NihongoMaster Drills

NihongoMaster Drill Creep

So I’m just about to enter my second month on NihongoMaster.com. Things are going well, I’ve made it further than I ever have before (20% into Beginner). My tiny dilemma of the day is NihongoMaster Drill Creep. It’s one of the things that made me give up before. I love the drills, they are the best practice in reading and listening for me! But they tend to “creep” up to scary, daunting levels.

With NihongoMaster.com you learn a lesson, and then they drill you every which way on what you’ve just learned. Each drill must be mastered about five times (you can change this in settings). Until then, they will keep showing up in your “Dojo”.  You can see the number of drills due in the top right of my screen here, circled in pink. Since I did my drills this morning, I only have 28 this evening. That is a manageable level. You can also see the scheduled drills, tomorrow being 72.

Upcoming Drills page

But look at the drills creeping up and topping out above 500 a day! This keeps happening to me, I usually end up with 800 or more a day and that’s when I give up on NihongoMaster. I flew through the entire Introductory section in a few days. This is where you learn Hiragana and Katakana and very basic vocabulary and grammar.  Now I’m in the Beginner section and have slowed way down. But ideally I’d learn a lesson every day or at least every other day.

NihongoMaster Drills

So my goal is to hopefully figure out how to keep this more manageable.    Do I suggest doing only one lesson a day to start, and then slowing it down if it gets too much? Should I stop new lessons for a few weeks until the number gets below 100? I will know more in time.

There was a little thread in the community today and a more experienced person said just spend so much time a day and tackle what you can. That person happened to have 6000 drills due, I was pretty shocked at that.

For now, I’m asking any of you, if you use NihongoMaster, what is your pace? Do you have a lot of drills everyday? Do you ever catch up?