I didn’t have one on Koohii, but going to start now
I first started learning Japanese in 2009. I’ve been rather intermittent with it, including some long stretches of hardly studying while I was busy with other things, and I don’t have much idea of how much time I’ve really put in. As far as I remember, it went something like this:
- RTK classic method with Koohii community stories. I wasn’t even serious about learning Japanese at first - I’d heard that kanji were super hard, and was curious about whether this weird method really did what it claimed.
- Learned kana and did some pronunciation practice using sentences with audio.
- Started reading Tae Kim’s grammar guide.
- Did about 1000 sentence-reading cards from Core 2K.
- Switched to vocab-reading cards, selected from things I was trying to read. (I started using Yomichan for Chrome when it was released later.)
- Worked through the dialogs from Japanesepod101 up to Beginner level (dialog track + PDF, ignoring the podcast), adding vocab to Anki and re-listening to previous audio.
- Worked through a good proportion of the JW’s わたしの聖書物語の本, adding vocab to Anki and re-listening to previous audio. A lot of the grammar was a mystery until much later…
- Along the way, Satori Reader was released, and I’ve been following it enthusiastically, adding vocab to Anki and re-listening to previous audio.
- Worked through “Japanese Sentence Patterns for Effective Communication”, with some E-J production cards. (I’d tried to read this book before, but found it had too much unknown vocab until recently.)
- After a while on Satori Reader, native material started to feel possible, but I’m still only reading small amounts. I need to increase this a lot for the next stage.
- I’m watching anime on Crunchyroll, each episode twice, unsubbed followed by English subs.
Anki vocab: 5694 active, 5481 mature, 418 overdue.
Anime: Currently watching “That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime” (up to #19) and “The Rising of the Shield Hero” (up to #7).
Reading: Not much recently. I think I’ll return to it by looking at Yotsubato! again (I have the first 5 as paper books).