I normally hang out in @ariariari’s log but thought I’d make one for an attempt at RTK.
Old Studying History:
- Previously studied RTK using recognition/RTK-lite. I don’t have my old Anki but I got through around 800-1000 kanji.
- Individual vocab study with Anki Core6k to ~3k vocabulary
- Completed old TaeKim decks.
- Passed N5 years back with a real mixed skill set. It was hard due to all the kana and my lack of studying grammar production (I could read far above this level). Then took a huge break from studying Japanese.
New Studying History:
- Moved to Japan last August and realised how much I suck at Japanese.
- Started studying again last October and applied for the N4 to kickstart my studies.
- Passed N4 in December. Apart from listening – which I didn’t prepare for – the test was a doddle. I had enough time to do the test twice and still twiddle my thumbs
- Took a mini break until April and applied for the N3 this summer.
I decided to study RTK going keyword -> kanji (production) before failing N3 in the summer. I preferred recognition before as it’s faster, but found production on iKnow helped me with recollection and production helped me with the kanji questions back when I did N5. In addition, being in Japan writing kanji is not a useless skill. I actually hate that I struggle to write the kana! (I learned the kana using recognition…)
I feel like I should be able to make quick progress as I have N4 and know a lot of random kanji from RTK-lite recognition and vocab study. No worries about N3, I just don’t know if I’ll have the time to study RTK and N3 materials. I’ll do some grammar study, but I am not going to burn myself out for it. Plus I feel having a better grasp on the kanji will help going forward.
I study using kanji.koohi.com — as I tend to just tweak Anki and not study.
Stats so far:
Day 1 (23rd April) — Added 75 new cards (chapter 1-4 complete!). Just a few thousand to go!