Achieving Your Japanese Goals – December 2019 — 24 Comments

  1. My December goal is to make it through at least one of the intermediate level Anki decks as well as 465 more kanji cards using the Anki Modified RTK deck. I’m planning on getting 1-2 volumes of the Yotuba series to start reading immersion and I’ll continue active and passive immersion using video and audio files from my video library.

    It will be really nice when that RTK deck is over with :).

    I’m pretty busy with family and work, so part of my strategy includes waking up at 4:30am daily (even weekends) to spend at least an hour studying Japanese while I load up on coffee for the day.

  2. I am going to commit to a few modest goals for my first official JALUP “Achieving Your Japanese Goals” post.
    I am going to complete the final 100 cards for Intermediate, and as per Jim I want to get back to RTK (currently at 612)
    I have recently upped my passive listening, but my plan for Dec is to commit to an increase in active listening.
    Finally, since my delivery arrived today, I will start reading Death Note!

    1. Complete final 100 cards of intermediate
    2. Complete 88 RTK cards
    3. Active listen to a 20-25min Anime/Drama 3 times a week
    4. Read Death Note #1

      • My aim was to get through them in 3 months (to do that I would need to do 100 cards in the next two days : )
        I have been quite casual in moving past cards that I can’t fully grasp, with an aim to doing the bulk of the content rather than spending too long on individual cards for now.
        I “star” each card that I don’t quite get, so on a day when I have less time for reviews I can consciously “complete”an unknown card and send it off for a few days.
        Once I complete the 1000 I am gong to set aside a few hours and re-review all starred cards.

        My assessment:
        Some cards I just don’t get (yet ; ), some just clicked and some inbetween!

        The beginning was really tough!! I completely agree with others that is does get easier. Particularly that you just get used to how words are described in Japanese and the language feels less intimidating as you go through the deck.

        Also, I read a post on this site somewhere, that pointed out that once you complete the deck you have learnt 2000 sentences, as you have read 1000 cards and 1000 explanations. That was a real boost to my confidence, when I realise I had achieved double :)

        How are you finding it?

        • I actually haven’t gotten started on it yet. I’m planning on getting it up and running in the next week or so.

          I’ve been trying to do the same thing with cards I don’t completely understand. Just mark it as correct but hard and move along. Usually it mostly makes sense within a few reviews. The cards do seem to reinforce each other pretty well.

    • I’m gonna make a change to my goals here as I realise that in my rush to get the end of intermediate I have begun to drown in reviews and it’s become counter productive.

      I also noticed when reading Death Note, I recognised words/phrases from the Intermediate deck, but could not say what they meant.

      This morning, I manually reset my deck back to 800 Intermediate

      My revised goal for Intermediate is now:
      1. To gain a solid understanding of the first 800 cards intermediate

  3. Also using my first comment here to leave my first “official” goals :-)

    1) Add 10 cards per day from Jalup Advanced – just started that deck after finishing Immediate a couple days ago, so I should end up at 380. I feel like I finally managed to slay that beast which is called “Japanese only” so this should be pretty easy.

    2) Finish volume 3 of Hunter X Hunter – I am somewhere in the 2nd volume so this means a couple of chapters/week. If time is left try a novel.

    3) Finish watching GTO. Have watched 5 episodes, should be easygoing because I am hooked ;-) Biggest challenge will actually be to find a way to watch them, right now I used some youtube channel with crappy quality but it is missing some episodes

    • If you watch GTO through VRV instead of Crunchyroll then you can actually turn off the subtitles and get it in good quality.

      • Thanks for the suggestion, unfortunately neither option works for me (Crunchyroll has like no shows here in Germany (unless I am mistaken), VRV is completely unavailable). So I have to stick to crappy youtube version, but at least the one which I mentioned has no subs :-)

  4. Goals

    1. Make it through at least the first 100 cards of JALUP Expert (200 if possible)

    2. Finish RTK Lite (JLPT N2 Kanji), 358 more Kanji

    3. Catch up on the 約束のネバーランド manga. 3.5 more books.

    • Ganbatte yo!

      I’ve not heard of RTK Lite before. I just did a quick google but I’m curious, which path have you been following (for reference I am at 612 on RTK full fat currently).


      • I never heard of RTK Lite, either. Seems like a pretty great idea if you’re trying to follow the concept of getting to fluency as fast as possibly. I wish I knew about that in the beginning, but I’m already at about 1,150 kanji with the modified RTK deck.

      • I got about 550 or so through regular RTK and then heard of RTK Lite and liked the idea enough to switch. I had to do some finicking with Anki to copy my regular RTK deck and turn it into an RTK Lite deck but I think it was worth it. Overall I know about 1000 Kanji with regular RTK and RTK Lite combined.

    • UPDATE: I have finished the 1st 100 JALUP Expert cards. I will focus on finishing RTK Lite for the remainder of the month and any other JALUP cards I do will be a bonus (aiming for an extra 100). I only have about 2.5 manga volumes left to catch up on in 約束のネバーランド so that shouldn’t be an issue.

  5. As I detailed in some other posts November was a super bumpy month for me as I feel like I am plateauing my listening skills big time. Combine that with a November trip and Thanksgiving I had a bad month in everything except I kept up with SRS at least. Unfortunately December is going to be crazy with the holidays so I am going to scale back my December goals and plan on a big January to get things moving again.

    For December in order of priority:
    1) Finish Jalup Master (250 cards left) I am going to do it at 15 cards a day pace so I can finish mid month and settle down reviews before the holidays.
    2) Keep reading Jalup Master Manga, finish all the first chapters
    3) Terrace House, watch last 6 episodes of part 1 of the new 2019-2020 season. New plan though to make it easier for this month. I will watch it with subs once and then in the car instead of watching it twice before the car.
    4) Try to keep up with Food Wars and SAO.

    I will see what I can get done this month before revamping my plan a bit in January.

  6. i feel like i’ve been doing really well lately! if not in skills then least mentally in terms of motivation and enjoyment of studying. i got a chance to speak in Japanese with a missionary from Japan who was at my church on a visit. we had about a 10 minute conversation at natural speed and not just talking about the weather and stuff. i understood all that he said perfectly, and even though my speaking skills are pretty bad he understood me!!! it was super validating, it being the first time i’ve actually talked to anyone in Japanese ever.

    anyway my goals are:

    * continue working through learning kanji, just doing as many cards a day as i feel i can handle
    * shadow 15-20 minutes of Xenoblade Chronicles cutscenes a day
    * continue learning grammar and stuff through Tae Kim and 日本語の森
    * learn to write 1 or 2 new kanji a day
    * 1 mango languages lesson a day

    that’s all :)

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