- Kanji: 632 total, 61 this week. This includes 133/200 grade 4 kanji.
- Vocab: 1105 total, 96 this week.
- At the end of 52 weeks, at this week’s rate, I’ll have seen 3072 kanji and 4945 vocabulary cards.
- Correct this week: Young, 74.2%; Mature, 93.6%.
Acceptable correct percentages this week. The bad news, though, is that I’m beginning to find it more and more difficult to complete my daily reviews. I spent slightly more time on reviews this week, though I actually had one fewer rep than last week. I am considering lowering my number of daily kanji once I’ve completed the kyouiku kanji: there are 407 of those to go, so it’ll take me another six weeks, roughly. I would hate to have to do that, but I fear I won’t keep up with my reviews if I have to do so many of them every day.
One other thing to note: I did only 61 kanji this week, rather than the usual 70. This is due to my doing a day of almost entirely vocab and sentences, since I felt those were easier, and I had not slept the night before. This didn’t reduce the number of reps I had to do (which makes me fear that they’ve not yet topped off), but it was valuable anyway: the sentences are much better for practicing recalling and writing kanji than just the ‘write the described kanji’ flashcards I’ve been doing.
An example ‘fill in the kanji’ card looks like:
Presented the front side, I’m to rewrite the blue part using kanji–I should produce the blue part of the back side. I’ve chosen to include the okurigana with this, which I think is probably useful. Although, it’s my impression that sometimes certain of the kana are not written, and other times they are, apparently at the whim of the writer, so it may not be perfect. Of course, these cards don’t have me just converting single kanji–rather, I take a sentence card like “漢字は中国から来ました。”, and create cards for 漢字, 中国, and 来ました–which is to say, any word containing kanji. It’ll make a large number of cards, and include lots of duplication for common words, but I think that’s fine: if I know them well, I won’t see any particular card very often, and if the kanji are very common, it’ll be beneficial for me to know them very well indeed, so there’s no problem with seeing them repeatedly.
On to less pleasant news: I’ve fallen rather behind on reading my textbook. Since last week, I’ve completed only two grammar lessons and one writing lesson. I mean to begin making up for it this week–I should be able to do both a writing and a grammar lesson in a single day without much trouble, but I will probably still come in behind my target completion date.
Also bad: I’m still not capable of reading Sailor Moon without heavy reliance on a dictionary. This is in large part my fault, since I didn’t take the time to transcribe it and then extract the vocabulary I’d need to learn to be able to read it. Frankly, between the large amount of review time and certain other obligations, I have felt like if I wanted to actually get done everything I wanted to in my Japanese study, I’d have to completely give up on any free time, which I’d rather not do. Of course, I’d rather be able to quickly learn Japanese with no effort, but that’s also not happening. If things calm down a bit and I can get to transcribing Sailor Moon, I may be able to learn enough vocab to be able to read it fairly well within two weeks. I had hoped to be able to begin with it around this time, but it seems that it was not to be.
Well, let’s look at frequency. This week, my known kanji and word percentages, by frequency, are 28.3% and 17%, up from 26.5% and 16.3%, respectively. My seen percentages are more encouraging: 71% and 25.4%. I certainly have quite a bit to go, but it’s a bit of a morale boost to know that I have a fair chance of recognizing around three in four kanji I encounter, and I actually should recognize more than one in four.
What’s left to say? During the last week, I’ve switched from ‘review cards from largest interval’ to ‘review cards in random order’, so that I won’t have a big block of very hard cards at the end of the day. This way, they’re spread out throughout. It does make the first few sessions rather less easy, but I think that’s more than made up for by making the last few sessions less discouraging. I’ve also increased my session length from 10 to 12 minutes. The difference is small enough that I don’t really notice it while doing reviews, and I think it makes it a little easier to complete my reviews. I don’t think I’d want to increase it much more, though.
That pretty much sums it up. I hope to be able to keep up my current pace for at least the next six weeks, at which point I will probably slow down a bit to make it easier on myself. We’ll have to see how well I’m able to manage until then.