I was supposed to update regularly – what happened to that plan? I guess life happened.
I was not able to keep to the schedule I planned in March, when I last wrote here. Only now did I finally cover all of N5 kanji, grammar and vocabulary. But I gess it’s my own fault – on one hand I didn’t really have time or motivation, and on the other hand – I decided that I will know kanji for every N5 word. Crazy, huh?
But I did cover all the grammar points. At first I only read and tried my best to memorise all my grammar notes, as well as all the grammar notes from Genki I. And I thought I had it down fine. But then I took the mock exam. And apparently I suck at grammar! I only had about 75% at it, which is NOT GOOD considering I can actually read everything and understand it. Grammar questions at the JLPT can be very confusing, huh?
So I decided to enter all the example sentences into Anki as a cloze deck – I would have to actually work on it to get a sentence I wanted.
And it worked! On the second mock exam I got 98%. Finally.
What’s next? I guess JLPT N4 is next – in other words:
- Memorise all vocabulary from Genki II
- Add the vocabulary from Tanos
- Work on Kanji
- Remember the grammar points (and sample sentences) from Genki II
- Supplement it all with all the sample sentences from DoBJG
Whish me luck!
To be honest – it’s not the first time I have posted here. But it’s been almost 5 years since my last post and so – I have decided to redo the whole blog-thing I had here.
I believe I should start from the introduction. I started studying Japanese in high school, 8 years ago. I have diligently studied it for the whole high-school period of 3 years and passed N3 exam in 2011, after I finished school.
Later I started my beloved university. I always loved studying so I picked the most time-consuming major I could find. Which just makes me a masochist, doesn’t it? Anyway – my major was not truly HARD, but God, it was truly time-consuming. For most of the last 5 years I spent at least 40 hours a week in classes – my lightest semester had 32 hours of compulsory classes. And now I sound just as if I’m giving excuses… and maybe I am? Due to all this I have neglected studying Japanese. I read things every once in a while, but I realised that while I can UNDERSTAND the gist of the novels I read, I can’t truly READ what them. Just as an example:
先入観. I know it means preconception or prejudice, but is it さいにゅうかん, せんにゅうかい? Or something else? In fact it’s せんにゅうかん. They all sound similar, don’t they?
And now, that I am about to graduate from uni, I decided to finally do something about this whole mess. I want to pass N2 exam in summer 2017. Why so long? That’s the time I want to PASS it. By summer 2016 I want to be at N3 level or something around that. After this I want to learn everything I need to know for N2 by winter 2016 – after this? Immersion and tons of reading. I wonder if it can be done this way.
So how will I start to do it?
- Redo all kanji, grammar and vocabulary for N5 and N4 – I will use Genki I and II, Nihongo Challenge and some of my own old materials. I assume this would be the part where I would be simply ‘reminding myself’ of what I actually knew all along.
- With this step I assume I will study form scratch. Even though I passed N3 I would by no means say I was ever at N3 level – I think it was some sort of a miracle. So step 2 would include studying from Nihongo Sou Matome and Shin Kanzen Master books.
- The last step includes Nihongo Sou Matome and Shin Kanzen Master books yet again – just on N2 level instead.
Wish me luck. I will be posting my progress, tips and thoughts as I go along.