As I write this, my favorite learning tool, Anki, is upgrading to a new version. Hooray for Anki.
I am sweeping up the last Kanji, moving them from “learning” to “mature”.
I am working my way though a mountain of vocabulary, little by little.
I am studying grammar using a variety of resources. I have done some skype lessons on Cafetalk. I have been very consistent with my studies. So, where am I? Am I where I want to be?
Um…I’m not sure…
That would be my version of how to say, “What’s my problem?” in Japanese.
I still feel like I need to find some organization to my studies. I don’t have anyone to converse with on a daily basis, and that problem isn’t likely to get better in the short term. What I would really like, though, is a good book of exercises that I could use for practice.
You know the sort of thing I mean…fill in the right form of the verb, translate this paragraph, that sort of thing. The best thing would be daily conversation with someone who could correct me when I mess up, but, in the absence of that, some very academic exercises would be a nice thing.
In the meantime, though, while I hunt for that, I am continuing with my daily routine – Anki for 漢字 (Kanji) and vocabulary, Japanesepod101.com for listening and some different books for grammar.
After all, it has really only been about four months since I started this thing, so I don’t want to have unreasonable expectations. I just want to be fluent in Japanese…oh…now would be good.