Rather than clog this blog with daily update posts (as laid out in my 9-point learning plan), I will add daily updates to this post.
The newest update will be at the top of the page, so you won't have to worry about scrolling to the bottom.
Additionally, I have some posts in the works regarding learning tools I'm using, my favorite instructional books, and so on.
Daily Japanese Progress Updates
Day 7 of 90: Saturday, March 21, 2015
I'll finish the day at 5 of 10. Looks like I'm working my way back to 10 of 10. That's good news.
Day 6 of 90: Friday, March 20, 2015
I'm at 3 of 10 today: Flashcards, Culture, and Blogging (haha).
Day 5 of 90: Thursday, March 19, 2015
Ok, so, this time I completed 2 of 10 tasks and went to bed early-ish, about 1:30 a.m. Perhaps, instead of "layering" these tasks onto an already busy schedule, I should "integrate" them into my day at various times. Also, already, a blog post about failure and success seems appropriate.
Day 4 of 90: Wednesday, March 18, 2015
Well, isn't this fun, haha. I managed 3 out of 10 tasks. Not good. Layering this on to my already busy schedule has meant staying up late, between 12 am - 3 am for the last few nights.
Day 3 of 90: Tuesday, March 17, 2015
Two out of three days I've missed speaking for 10 minutes every day. That's a problem that must get resolved quickly. Speaking gets the mouth muscles moving in all the right ways, and that's essential to sounding good.
Other than that, I'm glad I added studying Kanji. I'm enjoying it.
The 10-minute mark per task seems to be right on the money so far. I can already tell that my vocabulary is growing, I'm more comfortable reading aloud, and my comprehension is improving. Plus, ten minutes keeps the amount of daily study manageable.
Day 2 of 90: Monday, March 16, 2015
On Day 1 I took far too much time to study. I enjoyed it, but it isn't sustainable. Maybe a once a week thing. Also I'm contemplating a day off that includes only watching Japanese television and movies.
Today I skipped Speaking. I'm going to have to shift my late study schedule to earlier hours in order to complete the list of daily tasks.
Also, I'm making one addition and one time reduction, as follows:
2. Audio 10 minutes/day.
10. Kanji study 10 minutes/day.
Day 1 of 90: Sunday, March 15, 2015
I completed all nine points of my learning plan. Most of my time went to cultural studies, about 3 hours; then, writing: 2 hours for 2 minutes of spoken content. After that, watching Japanese TV consumed 45 minutes. My audio program lasted for 30 minutes.