Achieving Your Japanese Goals – January 2017 — 29 Comments

  1. 1. 5 new J-J sentences per day. This should put me around 7850 sentences.
    2. Continue with 3 kanji per day. Currently working my way through grade 5.
    3. Daily immersion. Passive listening and read manga every night.

    • 1. Done
      2. I added Jalup Immersion stage 1 when that was released at 5 cards per day. I decided to reduce my kanji rate to 2 to compensate. That has worked out so far.
      3. Pretty good, things are coming together.

  2. Yet another month of goals that hopefully I’ll follow through with…

    1. Finish all reviews before bed. Work on doing some through the day to prevent 3 AM review sessions.. This includes adding 5-10 new kanji and sentences a day. Goal: 26/31 days

    2. Immerse in more native material when at home. Includes manga, TV, anime, whatever. Goal: 20/31 days

    3. Listen to more Japanese podcasts! My listening comprehension is crap, probably from mostly reading to study. Goal: 31/31 days

  3. I am currently working on a variety of resources, so I have somethings that I want to accomplish this month, I study only on week days:
    1) Listen 30 min. of Japanese audio per day/ Add 30 new Kanji per day/ 30 new sentences per day/ I am kind of in a power level, but not that power, hehe.
    2) I should be around 700 Kanji (which was where I stopped when I first tried kanjis), and close to 1.000 sentences.
    3)Using Habitica as a guide to remember to complete daily tasks, using Remembering the Kanji alongside with RTK mod, Kanji Kingdom to improve kana reading, and Genki I-II for new sentences

  4. 30 kanji and 30 J-J sentences out of the intermediate deck on jalup next. Also read one chapter in a manga

  5. Lower goals this month as I was hit by a car while crossing at a crosswalk a few days ago and required right hip and left hip ankle surgery.
    1. Daily Anki reviews to zero
    2. read 3 new manga
    3. watch 8 new drama.

  6. I’ve been using a variety of resources, but mostly using reading and writing. I’d like to do focus on more active listening to native media.
    1) My goal is to spend 30 mins. in active listening to native media daily. 28/31 days.
    2) I’ll use: Talk radio, television shows (variety shows, news, etc.), and internet podcasts.
    3) The strategy is to listen during breaks from usual homework, go on a walk and listen, or take a break from other things when I get home and listen.

  7. 1. My Korean 101 class will be beginning on the 17th, so I purchased a Korean grammar book written in Japanese a few weeks ago. Get through the first 8 lessons before the class begins.
    2. Create 100 J-J cards.
    3. Read at least 3 volumes of new manga.
    4. Up my listening immersion game. Listen to Japanese audio (music does not count!) for at least half an hour a day.

    • 1. I did not get through 8 lessons before the class began, but I went through 8 lessons before the end of the month.
      2. I’ve created about 70, which is still a good number.
      3. I started on the third volume today, and will finish it before the month is out.
      4. I have been immersing in mostly Korean audio instead of Japanese.

  8. 1. Finish Genki II (including the workbook).
    2. Watch a full season of one anime with subtitles in Japanese (I haven’t chosen which one yet).
    3. Complete Tadoku Challenge (mostly by reading news).

    • All goals achieved:
      1. Finished the remaining chapters of Genki II yesterday.
      2. Watched ‘Gekkan Shoujo Nozaki-kun’ (12 episodes) with subtitles in Japanese and English.
      3. Surpassed my goal on Tadoku Challenge.

  9. 1. Complete Jalup Beginner (again) on Jalup Next.
    2. At least 5 Kanji a day from Kanji Kingdom on Jalup Next.
    3. Re-start Jalup Intermediate (3rd time I’m going to own it) on Jalup Next.
    4. Continue reading my intermediate text book, pick up new vocab and add to anki.

    • 1. Done. Towards the end I was adding 100 cards per day so I finished it pretty quickly. (I’ve been doing this deck for a couple of years so it’s review).

      2. Almost. I did more than 5 per day, but towards the end of the month I skipped a few days.

      3. Done. Over 400 cards in, but I’m starting to slow down.

      4. Not done. I haven’t touched textbooks since I started NEXT.

  10. 1 finish the next lesson of my current japanese book (manekineko)
    2 Be able to make easy sentences with ease
    3 learn the most as possible vocabulary from the kanji i’m studying this month
    4 read a some pages of yotsuba every day
    5 translate one short news per week

  11. I was just referred to this site so I’ll jump in with both feet a few days late.
    My goals:
    1. Find a text book
    2. spend 10 minutes daily studying
    3. Listen to 2 podcasts a week

    • May I shameless suggest you try Jalup NEXT during this challenge? You can try the first 100 cards of the Jalup Elementary deck for free and you get the Kana deck (Kana Conqueror) for free and you also get the first 100 cards of a Kanji study deck (Kanji Kingdom) for free as well. Since you are just starting I figured this would be a good time to suggest it. I can personally vouch for how fun it is to use and how fun the content is to learn. So, you’ll check it out, right? :’) No matter what you end up doing, Welcome to Jalup!

  12. My goals are:
    1. Do 10 kanji/day, 25words/ day and min. my own 10 sentences/day.
    2.Find and finish reading a manga
    3. Be surround by japanese television as much as possible.

