Since September 2018, I publish my language goals for the upcoming month on my blog. This is a history of the past months and how well I did.
I have completely failed in my goals for December. In fact, after the JLPT, I just wanted to relax… I have read a lot but mostly in English, and with the Holiday Season, it was even more difficult to work on my blog or to study Japanese. I managed to read only one novel in Japanese, and I have not worked on the series “Inhae reads the news”. I did set up my reading goals for 2020 though, and this was very fun and exciting!
Done!! I have taken two practice tests towards the end of November. To be honest, I was not very motivated to sit at my desk for almost 3 hours, and I was not concentrated when I took the tests. I just wanted to put it behind me. It was not a clever thing to do though, because I performed poorly in both tests (especially the reading section), and in the end, I lost a good part of my confidence. I did pass in July, but if the practice tests that I have taken in November were the real test, I would have failed…
I hadn’t concrete goals for October, I just wanted to get back to studying Japanese. I more or less succeeded. On the one hand, I did spend more time with Japanese, I read more and listen to more Japanese, but on the other hand, I didn’t do anything to prepare for the JLPT of December…
Thank Goodness it’s September, I can feel that the Summer and the heat are slowly going away… but why is it so hard to be productive??
I was supposed to start working for the JLPT of December, but I didn’t achieve much. It was very hard to do anything productive in August, the weather was way too hot, and I felt that I had no energy at all. I did study Anki and added new words to it from time to time. I also read some books, but I was unable to sit at my desk for long period of time…
I took (and passed!!) the JLPT on July 7th, I went on holiday and… I didn’t make a new study plan. In fact, it was really hard to get back to study in July, I don’t know what I have been doing during the last days of the month, but I certainly have not been productive.
June was the last month before the JLPT N1.
I think that I did read more in May.
April was a good month for the JLPT, I was able to keep up with my program and even made a practice test towards the end of the month.
However, I haven’t read a lot. I did finish the two books of my list, but I haven’t been able to read and finish another book. I have spent several day without reading at all, I guess that the book I have picked (小説王 by 早見和真) is a little difficult and I felt discouraged at times.
March was a strange month, with a trip to Japan in the middle that both renewed my motivation to get in touch with Japanese culture and forced me to take a break in my JLPT preparation.
It was hard to get back on track after the trip, but I managed to review most of my JLPT material. I haven’t read much in March, but I bought a lot of exciting books in Japan and I am starting a new reading challenge for the year.
I was a little discouraged in February. While I have achieved my reading goals, I didn’t feel very motivated for the JLPT and have skipped several days of study. The reason is the first practice test I took during the course of February. I found it hard, especially the reading section, and it discouraged me a little…
I haven’t finished 『誰か』by Miyuki Miyabe. I like the book, but the plot is not very appealing and it is hard to feel committed to it in my opinion. I have reached p. 337, I hope that I can finish it in February.
My other goal was to read at least one other book, and I have read two!
『ボクたちはみんな大人になれなっかた』 by Moegara and a light novel,
『推理作家（僕）が探偵と暮らすわけ』by Shiki KUZUMI.
I achieved my reading goals for November, but I could have done better. November was not a good month for me, I have done almost nothing for two weeks. I haven’t written every day, but I did write regularly so it is not that bad. I have been reading two books on Japan History. Also, I have started the drama 『ビブリア古書堂の事件手帖』but I have decided to read the light novel before watching the episodes, so I am taking a break with the drama.
All goals achieved! I have finished the three books listed!
I added all the words to Anki and I started a book by Higashino: 『流星の絆』. I could not complete my goal to read 40 pages of 「それでも、日本人は戦争を選んだ」but still read 20 pages. My best achievement is the LDP election. I have read a lot of articles about it in Japanese!