2021 Goals?

Pretty much the title.

Anything specific to Japanese in your new year’s resolutions? Read your first book, go to Japan, take a class, try the JLPT or Kantei, finish some Anki deck, etc.

It’s always interesting to revisit these threads :slight_smile:


I mentioned this in my study log, but my only Japanese goal for the year is to keep going at it. Nothing specific or grand, just keep enjoying the things I enjoy and learn what comes along with it.

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The biggest change for me this year is ramping up my speaking practice. Start this Thursday with italki. Nervous but I think it will really move the needle forward for me.


Mostly reading for me, I think I need to set my books target lower but this time with more ‘quality’ – for example, finishing a book, reading more wordy content.

My listening still lags behind, so I guess I should really start ploughing my way through more JP subtitled (or not) content.

Since I don’t know my N3 result, the first goal will be to pass N3! Then a real attempt at N2 at the end of the year. Right now, just the name is rather daunting.

Speaking always seems to be the final hurdle がんばれ!


Thanks. For listening if you asked me 6 months ago I was suffering there as well. I spent the last 6 months doing a ton of podcasts and finally am making serious progress. So for me podcasts at the right level was the trick. Nihongo Con Teppei. Before that I was trying harder stuff and it was slow going.

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For this year I would like to read at least 52 Japanese novels and write reviews for each one.

Also am planning on moving to Japan in a few years and would like to work on saving as much money as a can before I move.

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I did this a couple of years back (but without the review-writing part!) – for me it was a challenging but achievable goal. My recommendation is to work backwards from the annual target to define a benchmark for how many pages you need to aim to read every day – I figured a book was on average about 350 pages, and 52 books is one a week, so I knew I had to read at least 50 pages a day. For me a daily goal was psychologically more useful, and it gave immediate feedback on whether I was on target for the overall goal. I also found the Tadoku contests good for motivation to put in occasional bursts of more intensive reading, which I needed to catch back up from drifting below my target daily average sometimes.

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Thanks for the tips! Yeah having page goals is really useful. I work 12-16 hour shifts 3 times a week so have an idea of the average number of pages I have to read on my days off are super important.

Yes! I really like using Tadoku as a tracker for pages. Its really fun and motivating to see everyone else trying hard and putting in the time as well.

What is your reading like now?

I can read most modern fiction fairly easily without a dictionary (which doesn’t mean I know all the words in it!). There are definitely some books that I make much slower progress through than others, though – I have some historical fiction which is a huge slog because of all the unfamiliar personal and place names and other words.

It’s hard to say what effect my book-a-week year had – it certainly didn’t cause a huge step change in either reading fluency or speed that I’ve noticed, though the total volume read must have helped my vocab, etc. I think that’s because it was really just putting in more time reading rather than having some breakthrough in reading speed – my “average-to-good year” before that year was about 20-25 books, and that hasn’t changed.