By some twist of fate most of my current language learning programs are coming to an end at approximately the same time. I just finished Tobira (An excellent textbook and one I'd highly recommend to anyone looking to go past the beginning of Japanese), I'll be finishing Pimsleur this week, and I've completed the Core 3k. While debating how I should proceed I flipped through some of my materials and I actually understood quite a bit more than I expected. I still need a dictionary and a few grammar points were over my head, but for the most part I can read Harry Potter and the Sorcerers Stone particularly since I've already read it in English so I've decided to make the move on to native materials. Mostly anyway.
For reading I have the Harry Potter series, which was one of my original goals way back when I first started, so I'll be starting there. I'm not sure how long it will take, but I imagine I will be spending more time at the beginning than the end since I would hopefully be more used to reading by seven books. I'll also be continuing my 30 words a day by adding 30 sentences to an anki deck from the book. I estimate there's about 3,000 words I still don't know in the first book alone so I don't think I'll be adding every unknown word I encounter, but we'll see.
For listening I've started watching the original Pokemon series. As expected it's not as entertaining to watch as it was when I was 7, but nostalgia counts for a lot and the dialogue is relatively easy to understand. They talk somewhat quickly, but half of each episode tends to be a battle which is a lot more visual than auditory. There's 80 episodes in the original series which I'll probably watch, but over 900 episodes in total which I can't imagine I'll actually get through.
And as I mentioned in my last post I acquired the N3 Kanzen Master series the past week. The books themselves seem quite good, but I'm not entirely certain how to use them. They are not set up for doing one chapter in each book in a round robin style, but they do use content from the others so simply going through them one by one seems odd. From what I could glean flipping through them so far I should go in an order of "Kanji->Vocabulary->Grammar->Reading Comprehension->Listening Comprehension". But maybe I should do a little bit of the Kanji/Vocabulary books each day while using the other three as a focus? If anyone has any suggestions or comments about how they've used the series for any level of the JLPT I'd appreciate it.
Plan for the week:
Read Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone adding 30 sentences a day to anki
Finish the Pimsleur series (9 lessons left)
Watch 1 episode of Pokemon a day
Spend 1 hour a day on Kanzen Master series. I usually prefer task oriented goals to time oriented ones, but I'm really not sure how to best use this series yet.