Breaks are bad

So I came back after a week+ break and thought that the extra hours in anki will be the worst side-effect. I wish. It’s amazing how little breaks can completely mess up your schedule. Less than 50 reps into my sentence deck and I already get beat. My listening has gone down the roof. I’m misremembering some kanjis that I know I knew well. Some of the yellow blocks on my wall(meaning that I had them down meaning, writing and basic readings-wise) seem unfamiliar. Can that short of a break have such a horrible effect on my pace? Apparently.

It’s been a week since my return and I’m still feeling some side-effects. Damn!

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Looking back

Whenever I get burned out or am having a bad case of the “what is all this I’m never going to learn all these new words” I go to Kanjibox and set it to N5, N4 and(more recently) N3. I think I need a reminder that though the journey is long, I’ve already went far more than I’d expected. And it hit me today that I’m cutting through most of my decks and only staggering at the N2/N1 level things.

It’s pretty weird. I haven’t really noticed my becoming better at it. In my head I’m still messing up reviews and not making much sense, but sometimes I like to let figures and stats win over my own self-doubt.

A few years ago I stuck a first grade level kanji poster on my kitchen wall and started working on it, and after I was done with it I moved on to second grade, which I never got to finish. After a seemingly neverending hiatus I started again, only 6 months ago. I was done with it withing a month, and I’m close to circling every one on my 6th grade list now.

6 months ago I had not even finished core 2000, and by the end of the month I’m starting core 6000. I couldn’t even understand N5 listening samples made for beginners and now I can sort of get shows in Japanese without subtitles. I couldn’t even write 飲 without staggering and now I’m practicing 懲. It is pretty amazing, for me at least.

It’s been a good half-year. Cheers!