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Achieving Your Japanese Goals – October 2018 — 9 Comments

  1. Okay this month will look similar to last month. My goals are:

    1) Watch and maybe complete season 2 of Food Wars no subtitles (or a different anime that may be easier to listen to if I get any suggestions I am into)

    2) Start Pimsular Japanese III in the car. Ideally get through half of it (15 lessons).

    3) Continue Terrace house. Aim for 10 more episodes.

    4) Continue adding 10 cards a day for Jalup Advanced.

    5) Keep on top of my RTK kanji reviews.

    6) Continue and ideally keep increasing immersion loop audio

    7) Remaining time will either be playing Yakuza 0, Octopath in Japanese or reading more Yotsuba

    • This month went well, I got most but not all goals. I was slowed down a bit due to some trips. My immersion slipped compared to September. Unfortunately November and December will be tricky with the holidays but it should be workable. Here are the specifics:

      Okay this month will look similar to last month. My goals are:

      1) Watch and maybe complete season 2 of Food Wars no subtitles (or a different anime that may be easier to listen to if I get any suggestions I am into)

      I made it through 12/13 episodes of season two. I really like it but feel like it has so much advanced vocabulary. I feel like I need to find something easier to make my listening more effective. Open to recommendations. I need the yotsuba of anime :)

      2) Start Pimsular Japanese III in the car. Ideally get through half of it (15 lessons).

      Just made it. 15/15 done.

      3) Continue Terrace house. Aim for 10 more episodes.

      Done. Even started season 2. I am getting much faster at reading and actually understanding a pretty good amount from reading the Japanese subs. It feels very effective.

      4) Continue adding 10 cards a day for Jalup Advanced.

      Done. Up to 570/1000 of advanced

      5) Keep on top of my RTK kanji reviews.

      Done

      6) Continue and ideally keep increasing immersion loop audio

      I would call this a failure. I did it but less than September when I wanted to do more.

      7) Remaining time will either be playing Yakuza 0, Octopath in Japanese or reading more Yotsuba

      I didn’t do any octopath. I did Yakuza though once or twice and I am understanding a little more though still a small amount. I actually did three yotsuba chapters near the end of the month. This was my biggest breakthrough. My reading speed and comprehension percent is way higher than even September. Reading yotsuba is actually enjoyable now. Very cool feeling to get some of the jokes. Most of the words I look up aren’t things I should have known. Things like the words for locusts, etc.

  2. For October I want to finish Jalup Beginner once and for all. I have 450 cards to go so if I do 15 per day I’ll finish and be some cards into Intermediate.

    My worry is that I’m only 250 cards into Kanji Kingdom though. How far do you guys think I should be in KK before tackling Intermediate?

    • Hey Diego I’ll give my advice. I didn’t do kk so this may not be super helpful. But I did do rtk which is about the same. I did all 2200 kanji before even starting beginner. It really made kanji easy to learn and many times I knew the meaning before reading the definition more or less.

      That said it is totally acceptable to not do any kanji and just go straight to beginner and learn it as you go. It varies person to person. Also important is what keeps you motivated.

      If you are enjoying beginner and not finding distinguishing kanji a burden keep going. If the kanji is confusing and hard to distinguish it will be much harder in intermediate when you go j-j. J-j is easier if you at least know kanji keywords to back you up.

      Basically keep going until you feel like not knowing the kanji and keywords is making things too difficult.

  3. 1. Finished advanced deck, have 160 cards left
    2. Read volumes 11 and 12 of 宇宙兄弟
    3. Watch at least 10 episodes of a drama

  4. This month I’ll be finishing the Expert series and putting a short break on the amount of new cards I have on until my daily reviews are at a place I like.

    1) Finish the Jalup Expert series by Oct 21 by introducing 20 new cards/day. Keep up reviews for kanji and sentences.
    2) Read となりの関くん4.
    3) 80 minutes a week of new listening material.

    I should be able to transition to more reading and listening towards the end of the month, and my November goals will probably reflect that.

    • Finished my reading goal a little early in the month, and have just been trying to get my daily reviews down. Next month will be a bit busier for me, but should be okay.

  5. Still burned out a bit and recovering from review overflow, so goal(s) will be dead simple this month.

    1. Do all reviews.

    I might add a few cards if things get a bit better, but I will not set any goals for it, as I mainly need to combat the burn out.

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