(Also posted this on reddit for broader answers, but you guys are my ‘ride or die’ when it comes to Japanese so I wanted to ask)
So, two years ago, I was probably N3+. I could read manga like Angelic Layer and some shoujou fairly well with dictionary lookups, was starting to get into more advanced grammar, etc. I’d gone through core2k+, mined probably 500+ more vocab cards from whatever I was reading/studying, gone through the Dictionary of Basic Grammar and part of the intermediate, along with the N4 book and JtMW. Then my Dad died, and needless to say studying wasn’t my focus for a while. It’s been two years now and although I’ve tried, I haven’t made much progress, and I miss it. I was doing /so well/ and I hate that I’ve lost it.
Obviously I still have my Anki decks, but the grammar is overwhelming since my knowledge base has fallen so far, and the vocab is just tedious. Do I just start over? Do I try and salvage my existing decks? I primarily use recognition because my goal is to read, not produce, so all of my cards (including grammar) are recognition-based. I had been using Bunpro but I’m not sure I will since I’ve mostly started memorizing the English instead of the Japanese, so I think recognition is my best bet.
I’ve never done Genki or any really ‘basic’ textbook, and yes I’m a nerd but I really like the Dictionaries of Japanese Grammar. I’m considering starting to go through them again, adding every sentence, and start with a handful of sentences a day, then…vocab…I tend to do best with vocab in isolation, which I know tends to go against general thought processes, but. Maybe immersion and mining vocab and using yomichan or something to make cards? I’m considering reading one of the manga I have (I have several series in full, half of which I’ve read, half I haven’t) and mining as I go, that sort of thing. Do you think it would be worth going through the existing vocab deck? Should I just delete it?
I also have 780-odd mined cards and 380 cards from Kanken and Kanji in Context because I was trying to go that route to learn vocab. Does anyone still use that anymore?