On July 7th I took my JLPT-N3 exam. It was difficult and I probably failed, but the process of preparing was amazing and so too was taking it. There is something thoroughly satisfying about sitting an exam with zero consequence…
I thought I might have a break from Japanese study for a few weeks afterwards – and indeed I haven’t really returned to non-Microseason posting here yet – but at work literally the next day I couldn’t resist hitting WaniKani to keep my kanji fresh.
While I was doing this one of my colleagues – Lily – asked how the exam had gone, so I told her more or less the same thing I just told you, and chuckled upon realising I was already back studying and revising kanji again.
This colleague has an interest in Japan and its language so we talked briefly about the kanji I was responding to on the screen. I explained that I combine WaniKani with physical flashcards and a whole bunch of other resources to try to diversify my internalisation of Japanese. This reduces the chance of gained knowledge being too imprisoned by arbitrary formats.
To cut a long story short, it all led to me bringing in the flashcard of my favourite kanji a few days later:
I gave it to her…but only until the next stage.
Fast forward to now and we have a system.
For now, just know that I took back the White Rabbit Press 花 card and gave her 先 as well as this flashcard that I made:
There should be an asterisk somewhere that clarifies Nietzsche said it before Kelly Clarkson but let’s all agree not to.