Japanese New Plan Tracking: Day 7

Another not so intensive day…


30 minutes of studying.


0 hours… might do it before I hit the hay…


1 hour.

Read a level 3 book from the graded readers. Extensive reading only.

Skype tutor: 1 hour lesson. We made a story. She said I typed really fast today. I didn’t think I typed any faster… but then I realized, I was thinking faster and more smoothly due to all of the reading and listening and stuff… so that’s pretty cool.

The story was about a monkey with a red butt who lived on an 遠島. (remote island)


  • Vocab: 0.5 hours
  • Grammar: 0 hours
  • Reading: 1 hour
  • Real Person: 1 hour

Total: 2.5 hours.

That was a good week. つづく


Japanese New Plan Tracking: Day 6

Today was busy,  so I got a late start. 


2 hours. Extensive reading only.

3 of the level 2 books, and 1 of the level three books. I read a few pages of another level 3 book before the timer went off.


Finished Anki. 20 minutes. This was the first thing I did this morning. Then I fell back asleep because it was like 6am.


Wrote out the vocab words, but I didn’t study any cards cuz… way too late and tired tonight. ZZzz ZZzz

  • Summary
  • Reading: 2 hours
  • Grammar: 20 minutes
  • Vocabulary: 40 minutes

Total 3 hours

Not my best day. It doesn’t matter. Momma said there’d be days like these.

Onto the next day!

Japanese Tracking New Plan: Day 5


Today was a normal working day.


Took longer than I thought to write out the cards. But the review took just as long. In total I spent an hour with vocabulary.


Finished all of my Anki cards. Wasn’t much. Maybe 38. About 20 minutes.


I did do 2 hours of extensive reading. The two hours was fun. I got through six of the level two books. I’ve read these ones before, but this time I understood everything. It actually took 2 hours and 10 minutes, cuz I just had to finish the last book that I was on. Once I start I have to just keep on going. Wish I started earlier with the reading.

The intensive reading was only 30 minutes. But It was good. I got halfway through one of the stories in the red book. I was pretty tired at this point but still had a lot of momentum from the extensive reading.


I watched some anime I’ve seen over and over. I used a dictionary to pick out words I didn’t know and then I replayed it. 🙂 Just an hour this time.


  • Vocab: 1 hour
  • Grammar: 20 minutes
  • Reading: 2 hours 40 minutes
  • Video: 1 hour

Total: 5 hours… ZZzz Zzz Zzz

Not bad for a working day. I’ve been consistent and on track.

Tomorrow I will try to read an article on the NHK Web Easy site.

No English videos again. Today I did watch one short vid in English.

I want to keep the Extensive reading and the tiny bit of Intensive reading. Vocab must be studied steadily. Can’t rush it.


Japanese Tracking New Plan: Day 4

Day 4 already? This is good. I feel like I’m moving somewhere. But today I was particularly lazy and tired. I didn’t do anything till after 12:30. Actually I can’t remember If I took a nap or not. I should have slept in more.

I did attend the LanguageCast Meetup in Busan tonight. I love going to them meetups. You get to meet a lot of chill peeps. Wish I could have stayed longer to meet some more shiny happy people.


So I decided to stay with the book’s suggestion of doing 2 pages a day. The book has a layout where if you follow the study schedule, you will get through one level of the JLPT vocab levels in about a month. So it should take you 5 months to get through the book (N1 – N5). That’s pretty cool.

Yesterday I did two days worth, and I could see that was too much for me.It took an hour and a half to review it. It took a half hour to write the words for today to flashcards. Actually I didn’t write all of them, but I did write the definitions in English on the pages in the book while I was on the train to the language Meetup in Busan.

I’ll review day 3’s N4 vocab set from the book tomorrow on my flashcards, and then write down and go over day 4’s afterwards.

Again, I’m feeling good about the vocab. I saw some of the words appear in the book that I was reading today which made me feel great.


Only extensive reading. Again, I was lazy. I did 1.5 hours. This is from the first red book, though. This is good because I knew all of the words because I looked them up the first time I was reading it. Again, they are semi-intensive. Just a few too many levels above due to the vocab and sometimes more involved sentence structures. Not for beginners at all.


Yes, I did do Anki! Woot! Not much to talk about. There was only about 40 cards to review. But I did feel pretty good about them. I’m getting through the sentences much faster and I surprise myself when I remember the readings of the Kanji.

Now I have to note, if I didn’t before, that these are grammar examples with English translations. Not actual grammar rules.



Nope, not even one. Maybe I’ll watch one before bed. like I said. It was a lazy day.


  • Vocab: 2 hours
  • Reading: 1.5 hours
  • Grammar: 30 mins
  • Video: 0 hours

Total: 4 hours

Goals for tomorrow: Read an article from the News Web Easy site. Do 2 full hours of Extensive reading. Get some intensive reading in. Do Anki reps. Watch an hour of videos. Take the vocab slowly but consistently.

I wanna make it through the month with the vocab. It’s my weakest area which really just kills me. I know reading helps to solidify the acquisition of vocab too, so I have to keep up with the reading as well.

I still feel that I need more audio or video in this. I’ll have to think about how I can do that.

Aaah! I can try to just say no to English vids for tomorrow. Let’s try that! It’ll be hard, but gotta start somewhere.

Japanese Tracking New Plan: Day 3

Gaaah, I fell asleep at… I’m guessing 8pm. But not actually sure.

Anyways tracking for yesterday.


I did do 2 hours of extensive reading! YAY! But no intensive reading. I took a nap in the afternoon which sucked up a lot of time. Oh well.

I did read 3 Curious Georges and one of the level 2 graded readers from the NPO 多言語多読.

