less time to learn. So considering these things, I still think I did pretty well this month.
I’m stuck somewhere in Genki II Lesson 18, so I almost completed this part actually. As before it was a bit hard for me working on it, I still need to find a better way to work with the book. I finished learning all the vocab with Memrise though.
I did maybe half of the planned reviews on Duolingo. At this point I just feel like Duolingo can’t help me much anymore and so I don’t want to spend too much time on it.
I learned 350 new kanji with the Heisig method, but I have to say, this part was very hard. Learning the first 300 kanji went really well so I thought 350 wouldn’t be a problem this month. Oh boy, I was so wrong. The more kanji you learn, the harder it gets. Some of these kanji were also really hard (the chapter I hated most was the one with the linen/coat stuff…). Learning so many kanji in a short amount of time really gets tiresome and on some days I had to force myself. I’ve seen a few blog posts on the internet where people claimed it’s possible to learn 2000 kanji in 3 months, but to be honest, I think these people have never tried this themselves. In theory it sounds nice, but doing it is a completely different story.
I finished the JLPT N5 Vocabulary & Kanji course on Memrise and I’m pretty proud of this because it was about 850 cards I had to do this month. Yes, I knew almost all these words already, so it was mostly repetition. But still, it was not just looking at each word once, I had to go through the entire process of “planting seeds and growing flowers”, so processing each card several times. There were also a few words that I didn’t really remember anymore and having to explicitly go through all the counter words also helped a lot. I also wanted to do a bit more with Cram, but I only did a few cards with it.
I didn’t look at any old JLPT N5 tests. This is pretty bad because I registered for the N5 test in December and there are still a few things which I was unsure about last time I did some tests. But I either didn’t have enough time or I just didn’t feel like looking at them.
I stopped at Lesson 30 of the JapanesePod, on purpose. I feel like I need to re-evaluate how to use this resource. I decided to go with Intermediate because I felt like I already knew everything they cover in the Beginner section. Even in the Intermediate section I already know a lot of the stuff. But the problem with Intermediate is that I can barely understand what they’re saying. So while the grammar focus covers things I already know, the dialogs themselves have a lot of stuff that I don’t know or don’t know very well. I felt like I didn’t really get out a lot of each lesson and I have to think about how to make better use of it.
I could complete MyKikitori, which is a great site for beginner listening practice! I like that they have quizzes so you can check if you understood everything. I wish I knew more sites like that, they’re really helpful for me.
I didn’t translate any Disney song, but I at least listend to some Japanese Disney songs again. I guess I will save this for another time.
I completed the email goal though and sent 2 emails to my Japanese friends. I also wrote quite a bit and it wasn’t too hard, so I feel like I’m making some progress here. (Well, I don’t know how much of it was wrong… )
Overall I’m very happy with my progress this month even though I didn’t finish everything. But I did learn a lot and that’s all that counts.