Achieving Your Japanese Goals – July 2018 — 18 Comments

  1. 1. Your specific goal(s)

    (I am a teacher on summer break.)
    -Maintain 5-6 hours a day of active immersion, with at least 3-4 other hours having passive listening on in the background.
    -Reach 6000 cards in Anki. 7000 is a stretch goal. To reach 6000 I would need to do 25 cards a day, 7000 would require closer to 50. School starts back up in August and I want a nice “bank” of words available because study time is going to decrease.

    2. Resources you will use
    -Netflix along with other sources of anime and live action programs such as Terrace House.
    -Amazon Kindle Paperwhite
    -Youtube Let’s Plays on PockySweets’ channel.
    -Subs2SRS and Kindlemate to mine the above sources of information.
    -PS4 to continue playing Persona 5, Nintendo Switch to nolife Octopath Traveler when it launches in July.

    3. Game plan/strategy
    -Each day has me busting out reviews early on, from 5 AM to 7 AM. There’s usually some downtime every 25-50 cards, average review load per day is about 350.
    -7 AM to 8 AM is a “free time,” English media is allowed, take a shower, get ready for the day.
    -8 to 8 is close to Japanese only, there’s some English to message friends, check some domestic news.
    -Post 8 PM I can play games in English, read books in English.

  2. I’m going to deliberately throw out SMART goals here – knowing that I have huge perfectionist tendencies and being too specific brings them out with a vengeance – and say, I want to keep doing what I’m doing. This is:

    -keep up with my reviews
    -Add new cards from Intermediate 3, around 6, most days. This really will get me to the end of Intermediate 3
    -Read some pages of the BLEACH manga when I have time, or whatever else I have lying around (I have quite a lot of books, honestly)
    -Watch more Hunter x Hunter! Finally, an anime I can enjoy and follow without subtitles!!!! I don’t think it’ll be hard to keep watching this :)

  3. Been making enough progress with my Anki decks (an RTK kanji deck and the JALUP Kana Conquerer deck) for the past couple months that I finally said “to heck with it” and snagged the complete Jalup Next package.

    Yes, I’m crazy like that. ;)

    Started it today, and have set myself to complete Kana Conquerer by July 13th (going very aggressively since I was already very far along in Anki and am starting over in Jalup Next, and I’ve learned to read both alphabets fairly well using various quiz apps), Jalup Beginner by the end of 2018 (that means 6 new cards per day; if I can’t keep up with that I’ll push the due date back into early 2019), and Kanji Kingdom by the end of 2019 (very good odds that’ll get pushed back into 2020 though; I was starting to really struggle with the RTK deck at around the 260 mark).

    So, yeah, basically planning to spend July polishing off the Kana Conquerer deck, though I will continue to use it for reviews for a long time, and getting off to a hopefully strong start in the Kanji Kingdom deck, while I start to finally dig into the “real thing”: the Jalup Beginner deck. :D

    • I’m only about 30 cards into Jalup Beginner and good heavens, this is MUCH more difficult for some reason than learning the kana and early kanji have been. Yeesh, I do not know why, but these early words/phrases are just a massive roadblock for me!

      Not sure how this will go, but I am stubborn and won’t give up. :D

      • Keep at it. The srs will make sure you succeed. Eventually you will get faster and faster at parsing everything. It just takes lots of practice.

        As for remembering specific vocabulary for me it really helps to come up with some silly weird mnemonic in my head for each one. Once the mnemonic sticks, it quickly falls away and you just remember the word.

        • You aren’t kidding!

          It’s only been four days, 61 cards into beginner now (with a LOT of reviewing the first 40-50 in particular and a fair bit of writing/reading/pronunciation practice, along with a few supplemental youtube videos I found) and these early cards and some basic grammar are starting to make sense to me. :) What a difference even just four days makes!

          As an extra bit of motivation, I’ve ordered the first volume of Yotsuba. I don’t expect it to make much sense on the first read-through, but I want something that can give me some real tangible sense of personal progress as I continue my beginning Jalup journey!

          I am so very, very happy that I stumbled across this site. I’ve always wanted to learn Japanese but classes aren’t really an option for me (location and demands on my time as a busy adult) and trying to come up with my own self-study method got me nowhere fast. I can’t believe how much progress I’ve made in the last two months!

          • Nice yeah I’ve started yotsuba too. I actually started it after starting intermediate. At the very beginning I understood only a tiny bit. It was hard and frustrating. But a quarter of the way through intermmediate now and I understand more like 40% and most of the rest I can guess. I am even picking up new phrases.