  13. There’s only one thing I truly need to do this month:

    ① Finish JALUP Beginner, as well as a separate deck of sentences from Genki. Together, that’s about a thousand cards, which is *absolutely* within my power. With that, I will have at last slain my most hated foe, J-E.

    Stretch Goals!
    ② Learn to write 1000 kanji. I can currently write around 850.
    ③ Learn the lyrics to 3 songs. Become karaoke master.
    ④ Grind to Level 15. That will probably just happen after doing ①, but it’s nice to have it written down.

    • I made a considerable dent in my decks (~500 cards), but I was overtaken by review hell halfway through the month. Even though they were enough to take me to Level 15, my daily study sessions just weren’t long enough to get through everything. The length of time I spend studying is the next number I’ll focus on bumping up.

  14. Being late for these goal setting posts has become a habit for me. But no more. I’ll even add it as a goal:

    1. Update my goals for January and set goals for February on time!
    2. Read Japanese Graded Readers Level 2 volume 3
    3. Get back into playing Pokemon X. My goal will be getting 1 gym badge, that should be possible.
    4. Keep my sentence deck under control – 0 reviews almost every day.
    4. Lower my kanji reviews. Currently they are around 850, anything lower than that by the end of the month will be a win.

    • 1. In progress right now :D
      2. Done and have ordered level 3 volume 1
      3. This hasn’t happened yet. I did play some, but not enough at all.
      4. Done! :D
      5. I have decided to start over with Kanji Kingdom on Jalup NEXT, so I have set the review and new card count to 0 for both my Anki kanji decks since I simply couldn’t manage to get them down and starting over seems like a better approach. I’m 228 cards in on NEXT and blazing through them so far.

      • Oh and I forgot… Netflix Denmark has started to get anime that is not dubbed (hurray!) so I have watched 亜人 this month too and started watching クロムクロ. Still with subtitles though as I’m using it to relax. But I’m recognizing a lot more of the conversation patterns and many more words than I have been doing before. So it still reinforces words I might otherwise have forgotten.

  15. I’m a little late to post my goals, but I would like to do it anyway to help keep me on track.
    My studying always comes in fits and starts. Right now I am trying to catch up from where I dropped off last month, so that’s my 1st big goal…my 2nd goal will be to MAINTAIN studying through discipline and not stop again.

    Catch Up
    1. JALUP Beginner Reviews (currently 146 due)
    2. Kanji Kingdom Stage 1 & 2 Reviews (254 & 8)
    3. Core 10K (currently 74 due)

    4. Jalup Beginner, Kanji Kingdom, Core 10K reviews
    5. Get more listening practice in each day (minimum 1 hr) through Podcasts, Japanese TV or dramas.

    6. Core 10K – unsuspend all vocabulary from Genki I and II (these should all be easy review words)
    7. Begin Jalup Intermediate with 5 cards a day

    This is my first time making solid goals, so I am not sure if I made too many…we shall see.

    • Ok, the results of my plan are below:

      1. JALUP Beginner Reviews (currently 146 due)
      2. Kanji Kingdom Stage 1 & 2 Reviews (254 & 8)
      3. Core 10K (currently 74 due)
      4. Jalup Beginner, Kanji Kingdom, Core 10K reviews
      5. Get more listening practice in each day (minimum 1 hr) through Podcasts, Japanese TV or dramas.
      6. Core 10K – unsuspend all vocabulary from Genki I and II (these should all be easy review words)
      7. Begin Jalup Intermediate with 5 cards a day


      1. JALUP Beginner Reviews – Completely caught up
      2. Kanji Kingdom Stage 1 & 2 Reviews – Still in progress of catching up
      3. Core 10K (currently 74 due) – Completely caught up; unsuspended 10 additional cards a day (Genki I complete; slowly working on getting through all Genki II)
      5. Get more listening practice in each day (minimum 1 hr) through Podcasts, Japanese TV or dramas.
      7. Begin Jalup Intermediate with 5 cards a day (reduced this to 3 cards a day; maintaining reviews!!)

  16. I used Anki with two decks I built from scratch and a deck I modified for my purpose to learn the Genki Vocabulary. I’m around level 20.

    The official goal was

    Learn all Genki Kanji
    Learn all Genki Vocabulary
    Refresh myself on all Basic Grammar.
    Be prepared to kick ass in an upper level Japanese class despite having only taken 100 level.

    I didn’t publicly post what my goal was for this January (until now), but I accomplished it. I learned all the Kanji required for a 300 level Japanese class I decided to brazenly jump into. I also memorized all of the grammar in Essentials of Japanese Verbs and Grammar through cloze deletion flashcards I made where I give the english explanation of the grammar and have to guess the grammar from that and the context of the sentence. I also memorized the vocabulary I would need to know for the class. I think I partially didn’t mention it here because I was doing J-E even though I have already started J-J. So it was like I was regressing I guess. But, nonetheless, I will be able to pass my classes because of all of my efforts. Now whether or not I will be able to hold a solid conversation at the level of the rest of my classmates is a different story. That I will struggle with for the rest of the semester. I am also writing this because I just want to share my accomplishment because it was really hard and I had to sacrifice my entire winter break. Well Cheers!

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