I have been on and off studying Japanese since college. I took actual lessons once (~2011) at Nihongo Foundation (Elem 3), but stopped attending because work was hectic back then. After that, I only picked up further knowledge from watching anime and Jdrama. I mentally matched the words and grammar structure to the subtitles I am seeing on screen. It’s not the perfect way to learn, I know, but it kept me immersed.
Fast forward to more than 10 years later, my Japanese is not significantly better than it was maybe 3 years ago. I have forgotten all of the Kanji I learned in preparation for N4 back then. So I decided to try pushing for N4 again this July and will do my best to learn enough within the next 4 months.
If I’m really serious about Japan, I will aim to make it to N3 within this year. I hate myself for not putting in enough effort in the past years but there’s no use regretting over what was. I just need to move forward this time around.
I’ll try to share some of my resources, some tips or even some lessons in future posts. We’ll see how it goes!