Below is the original plan I made (here for historical purposes), if you want to see the current one read about it here.
How are you going to learn Japanese in 6 months?
Glad you asked.
The beginning is the slowest part of it all with a two-pronged approach: Kanji and basic sentences. 25 Kanji a day, from Jalup’s Kanji Kingdom and 24 (6 sets) from Kanji! At the same time, 25 new sentences from Jalup’s basics (and intermediate when finished with basic).
That doesn’t sound slow?
25 sentences a day = 1000 in 40 days, 2000 in 80. That’ll leave me at 2000 kanji and 2000 sentences learned and practiced in 80 days.
Let’s be real though, I’m not a robot. I’m going to miss some days, take an English breather, and probably miss the mark at 20 or 15 some days. That’s where the 20-day buffer comes in. The beginning is so important, I’m giving it 12% of my total time as a buffer and 60% of the total time.
That’s a lot of practice for only 40% of the material. Pretty slow if you ask me. (Remember this is a challenge, we’re trying to push the limits to extremes 💪🏼😆)
The final 60 days get a remake. 50 sentences each day from the advanced, expert, and hero Jalup courses progressively. On top of that, Kanji reviews, and beginning to break down actual literature, songs, and tv. Thirty (30) days out I’ll add calls with Japanese speakers to fine-tune and find out how out of my league I am. While the last 15~ days are review, rest, reflect, and time to get the game face on for the test. (They’ll also be a buffer for Stage 2)
In my month one update, I address some of the biggest issues I ended up having with this plan, but it's cool to look back and see how idealistic one can be :P
What plan have you found to work for you and your learning goals?