February was another busy month for me. But at least I could do a bit more than in January!
Language Goals February 2019 – Results
- N3 vocabulary (Memrise, 700 new cards) ✔
- Kanji review (Memrise, Heisig deck) ✔
- Reading practice (Watanoc N4 articles) (✔)
- Listening practice ✔
I completed the vocabulary goal, although I should actually rephrase the goal: finish the current N3 vocabulary deck. In the end it wasn’t 700 cards but only 571 because I ignored a whole bunch of cards (partly cards I tried to learn before). Why? Many of the cards had mistakes and I couldn’t correct them. There were also some duplicate cards and some that I didn’t find useful.
I also reviewed kanji, but not on Memrise. The problem was that I had forgotten so many of the Heisig stories and reviewing cards in random oder was just pointless. Since Memrise announced to remove community courses from the app I decided to switch to Anki and just re-start the whole Heisig deck. I’m already about 350 cards in, it’s going much faster this time because I already learned everything before. Definitely the better approach to reviewing this deck.
I read a few articles on Watanoc, but again not that many… but I’d say I achieved the goal at least partly. The listening goal was much better, especially in the first half of the month. I also tried starting grammar but it was too much for me so I didn’t continue it.
Overall I studied for 37 hours in February, that’s about 1.3 hours per day.
Language Goals March 2019
I decided to not take the JLPT N3 this year. This opens so many possibilities for my language learning! I really miss my other languages, I guess I just can’t study one language only for an extended period of time. So from March on I’ll be back with learning several languages at the same time.
- Review N4/N3 vocabulary/kanji (Memrise)
- Review kanji (Anki, Heisig)
- Reading practice (Watanoc N4 articles)
- Listening practice (Peppa Pig, old N4 tests)
I will take it very slowly with Japanese in March. My main goal will be reviewing all my N4/N3 decks on Memrise before they get moved to the new site. After this I will uninstall the Memrise app and start learning new decks on Anki.
I will also continue working through the Heisig deck. I won’t set a specific goal because I really don’t know how fast it’s possible for me to progress… so the goal is just to do as much as possible.
And as always I will continue with the reading practice and listening practice.
- Finish the current learning novel (A2)
- Start a new learning novel (A2)
- Duolingo stories (Set 2)
- Duolingo reviews
- Watch Youtube videos
I decided that Spanish will be my secondary language for a while. And my main study focus will be reading. In February I already picked up the learning novel I started… ages ago, and I really enjoy reading it. Before my strategy was to understand everything 100% which meant looking up a lot of words. But this was quite annoying so I didn’t read a lot. Now my goal is to just read the novel and only look something up if I feel I really need to understand the word for this part. So I just want to get as much input as possible. And I can always go back later to read it in more detail.
After I finish the current novel I want to start a new one. At the time of writing this post I have 14 learning novels for Spanish, so there’s a lot to read!
I will also look at the Duolingo stories again and try to finish all in the second set. And do some Duolingo reviews but I won’t put a lot of time into this because at this point I think that Duolingo can’t help me much anymore. Besides the reading I want to watch youtube videos to practice my listening comprehension and to learn a few new things.
- Practice the script
Arabic is on my list of languages I want to learn in the future. At the moment I want to focus on my main languages (Japanese, Spanish, French) so I don’t really want to start it now, but I think it’s a good time to start practicing the script. I took a course in Arabic in 2016 so I already know how to read and write, but it’s been a while so I have to review and practice a lot. I will take this very slowly, I don’t really have a set goal for this.