Wow man!, I was about to give you the same standard advice "SRS all the way!, read something interesting" but after 15 years I guess you have been through all that. I've been on this ride for about four years, three of those years were spent on Anki, every day I did like 300 repetitions for about one hour. The results were not as advertised, I got tired, I had to quit Anki, I started to accept the fact that I can not perfectly memorize all those words. Aiming for 100% retention got in the way of the learning (enjoying) process.
Having past the anxiety of not doing my reps I started to read here at lingq, then I bought some mangas, imported texts from lifehacker, subtitles and audio from youtube, etc. Guess what? I still fail to recognize even those words that were perfectly tested on Anki. But I don't care!
The most important thing in MY relationship with the Japanese language, or any other language for that matter, is how I handle the following situation:
Do I reasonably understand what I'm reading/listening? If yes, MOVE ON,
Do I reasonably understand the definition/explanation in Japanese(or whatever) of the term/phrase that I didn't quite catch? If yes, read the definition/explanation, re-read the context, and MOVE ON,
use another definition in another language and MOVE ON.
rinse and repeat
How I learn vocabulary? I used Anki in the past, now I just read, read, read an create Lingqs in Japanese then I let my brain do the "learning".
Oh I actually wrote "1.5", not "15". I think it was kind of misleading. My bad. I edited it.
Well yeah I also used to spend much more time on anki, but not surprisingly, I grew tired of that until I couldn't do it anymore. Some people have the discipline, the endurance, or maybe they truly enjoy or at least don't mind the process I suppose, but I think it's not for everybody.
And this is far from being the only thing that I bailed out halfway through. I think I was setting the goal too high or expecting too much from myself. Now I tend to not commit as much, and be more realistic about what I can do. So I try to vary my method a little bit more to keep things fresh. Sometimes I read some articles on NHK News, sometimes some anime on animelon, sometimes some video lessons on youtube and so on. I think it's working better this way.
But I can't say I'm satisfied with my progress. I feel like much of my work goes to waste. So I want to improve on that.
You seem like you endured much more than I did on anki. Three years is a lot, that sounds good. How well worth it do you consider these 1 hour a day for 3 years were?July 2017
hmmm I should get my eyes checked again, I swear I read 15 years!
"Sometimes I read some articles on NHK News, sometimes some anime on animelon, sometimes some video lessons on youtube and so on. I think it's working better this way."
I think it works better for me too.
hmmm, now for the Anki thing. I wouldn't say it was worthless, but I did waste time. Maybe the major benefit was that I can guess the meaning of new words and even the readings of new kanji and get those "aha!" moments pretty often, all without having that much experience with native material. Were 3 years necessary? I'm afraid not :(
"I feel like much of my work goes to waste. "
Yeah, I've felt that too. But in my not so humble opinion it has to do with the goal, the expectation and the method.
My goal was to sear 10k words into my brain so I could easily read without needing a dictionary, using only raw memorization. (Yes, the goal was not to read first, I got it all backwards!)
I lowered my expectations, defined a simple goal, got a bit more pessimistic and switched methods. I mean "Read a book in Japanese" is a high enough goal for me and I'm not in a hurry to achieve it this year.
Since I've only read ラブひな and 聲の形 I can only recommend those. 聲の形 is easer to read than ラブひな. 聲の形 is on the net so you should try it. And don't be so harsh on your self.July 2017