魔女の宅急便・Kiki's Delivery Service 🧧 Repeat Club

I’ve previously looked at (and possibly posted charts here) on how much kanji one should recognize in the Kiki books based on their WaniKani level. Today, while reading a few more sentences in chapter one, I happened to wonder what I could do to slack off about the opposite: how many kanji taught in WaniKani are included in the first Kiki book, as well as the first five?

Here are the resulting charts. They are arranged by level, so level 1 kanji are first, then level 2, from top-left to top-right, top to bottom. Note that is WaniKani-taught kanji appearing in the books, and does not include kanji not covered by WaniKani.

WaniKani kanji used in Kiki book one

WaniKani kanji used in Kiki books one through five

Aside from that…

Those are some impressive chins.

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Whoa! Those are some impressive charts! Were there many kanji in the books that aren’t in WK, or was that data not available?

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Another question might be, what WK kanji would be in Kiki if it wasn’t so full of hiragana? :joy:
I am starting to recognise a lot of words where WK has taught me the kanji that could be there.

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A couple of useful ways I look up unknown kanji, that you might find useful:

  • Using the #radical search on Jisho

  • Using the ‘Handwriting’ function on Google Translate - especially on the smartphone app, you just draw the kanji, and it’s pretty good at guessing, even if the stroke order is a bit off!

Good luck with Kiki!

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Also google translate’s camera function.

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There’s also SKIP lookup

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You can also use plug niai.mrahhal.net if you know similar looking kanjis.

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Kiki kanji missing from WaniKani

I currently have two breakdowns of data: “book 1” and “books 1 through 5”:

Book 1 Kanji not in WaniKani

  • 咳・妖・竿・舵

Books 1 to 5 Kanji not in WaniKani

  • 凧・咳・噓・壺・妖・姪・宛・宵・屑・彗
  • 戚・拭・挽・晦・杖・杭・柵・柿・桶・梯
  • 椒・檻・櫛・漕・狼・璧・禄・竿・籘・縞
  • 繕・舵・艘・苔・蓋・蔦・薪・蟻・衿・裾
  • 蹴・這・釘・釜・錨・靄・鞍・餐・麓

So, if you ever thought, “Once I finish level 60, I’m set for life”, Kiki has its own “Kikified WK Levels 61 through 70” for you to go through =D

It’s possible some of these may be used in names, but the story doesn’t seem to be set in Japan in any way, so I wouldn’t expect that to be the case.

I’m just glad that I’m personally finding the mix of kanji and lack of kanji to be fairly comfortable so far (having read through most of chapter 1).

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These were just added in the latest content update :partying_face:

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This one too ^^

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And here I thought I got everything when I pulled the kanji off of WaniKani’s kanji lists right before I made these. I wonder if those aren’t updated yet… Thanks for the info, I’ll check into it so I can update my lists!

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I guess your safest bet would be to pull them from the v2 API whenever you need them, that should give you the freshest ones :wink:

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I really do need to put some code together to pull them via the API. Once I have some code written for it, it’ll take a second to pull them, rather than what I did yesterday: opening six pages listing the kanji, doing a copy and paste to grab the kanji, comparing with my existing list to see what’s new, looking up their level numbers, and adding to my list. (It sounds like so much more work when I write it out, but it only took maybe a minute.)

Oh, yeah, that reminds me I’ll need to update the kanji lookup sheet I use for number-crunching…

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Week 2

A step up in pace this week (unless you’re on the headstart) - persevere if you can! :triumph:

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yeah…tried to finish ch2 yesterday but the last few pages were tough to process…spent a few hours today going through them sentence by sentence and with the help of past posts (yeah repeat bookclub) having these resources are making this more bearable…yeah ch2 is done done!

Nice to actually feel like I’m ahead for a change :smile:
I’ll do my best to stick with it so far…looking forward the adventure beginning now!

Edit: It’s a bit confusing trying to figure out which thread to post in… but eh… I never make that mistake so it’s all good :slight_smile:

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No one is allowed to give up this week anyway :stuck_out_tongue:

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OKAY, managed to finish Chapter 1 (mostly) on time! Whew. This was somehow much easier than reading ゆるキャン△, probably because it involved less vocab research haha. That said, reading this has definitely stretched my grammar muscles hard. But, it’s much more fun than reading dry examples or explanations!

I’ve got very limited exposure to Japanese writing, but I quite enjoy the style of narrative prose that the author employs. It’s a very comfy read that does an excellent job of setting its tone.

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Just a quick heads up to anyone currently using my memrise course: I’m going through chapters 1- 3 with the new vocab sheet and editing entries to better reflect kanji usage as they appear in text - the old spreadsheet has a lot of kanji that don’t actually appear in the book (which is what I’m basing my course on so that I can stay several chapters ahead). So if you get a review that you could have sworn previously had kanji but is now completely in kana that’s why:) On the bright side, it means less cards to go through in the kanji section!

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