I’ve read roughly 1.5m moji so far in my Japanese learning journey. Most of this was intensive reading. I’m now making the switch to almost entirely extensive reading. In line with Professor Paul Nation’s recommendation to read 11 million words of comprehensible input to develop native-like diction, and a liberal guess that there are roughly 2字/word, I’m just gonna start counting up from zero and shoot for the 22 million moji mark, and see how my reading speed, comprehension, and reading level improve.
Not doing any sort of active study other than extensive reading, and if I do, it’ll only be phonetics/pitch or related to classical Japanese grammar, as I would like to be a proficient reader of classical Japanese literature, and hopefully study it in grad school in Japan eventually.
Reading this web novel at the moment. It’s at the perfect level for me linguistically where most of everything is true i+1. I am never lost about what a sentence means, but I often run into grammar/words/phrases/usages that I don’t automatically understand, and I occasionally (once every 1-3 pages) run into new words that I can almost always understand by context but may have to look up the readings of.
My reading speed on this book is roughly 7000字/hour. I would like to see this climb to 10,000 by December.
I would also like to see my general comprehension improve enough that the physical novels I’ve bought (贖罪 and 星の子) become comfortable pleasure reading materials. At the moment, they’re both a bit out of reach, and I’m not confident or accurate enough in following the story for either to be enjoyable just yet.
I should get to 1 million 字 Before JLPT with some room to spare, so I’ll make that my tentative goal. Stay tuned, or not. I’d like to find some way to test my general language improvements as I hit milesones like 6 million moji (roughly 3m words), 11 million moji (halfway to goal), and then at 22 million. Any suggestions for doing so are appreciated!
Started at 92336, ended at 225934. Total: 133598字.
That’s it, that’s all I read last week .