A quick thank you to the developers


I just want to say a quick thank you to those who made WaniKani a thing in the first place. I live in Japan, study my brains out to enter a Japanese university, and it’s all really stressful and difficult. But I noticed the difference from using WaniKani immediately. Every time I level up things around me become easier to understand. Whether it’s things written around town, a novel, or schoolwork, everything is easier because of this site.

WaniKani has been incredibly helpful to me from the start. The whole set up makes learning kanji readings really simple and easy, and it’s allowed me to learn a ton in a short amount of time while feeling excited about it, not stressed. Even if I get into a slump with my normal studies and stop doing my homework or using my textbooks, I never skip WaniKani. It’s easy to make a habit of and keeps me motivated.

I never would have gotten this far in my Japanese studies this quickly if it weren’t for WaniKani.

Thank you so. so. so. so much.


If you don’t mind would you tell us a little about how you got to this point in your life? Studying to enter japanese high school… ?


i’ve noticed the same thing about levelups– i instantly notice & understand a ton of new things all the time right around them, and i don’t even have the good fortune to be in Japan in a total immersion situation just yet. it must be mind-boggling to be over there discovering new things you can suddenly understand!

+1 to what @Thofte said though– i’d love to know more about your origin story & how you wound up studying in Japan! and what are you interested in studying at Japanese university?


Yeah, it’s a really cool feeling for things you see every day to suddenly have a meaning!

It’s not too interesting of a story, but to summarize it,

I decided to learn Japanese and move to Japan when I was six. Some exchange students showed me stuff from Japan that I thought was cool, and they also informed me that Sailor Moon was Japanese. Blew my mind. I taught myself hiragana and katakana, got tapes to learn Japanese, and was N5 level by the time I finished elementary school. Also decided at that time to become a linguist.

There was no Japanese class in school, so in high school I studied French and German. I became fluent in German after three years and a short study trip in Germany, so I decided to go to Uni in Germany and become a translator. Doing so required two years of study in America though, but my university studies there were so easy they were boring, and I realized I didn’t want to become a linguist. I had wanted to be an astronaut since I was a kid, and I decided that was never going to go away, so I might as well do that.

In order to consolidate the two interests, space and languages, I decided to just study aerospace engineering in a foreign country, in a foreign language. My best friend had moved to Japan a year prior at that point, so I just followed her. I signed up for a two year Japanese language school in Japan, worked my brains out to save up the money, and moved out of my parent’s house for the first time. To the other side of the world. I spoke like, N5 level when I got there. Really couldn’t read any kanji. I learned really quickly out of necessity though so a month later when I entered my school I was about N4 level (minus kanji.)

The point of this school was to learn Japanese so I could apply to Japanese universities. Aerospace engineering is not a widely offered course in Japan, and it’s pretty much just the top universities that offer it. My teachers told me to just pick something else like business or hospitality or something, which like. Uh, hell no.

Because I had such lofty goals, I was placed in an N2 level class to start. It was hell at first because I was waaayyyyy behind that, but actually in a year and a half of insane study and being immersed in Japan, the N1 class I was in at the end was too easy.

A year after getting to Japan I also quit my job at a ramen shop and opened an English school for kids. I ran that full time while attending school.

I have to score insanely high on the EJU, a test for foreigners who want to study at Japanese universities. I’ve taken it and not gotten the score I need three times, but this summer I’m confident I will. I need Japanese (Like N1 level), math, physics and chemistry, all in Japanese. And because those subjects are just done differently in Japan, I’ve had to learn all of them from elementary school level up. I’m currently back in America chilling and studying.

So to put it simply, in the span of three years I’ll have gone from barely understanding Japanese to entering a top university. It’s been three years of internal screaming and literally no rest.

Sorry that’s long, but it was a long road and it’s not even over!
I’m gonna go back to my internal screaming now. And to think this all happened because I was bored and thought, “Meh, might as well.”


What a great story! Good luck with everything. :slight_smile:
WaniKani rocks!


A wild ride, for sure. I don’t envy all of the complex specialty terms you’ll need to know, but if it’s your passion, I have the fullest faith in you!


wow, N1 class too easy. you’re goals! good luck in your next chapter dear sir


I miss the days when I was learning animal names.
Chemistry in Japanese…; A;


I’m curious about your journey to and after N1 without having the kanji knowledge :slight_smile:


Gonna be a tough one hahaha


and the prize for least accurate statement of all time goes to my dude Strideer1, future astronaut aerospace engineer linguist!


I’m most likely taking N1 this summer because it’s a requirement for one of the schools I’m going to. I’m not confident at this time in passing, but I’ll try to catch up and let you guys know if I pass. ; u;


Incredible determination. Good luck on your journey!


Thank you! :smiley:


i was gonna say this too XD

like i’m living comfortably in the states just learning jp so i can post trash anime memes with bilingual puns on them, so it’s a good thing you warned me your story isn’t interesting either in case i might have thought otherwise!

seriously though, that’s really incredible, especially running your own english school alongside your studies. good luck with everything!


Wow that is quite a story… Thanks for sharing. But what about tuition fee? I read it is about 5000 €/year in Japan (Here in Germany it is only 400 €/year :open_mouth: ). Do you finance that with the English school?


And that’s not even really tuition fee, it’s basically administration fee and public transport ticket for 6 months.


If it’s in Euros, it’s about 13,000 for my top choice of schools. It’s private so it’s the most expensive. The other ones I’m applying to are about 6,500 Euros. That’s the first year tuition, so it’s cheaper after that.
That’s nothing compared to American tuition.

I’m not financing it with money from the school, no. I am in no way rich off of this hahahaha.
I pay myself a third of what I pay my employees so I can afford to pay them fairly.

I do freelance work for actual money, mostly translation and commercials. So it’s common that I’ll finish work at the school and then go meet a client for different work. :B


Aerospace engineering in Japanese? Wow, good luck! Be careful not to burn yourself out.


Yeah, that’s really hard. ): Thank you.