I started my WaniKani journey in February of 2019. Since that day I have done my reviews daily except for my two week trip to Japan.
You might expect that I’m already quite on my way in the program but the opposite is true, I’m just arriving at level 16.
When I started I learned 20 words each day but that overwhelmed me really quickly. The problem was not that I had too little time to use WaniKani, what the problem actually was is that I have trouble reaching any percentage higher than 70% on how many words I got correct. With this I would often have a lot of words returning daily for about a week before they would slowly be reaching Guru.
Over time I slowed down to 10 words each day to see if that would reduce waking up with over 100 reviews. This then slowed down to 10 each weekday until now doing about 3 days a week of learning 10 new words.
I don’t mind doing a lot of reviews, however with many mistakes, it also takes a lot longer. It isn’t unusual I mistake the reading 3 times in a row for a word before I remember it correctly to at least move on to the next word. My current rythem I have 45 minutes to start my reviews and that usually just makes it able to finish those I woke up with. Then during the day I do reviews for as long as needed (usually 20 minutes) about 3 times a day.
Even going slow I still see how much I learn from it and makes me able to do. I’m reading the yotsuba manga on my own right now and would never have been able to make sense of the kanji without WaniKani having my back.
With my slow pace, I’m feeling it is going to take literally years before I might ever reach 60. So I am wondering if any of you out there maybe have tips for me how to increase my tempo without it becoming too much.
Thank you so much for listening to this long paragraph, may your path to Japanese fluency be easy and fun!