Language Goals November 2018

October was a really good month for my language studies, or at least for Japanese. These were my October goals:

Language Goals October 2018 – Results

Japanese

  • Review N4 grammar (book+notes)
  • Review N4 vocab (Memrise)
  • Review N4 kanji (Memrise, Kanji Study App)
  • Quizzes N4 grammar/kanji/vocab (JPDrills, old JLPT practice tests)
  • Listening practice (N4/N5 material)
  • Reading practice (N4 material)
  • 90 Kanji (Heisig + Kanji Study App)

The preparation for the JLPT N4 went really well in October. I reviewed grammar and collected similar grammar points which I need to have a look at. And I reviewed vocab in Memrise and also collected more words which I don’t know yet but might appear in the test.

I did a very thourough kanji review with the Kanji Study app – my goal was to be able to write all the kanji. While the JLPT doesn’t test you on writing kanji yourself, it really helps differentiating between similar kanji or fake kanji, and just remembering the kanji in general.

I did more listening practice: previous JLPT tests, Japanese podcasts, and when I watched anime I tried to catch as much as I could while reading the subtitles. Overall this was about 1/4 of my study time, so not bad.

I also totally fell in love with reading easy Japanese articles and read a lot during the month (almost 21 hours!). I definitely want to keep this up and read a lot more in the future.

And of course I did old JLPT practice tests and used JPdrills.com to get more practice. These two things really help to actually use the grammar, vocab and kanji in context, and see where I still have problems.

The only goal I didn’t achieve was the Heisig kanji goal, but I came very close. My goal was to learn 90 new kanji. I learned 70 new kanji and I’m now at 1970.

Additionally I started studying N3 vocab and learned 254 cards on Memrise.

Overall I studied for over 89 hours!! That’s 40 hours more than last month, wow! Overall that’s 2.9 hours per day on average and I’m very happy with it.

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Spanish

  • Spanish novel (A2 level)
  • Watch Youtube videos
  • Listening practice (podcasts etc.)

I’m still not done with the novel. For some reason I feel like I need to really sit down to read it, so it never happens because when I sit down to study something, it’s Japanese. I did some other reading in Spanish though, so at least there was some reading.

I watched several youtube videos, so I would say I reached my goal here. I watched those videos without subtitles, so I would say it also counts as listening practice, but I didn’t do any additional listening practice like I had planned to.

French

  • Watch Youtube videos
  • Listen to songs

I watched a few videos but not enough to say I achieved the goal here… But I overachieved the song goal. I’m listening to French songs basically everywhere because I really love them at the moment. Additionally I also started doing lessons on Duolingo again (just reviewing old stuff for now).

Irish

I didn’t do anything for Irish in October and around mid-October I decided to drop it. I just can’t invest into dabbling at the moment, even if it’s very light dabbling. I need the time for my other languages and if I only look at it a bit, the words and grammar just don’t stick so it’s a waste of time.

Tagalog

This month I participated in the Language Jam, a short challenge where you study a new language for just one weekend. My target language was Tagalog! It was a fun weekend and I wrote a blog post about my experience with it.

Language Goals November 2018

I will focus on my 3 main languages only (no dabbling). Japanese will be my main focus (at least 80%), Spanish and French my secondary focus.

Japanese

  • Review N4 grammar (book+notes)
  • Review N4 vocab (Memrise)
  • Review N4 kanji (Memrise, Kanji Study App)
  • Quizzes N4 grammar/kanji/vocab (JPDrills, old JLPT practice tests)
  • Listening practice (N4/N5 material)
  • Reading practice (N4 material)
  • 72 Kanji (Heisig + Kanji Study App)
  • N3 vocabulary (Memrise, 350 new cards)

These are amost the same goals as in October. There is only 1 month left to study for the JLPT, so my main focus will be reviewing/practicing N4 stuff.

Additionally I will learn 72 new kanji with Heisig. Then I will actually be done with the book! There are later editions with some additional kanji but I looked at them and they seem to be a bit random to me, so I will not learn them immediately.

I will also continue learning N3 vocabulary. My goal will be 350 cards on Memrise, that’s about 10 per day, which should be fine.

Spanish

  • Spanish novel (A2 level)
  • Watch Youtube videos
  • Duolingo reviews
  • Duolingo stories (Set 2)

I want to start doing a bit more for Spanish in November. I want to finally finish the novel I’m reading and supplement it a bit with some Duolingo stories. I already did Set 1 of the stories a long time ago so I’m starting with Set 2 now. These are 10 short stories, which should be fine.

I’m removing the listening goal for now because I probably won’t have time for it and I will get a lot of listening by watching youtube videos.

French

  • Listen to songs
  • Duolingo reviews

This month I want to start going back to French a bit. For this I will do some Duolingo reviews. I found out they published yet another new skill tree so there are now tons of new beginner lessons. I will review them by testing out of all of them. They are so easy for me I rarely get something wrong, but it’s still a good practice for now. Additionally I will continue listening to French songs.

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