Achieving Your Japanese Goals – March 2018 — 15 Comments

  1. I’m going to continue using the Kodansha Kanji Learner’s Dictionary + Anki, hopefully remembering to do my reviews every day lol. I’m currently adding 10 new cards a day, which seems solid for right now. My goal for this month is at least 100 new kanji solidified in my memory.

    Also, I’m trying to read as many articles on NHK Easy News as I can. Even if I can’t understand most of it, I want to try and get more reading practice. I found an awesome app called TangoRisto that takes NHK articles and lets you click on words for definitions, so that helps.

    Finally, continue using Memrise and Bunpro for vocab/grammar study. And maybe find some other application to help with that too, cause grammar is probably my weakest subject.


  2. 1. Continue Beginner Situations stage 2 at 1 card per day.
    2. 2 new kanji per day.
    3. 6 new J-J sentences per day.
    4. Lots of immersion, especially listening.

    My review load was getting a bit low, so I have decided to turn up the pace on Kanji. A slight increase for my J-J cards as well is needed to keep up with the extra sentences that the kanji change will result in.

  3. To many reviews with my strategy of strict reviewing last month (800 cards per day for 1 week and not going down) so I decided to start anki over again. Will go through the beginner deck within the first 2 weeks and then add the first 100 cards from intermediate. I’ll be very strict and make sure I understand both the word and the definitions this time. Somewhat discouraging to do but what I was doing wasn’t working so need to try something else. Other goals are to read 2 manga and watch 8 dramas.

  4. 1. Complete JLPT N1 vocabulary. Add 35 new cards a day. Limit reviews to avoid overload in core Anki time.
    2. Take care of the residual reviews on dead times like transport, lines, etc.. Try to keep it below 500.
    3. Read Suzumiya Haruhi to end of chapter 1.
    4. Shadow any new NISJ and the ones you missed last month.
    5. Review kanji SRS to 0 every now and than.

  5. 1. Advanced 400/1000
    2. RTK 2000/2200.
    3. Finish Nichijou.
    4. Finish White Rabbit Press Graded Readers Level 2.

  6. I’m almost over with Jalup Intermediate, woohoo! I’ve had a lot of fun with this deck, it was more stimulating than Jalup Beginner. That’s not to say I haven’t had troubles with some of the more abstract definitions though, and I’m still not clear on most of them. Time will make them settle down I guess. I’m eager to start Jalup Advanced on Tuesday!

    Here are my goals for this month:

    -Reach 250/1000 cards on Jalup Advanced [270 new cards as of now]
    (current progress: 980/1000 on Jalup Intermediate)

    -Reach 1850/2300 cards on Kanji Kingdom [156 new cards as of now]
    (current progress: 1694/2300)

    Let’s see next month how Jalup Advanced works out for me.

    • I promise you that when you are about halfway through Expert, you will consider most of the cards in Intermediate trivial :)

  7. 1. Study 140 Sentences from Jalup Intermediate (Rn I am at 987 new cards in my deck, so at the end of this month it should be down to (opening calculator app cuz I suck at calculating) 847 unseen cards. This makes an average of about 5 to 6 cards a day, leaving some space for busy days)

    2. Get at least 1 hour of passive immersion per day (through listening to Japanese YT videos and so on while waiting for the bus in the morning, walking home from the bus stop, cooking and eating)

    3. Read Yotubato Vol. 7 up to the end of the 43th chapter (page 48)

  8. I just have some basic goals this month. Work stress really got to me this past month so I just want to take it easy – which is a little hard for me but it’s for the best to prevent burnout.

    – Get to 500 cards in Expert 1 (currently 90 cards in)
    – Get to 300 cards left in RTK (currently at 384)
    – Don’t add cards to Anki when you don’t feel like it
    – Complete anki daily
    – Pick up one drama, any length, and finish it

    Need to expand my horizons a bit on TV watching. I am almost done with a drama called Clover which I really like, but I should watch some more outside of more Kamen Rider/Ultraman binging.

  9. I intend to finish up my Joyo Kanji meaning cards this month. With only 50 left right now, I should accomplish that next week at my rate of 5 new cards per day. Not a moment too soon, my reviews level on this deck is getting a bit crazy, commonly between 150 and 200 reviews per day.

    I’ve been extracting vocabulary/grammar sentences from Genki 1 the past month, and I feel this is going well. I think the main weakness I had with the Jalup decks is that there were not enough examples of specific grammar points. For instance, I have many cards with the pattern “place の location” point – this is pretty easy to set up with the Genki exercises. I’m also have a much more active way of doing cards, where when the vocabulary word is introduced, it is written purely in hiragana and bolded, and I write down the kanji/kana before looking at the answer. Passively reading sentences just wasn’t doing it for me. I feel my success rate is much better doing it this way, although the sentences are pretty simple. I’m doing 5 sentences per day, but towards the end of the month I will probably up it to 10 per day since I will be finished with the kanji (with a bit of time to cool off the reviews in that deck). Of course, I will be limited by how much time I have to add new sentences.

  10. I don’t have a concrete goal this month. I just want to get back in the habit of studying Japanese.

  11. 1. Weekly lesson with Japanese Tutor
    2. Read 2 pages of either 1 リットルの涙 or 幸せのパン a day
    3. Clear Bunpro Cards and add at least 3 new per day
    4. Listen for at least 20 mins per day (Youtube or show)
    5. Try out Jalup intermediate again
    6. Choose a Dialogue to read and listen to for the week from Tobira

  12. A little late to the party but here goes.

    1. Your specific goal(s)
    Complete 300 intermediate cards and all their associated kanji.

    2. Resources you will use
    Intermediate deck.

    3. Game plan/strategy
    Just trudge along. From what I’ve read this deck is one of the absolute worst and I’ll just have to get through it no matter what. It won’t be fun, but I will be glad I persevered when it’s over.

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