Learning Japanese in 6 Months: Month Five Update

Week of October 24th, 2020

Learning Japanese in 6 Months: Month Five Update


What an awesome 5th month for Japanese learning 🤩 I finished Intermediate, celebrated Spoopy Season with a great challenge, and got a job. With so much going on it's no wonder we've made it to the final month of the 6 month challenge. Before looking ahead, let's look back and reflect...


Jalup Beginner: 450/1000 (x2)

Jalup Intermediate: 100/1000 (x2)

Jalup Advanced: 10/1000

Kanji Kingdom: 1750/2300


That's a lot going on up there! To give you the TL:DR; Treating Jalup like a book helps run through and read everything much faster. You just have to re-read a few times to make it stick and to "memorize" it.

How's the learning going?

Really well, but it's also hard to prove or show since a lot of what people would say defines learnt isn't present. Confused? Let me explain.

When you "learn" something, you're usually able to recall and explain it. Why then can't you learn a word once and use it right away? It's because you learned it for that moment, but it holds no useful value to continue holding.

This results in your brain dumping the information and you forgetting. This is why a language is so challenging. As you take steps forward, you need to hold onto the past steps as well but your brain wants to get rid of them... It's a war.

What if you could just read the words, understand them in that moment, and then when you needed them again, you have easy access to "relearn" it immediately? That's Jalup.

Not Japanese, but just as illiterate

I plan to finish the "book" by the end of the year

I wanted to finish Jalup by the end of November, but I need to change course because of the time commitment for my new job. I think there is a very real possibility of finishing closer to the end of November, but I don't want to get anyone's hopes up.

The reading is going very well and I'm able to understand many of the new words without having to look them up or "translate them". There have been a few happen stances but overall most of my understanding and learning has been in Japanese.

I keep re-reading the earlier ones though to help speed up recall and make it easier to learn the latter ones (as they're frequently built off the earlier ones) consequently speeding their recall up too.


Not much going on here other than the new job and continued studies. I'll let you know if anything new develops here :)

Wrap Up

With all this going on, the goal is a consistent review of the previous levels (200/day) and time spent learning the new stuff as well (50-100/day). I foresee me having to take a week to really grind and review Intermediate again, but I think I'll be ready to tackle Advanced rather quickly.

It's exciting for the new movements in life and for Japanese to be propelling forward. Thanks for your continued support and as always,

Thanks for Reading!




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