Curious George was hard cuz there’s no 漢字(kanji). I feel like it took so long. But I guess it wasn’t so bad.

I’m normally a slow reader in English too.

By the last book, I was so tired. My brain.


I studied all of the JLPT N5 vocabulary from the first book. Then I took an hour and a half carefully making flashcards for the N4 noun section of the new book. If there was a word that I didn’t know well from the 漢字(kanji)、then I made a flashcard. Some words were completely new.

I’m so happy I decided to actually study vocab. It lets me know where I am with Japanese as far as vocab goes. I know what I don’t know and what I need to know. And I’m feeling pretty good about the flashcards. Maybe a week into it I will have trouble keeping up with all of the cards.

No golden list crap for me. It’s all straight up grit flashcards. It took me about 30 minutes to review all of the cards properly and 1.5 hours to write out the flash cards while carefully going over the meaning and the stroke order for the 漢字 (kanji).


Don't Ignore Anki!
No Anki! Oh dear. I didn’t do any Anki reviews. Instead I slept.


I watched the last Nihongo de Kurasou. Then I watched a few other videos for beginners on youtube like Nihongo Dekimasu.


  • Videos: 2 hours
  • Reading: 2 hours Extensive
  • Grammar: 0 Hours
  • Vocabulary: 2 Hours

Total: 6 hours

Not bad. It felt like I did a whole lot less yesterday, though. When I track it, I actually see what’s going on.

Japanese Tracking New Plan: Day 2

Here’s day two! What did I do?


I tested and reviewed the new cards and the old cards. The old ones were the nouns and the new ones were the verbs for the JLPT5 vocab list. I realized that the book I had was somewhat incomplete. So I picked up a new book that is very similar but more complete. Also the font is bigger which is nice.

Here is the new book:

JLPT Vocabulary Book N1-N5

Watching easy videos

I pushed through two hours of videos again. I think I did a little better. Sometimes it was really hard to pick out what they were saying. But I just hit replay to get it and looked up stuff I didn’t know.


I only read for about an hour today. I read through two stories again. Again, the book has a lot of new words for each page for me. So it’s kind of intensive. Tomorrow I should do some more extensive type reading in addition to the red books.


I went through all of my Anki cards from the grammar deck. I decided to increase the new cards to 20 instead of 10. I feel more and more confident with my learning from this Anki thing. I understand the sentences quicker and the meaning of the grammar examples and how the syntax works. More and more I get it. The little things are popping out to me. I see the little things more clearly now.

Anki says I did 369 reviews today. It went by so fast. I must have spent about an hour and a half, but I wasn’t keeping track. I was just going to town on it.

I find that if I am more honest with Anki, I feel better and I can train my responses to be quicker. I train my brain to know exactly what the sentence means in a split second. That’s what I need for conversation and listening. I don’t have time to hum and haw and ask people to repeat every other sentence more slowly.


Overall I feel like I took more care and slowed down to get things right today. I didn’t feel rushed, which is a good feeling. I know I will improve best with this attitude.

  • Vocab: 1.5 hours
  • Grammar: 1.5 hours
  • Easy Videos: 2 hours
  • Reading: 1 hour

Total: 6 hours

I did do a little better today, but I still feel I could have done more. Without the extensive reading, I feel kind of empty. Weird…

Onto day three! Going to incorporate extensive reading before reading the stories from the red books.

Japanese Tracking New Plan: Day 1

Today I watched 2 hours of intermediate level Japanese videos. “Nihongo de kurasou”

My brain is kinda fried right now from watching so many of those. The Japanese is fast. And sometimes I can’t understand the Korean girl. The Sensei speaks pretty fast. I have to pause and go back a lot. But, I understand most of it. That’s the important thing. These videos are pretty cool, and it’s really helping me speed up and learn polite Japanese. Very useful for living in Japan kind of Japanese.

My concentration was a the max. I can only concentrate for so long until burnout. This is good in a way. However, unlike a person, it’s not going to lower the level of language to help me not burn out so much.

I also studied Vocab from the book. I went over the JLPT N5 nouns that I didn’t know. And by don’t know, I mean I don’t know the meaning right away. If I have to take some time to come up with the meaning, I don’t know it. It needs to be lightening quick.

Then after, I wrote all of the N5 verbs that I didn’t know on flashcards and looked them up. I took my time to get the right stroke order from some of the Kanji I wasn’t sure of.

Tomorrow I will review all of the cards and test myself on them in addition to the previous ones.

Also, I finished the first red book and it’s stories, and I’m onto the first story of the second red book.

The stories at the end of the first red book got extremely more difficult as there were totally new words thrown at me in every sentence. Too many for me to read without a dictionary. I guess that’s not for Extensive reading after all. But It’s not so intense. Also the grammar isn’t for beginners. There was a little repetition in the stories, but not much. It was a bit hard. たくさん時間が掛かりましたね。

I listened to a few stories from the first book on the audio CD’s too.

I found myself taking lots of little breaks here and there. Perhaps because I’m not used to doing all of this, I get tired and burned out easily. But I know that I’m on track. My brain is telling me now that I need some sleep.

I still feel I could have done more. With time, I’ll get faster at all of this and will be able to handle more. I didn’t review the Anki cards today. Oh well. I’ll have to do that tomorrow. No big deal because I set it to 10 new cards a day. I can handle it.

In summary:

  • 2 Hours of easy videos
  • 15 minutes of 3 stories from Audio CD’s
  • 1.5 hours of testing, reviewing and learning new vocabulary.
  • 1.5 hours of semi-intensive reading.

5 hours 15 minutes throughout the day. Not bad. I can do more. Tomorrow I will stick to a tighter schedule to get in more reading and listening as well as a few more videos. 😀