My *New* Japanese Goals for 2020

Pre-COVID goals 2020:
– Read 50 books
– Use textbooks to tighten up my language knowledge
– Pass N2 to December of 2020
– Finish N2 review by July and start on N1 studies

In the beginning of this year, I set the high goal of reading 50 books in Japanese this year! While I knew that it would take time to get my reading speed up since I was starting from scratch, it seemed reasonable since most Japanese novels seem to be around 200-300 pages. I thought that if I was able to read 20-40 pages a day on average, then I would be all set. Looking back, while it seems perfectly possible math wise I don’t think it is going to work out to work out anymore.

This year I started a new job in a new specialty. This was a huge change for me and required a lot of self study on my part to adapt to my new role. I now work longer hours, meaning that it would be impossible for me to read on the days that I work as I only have time to shower and sleep between shifts. I don’t even have time to eat at home. I toyed with the idea of reading on the bus, but due to COVID I thought it would be best to not use any personal items while riding public transportation. My job has also become much more busy and difficult due to COVID which has decreased my ability to concentrate on my days off. Sometimes due to low staffing, I am forced to stay late and don’t even have time to sleep.

I am also not confident about being able to take the JLPT this year. While it is not officially cancelled yet, things are not looking good and I assume that it will not be held in the states this year. I am a little disappointed by this turn of events as this sets my professional goals back by a whole year. I was planning on moving back to Japan in 2021, but again I am not sure that that is going to happen either. I am just going to continue doing my best while being kind to myself in regards to what is possible with current global events and my life style. I think that considering everything that has been going on, I am happy with the amount of progress I have been able to make this year.

What I have accomplished so far in 2020
– Read 12 novels
– Completed my N2 studies with Shin Kanzen Master textbook series
– Started slowly working through N1 materials(just vocabulary for now)
– Was successful in using a lot of my free time to enjoy Japanese media
– Started this blog!

After thinking about my new reality, I have adjusted my goals to more match my current lifestyle. Due to COVID and the fact that I moved for my new job just before COVID really picked up, I have been living a more isolated life. I have adjust my goals from being more JLPT based to being more focused to communicating with others who have similar interests and goals. I often read Inhae’s blog Inside That Japanese Book and find great comfort in reading about her journey. I hope to be able to create a blog that reaches others in the same way. I want to talk to more people and encourage others to reach their goals as well.

New updated goals for 2020!
– Read 30 novels
– Continue to work towards that goal of reading one novel per week
– Write reviews for each novel to help people find books that match with their goals
– Create a strong community for those with an interest in Japanese novels
– Be on track to take N1 in July 2021

Please feel free to leave a comment!

Did you make any Japanese goals for 2020? Lets talk about Japanese novels and share our experiences!

Author: Kuri

I love reading Japanese novels and have seen that many people want to read them but don't know where to start. I have decided to share my experiences to help people reach their literacy goals.

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