            • Heh, and now I’m struggling again. ;) This initial learning journey is going to be quite the roller-coaster, isn’t it?

              Also, I understand very, very little of Yotsuba (which I expected) but I am delighted to find that I can at least read most of the kana/furigana and pick up a few words here and there. It is surprising how some of the kana fonts are VERY different than what I would expect and I’m having trouble figuring out what they should be.

              On another note, is there some sort of forum/discord/slack/whatever that the Jalup community uses? I would love to follow and join in on more discussions, no doubt that will help me make sense of things as I run into stumbling blocks. :)

              I am so very happy that I finally took the plunge to start learning Japanese! And happy that Adam has built the great learning tools here at Jalup too!

  4. I was introduced to Jalup by a friend who saw me struggling with job hunting in Tokyo, RTK, Anki and this website have saved my life.
    1. Your specific goal(s)
    – Get to the middle of the Intermediate JALUP deck.
    – Get to the 1500 kanjis from RTK.
    – Start community Japanese school to polish the grammar.
    2. Resources you will use
    – Anki
    – Audio immersion 80% of my time. (Abema TV, radio, anime)
    – Finish reading Yotsuba-to! 1 with full understanding
    3. Game plan/strategy
    – Do my Anki before going to work / out home. The earlier the better.
    – Keep doing from 15 to 20 cards per day. RTK deck and Jalup Beginner/Intermediate deck.
    – Don’t miss any class of the community language school.

  5. Almost didn’t post this month. I will do very little. I am traveling almost the whole month. I’ll keep up with my rtk and jalup reviews. Not planning on adding cards. August though will be a different story. Going to hit the ground running hard and try to do 750 intermediate cards to finish it off

  6. Last month was a little rough, I definitely hit some days where there was burnout. I’m contemplating lowering my number of new cards/day.
    1) Continue reviewing RTK indefinitely.
    2) Finish Jalup Advanced at 25 new cards/day. Continue into Jalup Expert at the same rate.
    3) At least 80 minutes of new active listening a week. Add to library for passive listening later.
    4) Finish となりの関くん 2. I’m hoping I’ll have picked up a little speed from the first volume.
    5) Juggle in TEFL certification courses for job application reasons.

    I’ve found that while doing some cards at night used to work okay for me before, now that I’ve been doing this for a while if I wait I start dreading or get tired and don’t finish everything. Cards still feel like they take the majority of my day, and I can’t wait until the number of reviews starts going down. I’ll probably pause on introducing new cards after I get through jalup just to start reducing my number of daily reviews. I’m wanting to do actual things in Japanese more, especially reading-related activities.

  7. Already started the month badly by screwing up on N1 so hard I don’t even need to get the results to know it. I ran out of motivation somewhere along the way. It’s probably a bad idea try pushing it any further, so this month is for resting except for getting Anki to 0 and keeping it there. Immersion is also good as long as it’s not of the strenuous kind. Just have Japanese in the background or watch fun staff without insisting on the no-subs policy.

  8. I’m going to be going back to work in mid-July after being in Japan the past two months. Due to this, I will have to dial back on the Japanese practice. My deck currently has 837 cards in it, so if I can get over 1000 cards, I think I will be doing pretty good.

  9. 1. 1 card per day from Intermediate Situations – 8 cards to go, so should be done a week from now :)
    2. 2 new kanji per day.
    3. Learn all J-J sentence cards produced through the other goals.
    4. Lots of immersion, especially listening.

  10. Keep my iPhone in Japanese; if toggle to English for a practical, urgent need, immediately toggle back.

    “NMAD Pledge” honoured. (NMAD = Never Miss A Day) (i.e. don’t let perfectionist tendencies take an all-or-nothing approach to studying. If 10pm and no studying done, review at least ONE card. Like how seasoned meditators say, “one minute counts” (to keep the habit unbroken), one Jalup card counts.

    “Morning pledge” honoured. (i.e. Always consume at least some Japanese digital media (e.g. Japanese news) before English. Even 5 mins of struggling time on BBC Japanese site. Also, native audio content always playing in bathroom mini Bluetooth speaker in the morning.)

    Active native content consumption: watch at least one new episode of 孤独のグルメ per week, and watch My Neighbour Totoro with 9-year old twin kids — with only subtitles on (for them, but me only listening). Side note: By 14 July, my preferred immersion content (孤独のグルメ) converted from DVD to video files on my phone. (Must have portable media.)

    “Shadowing” practice through the “Listen” tab in the Jalup iPhone App at least 5 mins / day.

    730 cards learned in Jalup Beginner. Reviews not manically driven to zero every day (perfectionist risk) but *generally* kept *reasonable*.

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