完了! Burned 100% of WaniKani and advise for others (plus new year wishes)

It’s been a long, but amazing run here at WaniKani.
I joined in November 2015, and immediately taught myself to do reviews as soon as they were available, same for the lessons.
And today I can confirm I’ve got everything burned down:


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How did I do this so fast?
I already had quite some knowledge of the Japanese language, so I had fewer unknown vocabulary to learn, which effectively cut off a huge amount of things I could possibly forget.
And the fact I kept myself highly motivated made me go through it real quick.

Advises for everyone else
I’d like to give some advise to other people as well.

  • Don’t take learning vocabulary too seriously. Too many vocabulary on WaniKani are either unused or written in just kana in the real world. So better treat those as examples on how to read each Kanji in each situation. Kanji have multiple readings, seeing them used in vocabulary like that teaches you how to read Kanji in entirely new words (those you’ve never heard of before), and also be able to guess its core meaning before you dive into your dictionary.
  • Explore the real world as early as possible. I understand it could be intimidating to jump in deep waters while you only know Kanji from the first 10 levels, but doing so will not only help you remember what you’ve learned quicker, it’ll also motivate you to learn more.
  • For level 30-people or higher: start interacting with Japanese people. This is a very important one, because actually talking to Japanese people in Japanese will boost up your Kanji knowledge, and you’ll be surprised to learn more than you’d ever expect real quick. Chatting with in Discord servers meant for Japanese people taught me countless of new things! And wherever you go, they’re very nice and have even more respect (and sometimes jealousy) if you reveal you’re a west European person who can speak Japanese.
  • Don’t worry about knowing ALL the Kanji. Even Japanese people themselves don’t know all Kanji, and sometimes even have to look things up too. This is mostly the result of certain Kanji being not frequently used enough. Even more so regarding hand writing; everyone is typing their text instead these days, and it’s not uncommon to see people take out there smartphones to check how to write Kanji when they have to fill out a form by hand for example.

I hope I’ve managed to motivate some folks here.

Timing!
And the timing of this achievement brings me to one final thing: happy new year!

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Congrats!!

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Shall we do this again… Except for a few sports words, everything on here is in the vocabulary of adult Japanese speakers. WK isn’t a vocab-centric site, but I don’t know where this idea comes from that WK is just full of obsolete Japanese or something.

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おめでとうございます!:clinking_glasses:

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Either of the 2.
Sometimes kana-only words are written in Kanji, but it’s uncommon.

I didn’t say WaniKani is full of obsolete words, I said there are many of them.

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You really think there are “many” words on here that “are unused?” Is WK just inventing things?

Eh, I probably should just stop.

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Unused ≠ inventing new things.

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Can you give an example of a word on here that isn’t used?

I dont doubt this to be true, but there are 2 things to mention about this.

Those words are still helping to reinforce kanji, even if they arent common.

Its easier to first learn the word where it uses the kani imo. If you just learn the kana, then youll be lost when it DOES use the kanji. Learning it with the kani, however, will still allow you to be able to read the word when its written in kana.

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Also is that an official WK discord?

Could you please tell us how you managed to find Japanese people to chat with on Discord?

I find most of the Japanese people that I chat with through HelloTalk, but people on there rarely have a PC, let alone Discord.
Being able to play games with Japanese people would be a huge motivation, but I just don’t know where to find them.

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Just had one today: 先ず。Per the hints, it’s “normally written in kana”. IIRC, 今日は is the same.

Holy crap that’s amazing, congrats!

That would be the “usually written in kana” category he mentioned, but before that he said “unused or”.

Right… “Unused OR written in kana in the real world.” Meaning using it would look anachronistic, and encountering it is rare outside, presumably, textbooks and the like.

まず is usually written in kana, but it’s obviously extremely common. The word. It’s used a lot. There’s two aspects to consider.

I’m asking for words not used, which he did say are on here.

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What about: 里心 --> I’ve only ever seen/heard people say ホームシック and have always been corrected when using the former?

Not that I can think of any other examples off the top of my head.

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I only jumped in because I remembered seeing this exact warning in the hint section for まず today. I’m not terribly far in yet (lvl 4 as of this writing).

That’s just a case of one word being more appropriate in conversation versus other contexts. WK doesn’t promise that it’s only going to teach words used in conversation.

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Back on topic… congratulations on a fantastic achievement and thanks for your advice!

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