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Achieving Your Japanese Goals – October 2017 — 21 Comments

  1. 1. Add at least 350 new kanji;
    2. Add at least 500 new beginner sentences;

    I’m using Jalup NEXT, during the day I’ll review the expired cards to make sure I remember them and I’ll add the new ones on the evening.

  2. Goal: Finish RTK in roughly a month.

    I’m going with a steady maximum of 65 new cards per day, but without being too harsh if I only manage 40 in some days. Going at it daily is way easier with a bit of tolerance.
    I’m going old school, using Anki, incorperated with my beloved Load Balancer Add-on and a Gamepad for easier reviewing (Works really nice for NEXT, too :D)

  3. × Finish JALUP Expert- I expect to have 1300 cards left by the end of September so we’ll see if I get there, won’t cry about it if I dont.
    × Go through all of JLPT N2 grammar
    Watch or read something daily
    × Finish all Anki reviews daily, especially when I go in vacation at the end of the month

    I finallt see the finish line for the JALUP decks which has been a huge motivator! Ready to just conquor it.

  4. Two hours of Anki and two hours of immersion each day. This will be the month I hit both goals.

    I’ll also finish JALUP Advanced Stage 1 and 2, and JALUP Beginner Situations.

    Shadowing: I’ve started doing it. I don’t have a particular goal in mind, besides keeping it up.

  5. Due to my busy schedule, I haven’t been able to go at a fast pace in RTK. Even so, I want to finish within the next two months, so I devised a plan to make it within that time.

    This month, I need to:

    -Learn at least 654 kanji
    -Start learning kanji readings and identify the ones I need most
    -Find new immersion material

    I’ll be using Anki, Quizlet, and Kanji Koohii for this. These will be my major goals for October, but picking up new vocabulary will be great too. Onward!

  6. I just want to pick up where I left off in September.

    1. Immersion while I do my school stuff. (Radio or audio only of various shows and movies.)

    2. Continue with extensive reading. (I have a bunch of novels and scripts in Japanese as well as a few miscellaneous books.)

    3. Get through at least 500 kanji (KLC).

    4. Complete Genki 1, integrating it into the rest of my studies.

    5. Catch up on Japanese media over the weekends.

  7. 1)Study at least 60 new kanji in my Renshuu N1 kanji study schedule; spend at least a little time studying every day

    Resources: http://www.renshuu.org and my own kanji flashcards

    2)Except when necessary (E-J or cases where I am trying to figure out what the English equivalent is to a particular term for a J-E translation), look up unknown Japanese vocabulary for translation purposes in Japanese. Start looking up kanji origins in Japanese (at least in cases where the kanji is not included in Henshall’s A Guide to Remembering Japanese Characters).

    Resources: https://dictionary.goo.ne.jp (国語辞典) and https://okjiten.jp/ (漢字の成り立ち)

    3) Finish reading 「経済・経営」and 「日本の象徴」in『日本文化の英語で紹介する辞典』(Japanese side)

    Resources: 『日本文化の英語で紹介する辞典』(本)

  8. Time to switch focus on a few things. While maintaining my usual Anki load, I’d like to add more things for speaking/listening.

    1. Do 1 lesson a week in iTalki, hopefully more
    2. Find some more audio to listen to while commuting

  9. This past month was a crash course in the dangers of over-booking myself. I’ll dial it back a bit this month.

    1. Jalup Intermediate – currently at 256/1000, get to 450/1000 (stretch goal: 500/1000); I really want to finish it by the end of the year, but that may be difficult, especially as the semester gets more hectic.

    2. RTK – currently at 1500/2200, get to 1600/2200 (stretch goal 1650/2200) – which also puts me at 1000 kanji learned in only 10 months! My goal is to have it all done by the end of next semester.

    3. Finish 日常 (Nichijou); 16 episodes left

    I may add more Kanji Kingdom cards; I’m at 62/2300, and I’ve been adding a handful of new ones at random.

    • How difficult is it to understand 日常 at your current level? About what percentage of it do you understand?

      I’m curious because I’m currently going through Jalup Beginner aiming to get to Intermediate by the end of the year (a pretty reasonable goal even if I slowed down the pace) and the two things I wanted to immerse in when I get to start Intermediate were よつばと! (which I’ve already got my hands on the first volume) and 日常.

