3 July 2018 – Testing out of Crowns

I keep telling myself I’m going to keep my Duo streak up every day and be the #1 spot on the leaderboard every week. Every week, I fail. Then, much like today, I tend to just go crazy and rack up 2.5k experience? I’m apparently a very all or nothing kind of learner. I did, however find out that you can now test out of crown levels. That may have been a thing before, but I didn’t see the option on the mobile platform. So far, I’ve gone from level 1/2 to 5 in just about 6 or 7 skills! That’s honestly where the majority of my exp came from.

I think I actually really like being able to test out of crown levels. For me, I’d rather do short, intensive sessions and then be able to review them later after the majority of the skill has set in my short-term memory. Especially with Japanese. Spanish is still super easy because it’s just a refresher. My goal is to test out of crowns in at least six more skills in Spanish this week. I’m shooting for at least three more in Japanese since I’m still a newbie there.

Honestly I didn’t like the crown levels when they first debuted, but now I’m really liking them!

Current Language Goals (And progress)

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Current Fluency:  Embarrassing Preschool

Desired Fluency: 2nd/3rd grade

Written Goals:

Since I’m hoping to pass the N4 this December, I reckon I’d need about 1500 words in my repertoire, including around 300 kanji. It seems like a lot, but it’s really only about 70 words a week. I did more than that in high school Spanish!

Tentative Test: JLPT N4 (2 December 2018)

Overall Progress: 

Verbally, I’ve been picking things up quickly thanks to my boyfriend and Netflix. I’ve been putting off moving Hiragana, Katakana, and some Kanji to my long-term memory for a while. My hand really struggles to write anything that looks remotely Japanese, but I’ve started forcing myself to practice daily. I can only write a few sentences before my hand hurts and I get really frustrated, but if I think about them as little notes to put in my boyfriend’s lunchbox, they’re a little easier to manage.

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