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evosia Flying over Landmannalaugar during the midnight sun.

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Ozone Falls, one of many small waterfalls that cut through the landscape in eastern tennessee.

Having been in a language learning plateau for a while now, I decided to restructure the way I study. I’ve already noticed an improvement in my Japanese these past few weeks which I attribute to these changes.
1. Writing in Japanese
I started an exchange diary with a Japanese friend who studies English. Alternatively, Lang-8!
2. Cafes
Buying a coffee and studying with it acts as a sort of placebo affect. It makes me.more productive. Downside: Expensive
3. MEMRISE
A smart flashcard App. I just use the pre-made JLPT N2 level decks and I noticed an improvement in my reading within a few days. It’s strange. The more I study, the more I start seeing these kanjis everywhere, like they were always there but I had somehow blanked it out.
4. Reading
I’m reading a book I enjoy right now. I note the unfamiliar vocabulary and as vocabulary is re-used it becomes easier to remember. I’m not bothering with learning EVERY word I don’t know. For now, I want to get used to ‘natural’ Japanese.
5. Anime
I’ve started watching anime and repeating after them. Some call this ‘shadowing’.
6. JLPT grammar guides
Going through these help!

I like Kanzen Master over Matome series because there are more drills, but I’ll do both for N2 level. Matome first, because of the 8 week structure (but I’ll do it in four weeks)