      • My listening skills are woefully behind, so I can pick up only a couple of words here or a sentence there. However, for the most part, the jokes in 日常 rely just as much on the visual as they do on the words, so I’ve managed to get by while only picking up on maybe 5% of the dialogue.

        I have been picking up on more things as the series has worn on, though, so that’s a good sign!

        I would highly recommend watching 日常. It’s a fun show that presents slice of life scenarios with the intensity and melodrama of ドラゴンボール or 遊戯王 (Yu-Gi-Oh!). It’s full of wacky and random humor. School principals wrestling deer, a girl “powering up” to catch a hot dog that’s gone flying. Crazy, zany fun!

      • My listening skills are weak, so I only understand about 5% of the dialogue. A word here or there, maybe a simple sentence. Fortunately, most of the jokes are visual, so I can still follow almost every scene. There are a few dialogue heavy scenes, with little going on visually, but those are few and far between.

        I highly recommend Nichijou. It’s a fun show and easy to follow, even if you don’t know any Japanese.

  10. I’m currently in a very comfortable spot where I’m past 9500 sentences and have a solid daily routine for Anki, so I no longer need any ambitious goals in this direction. I need to focus more on my listening ability as I am still quite weak in that direction.

    * Jalup Beginner Situations, do as many new cards as I’m comfortable with each day. This is helping to structure my listening learning.
    * Immerse lots (listening) – this is obviously what I need to focus the most on to improve in this area.

  11. 1. Add the 88 new cards from the Orange section of immersion stage 3
    2. Read 2 manga
    3. Watch 6 dramas.

  12. Hey! First time doing this so I’m super stoked! :)
    1. Get skype partner(s);become proficient at basic conversation by the end of the month.
    Resources: Skype, mixi, internet friends
    2.Make phone into a proper immersion device.
    Resources: phone, software to download stuff, media
    3.Kanji. Reinforce the Kanji I learned from Kanjidamage(with more in-depth info, more review), create and study a deck for remaining joyo, write down kanji that come up in daily life that I can’t remember instantly
    Resources: kanjialive, anki, notepad and paper
    4.Reading and Writing. Buy some books off of Amazon, read some blogs, etc. Start writing journals and get them corrected by a native.
    Resources: books, blogs, maybe zines, journal correcting sites
    5.Grammar. I love imabi lately, so my goal is to do 2 or so lessons of that daily. Also, I’m planning on buying the 日本語文型辞典. Maybe some Tae Kim to round out the imabi.
    Resources: imabi, the japanese grammar dictionary, tae kim
    Woo-hoo! Here’s to a month of awesome Japanese learning, 皆様!<3

  13. 1. Do my reviews every day.
    2. Add some cards every day.
    3. Immerse as much as possible, aim for 24-hour contact with Japanese every day throughout the entire month.

  14. This month I want to read manga and watch anime everyday, get my reviews down to zero, and complete half of Jalup Expert.

    I will be using NEXT and Anki. I will be re-reading Yotsubato. Compared to last year, reading Yotsubato is a breeze and at least as funny as the first time I read it. I will be watching Naruto and Dragon Ball Super on Cruncyroll. And I will be watching Deathnote and movies like Howl’s Moving Castle.

    I will try to wake up at 6 or earlier to do my reviews and adding and read Yotsubato on the bus and watch anime at night or when I am bored/have free time.

  15. Three days ago, my girlfriend broke her arm and will have two operations next week, one on her arm and one for another illness, we have a 18 month old child, which got a middle ear infection yesterday, and today I cut my index finger really bad while cooking for the sick ones. We’re wrecked and the month will be hell.

    Nevertheless, I will add 10 new sentence cards, 15 Kanji Kingdom cards, and 10 Tae Kim cards a day to my deck, and work all my reviews down to zero daily.

  16. This month I’m taking it slow(ish).

    Week of 10/9: I’m power leveling Anki and passive listening! I’m going to listen to podcasts while I’m asleep, learn 50 new kanji per day and finish my entire backlog of JALUP Intermediate. I am also completing 3 reviews per day of the theme pack so I can add additional notes. 1 episode of a Netflix JP dub each night. I may be able to find a US show I’ve already watched.

    10/16 onward: 20 new kanji per day, 5 new Intermediate cards and 1 new theme card each day while inundating my ears with podcasts, awake or not. Sticking with 1 episode per day.

    Keeping it as simple as possible while I catch up with other life tasks.

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