Can’t find the Time to Study Japanese — 5 Comments

  1. It took me 6 months to figure out a strategy that works for me. Others *might* benefit.
    Suppose I have X reviews that day.I mix up my new cards and reviews.
    1. I do X/3 reviews the moment I wake up/bathroom/breakfast.
    2. Whenever I need to go to bathroom, walking along, looking to something on phone etc. I sneak my phone with me. Overall I can manage X/3 reviews at “work/study area”.
    3. X/6 reviews going to and fro from “work/study area”
    4. Immersion time. This takes 1-5 hours depending on external factors.
    5. Make new cards for the next day and add them.
    7. Sometimes I re-review my missed cards.
    8. Repeat.
    Basically I split my reviews. The best part is that I am in contact with Japanese once every 1 hour. That’s why higher number of new cards don’t faze me because I do only ~12 new cards per session.

    • My review rhythm is very similar to yours.

      1. I do about 100 reviews in the morning before I go to work. This is approx. X/3 for me.
      2. I do about 10-15 while getting to/from work. This is mostly elevator time and similar, as work is too busy for me to do more than that. I do however immerse on my phone at my station.
      3. I do about 30-50 cards while I do the groceries after work. Queues don’t really bother me anymore :)
      4. Take the trash down? That’s another 5-10 cards right there. Living on the 5th floor isn’t so bad :D
      5. And then I grind the rest during the early evening.
      6. Finish off with some immersion.
      When the reviews start getting to me, I do them in burst of 20-40 at a time. I find that the renewed energy from this makes me do them faster and more efficiently… and that’s what I just did – Time for the last 50 reviews of the day.

      • > Take the trash down? That’s another 5-10 cards right there. Living on the 5th floor isn’t so bad :D

        I might have to borrow this idea, though maybe at the risk of breaking my neck :D

  2. I think for me, it is extremely important to have a routine, and a daily checklist (I use HabitRPG, now Habitica, for this, but there are other programs as well).

    I am a housewife right now, so I do have a bit more time for studying than a lot of people, especially as immersion goes rather nicely with housework. Still, there are times when I am busier than others, i.e., holidays and times when we have guests.

    Having a regular routine is really helpful for the busy times, because I know what is absolutely essential to do every day (i.e., my Anki reviews), and what can be allowed to lapse during busy times (i.e., looking up new words to add to my Anki deck, handwriting practice, nado, nado). Then when I do have time, I do not waste the time I have deciding what to do. For me, if I have to decide what to do, I spend all of my time trying to make the decision, and by the time I decide, I am too tired to actually do anything. With a routine, it is already decided for me, so I can just pick up where I left off when the busy time is over with.

    Also, I have an Eigo kinshi rule for myself with respect to what I play, watch, and listen to when I am home alone during the day. The Eigo kinshi rule is helpful because when I relax, I have to do it in Japanese. I think that setting my electronics to Japanese has helped too, as it creates a passive situation where I need Japanese.

    I know that there are those who can not abide by routines, and I am not sure what to say if that is the case. For me, though, routines are absolutely essential, particularly during busy times.

  3. 答えて有り難う御座います!なるほど。確かに、自分のスケジュールをみて、空いている時間があるし、別にやらなくてもいいこともあります。これからは自分だけの日本語スケジュールを作ってみます!そして、Ankiについては、あのコメントを書いてから、もっと使うようになりました。もう一つの問題があるに気付いていました。それは、僕が目的がなかったことです。僕はjapaneselevelupを探してから、このリンクを見つけました:。それが僕には、面白いことでした。わくわくしました!僕がJalup Advancedを持って、勉強するようになりたいと思いました。ビジュアルノベルを読めるためにです。それが僕の今の目的です。新しい質問を考えると、またコメントをします!;D

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