And another 2 questions ._,

Hello everyone again.I am having little troubles again and hope you can help me a bit.
First,I want to know how can I write じさつ aka “little tsu”.Google says I should write double tsu,but wanikani doesn’t accepts that.In the end,I made mistake in やっつ reading and would like to not make it again.How can I do it on wnikani?Or setting my keyboard to japanes one is the only way?
Than I would also like to consult with wanikani wondeful community about one thing:which japanese level wanikani expects me to have on different levels?Well,I do understand that they don’t expect anything of me at the level one except hiragana and katakana, but what about further levels?As I see, wanikani starts to provide examples for the vocabulary.That means that from some point it’s better for me know all the japanese grammatics?I’ve only started with basic paticals だ , だった ,じゃない and じゃなかった and plan to learn more,but don’t always have time for this to learn.That means I will miss some income I could get otherwise or?


Type the consonant of the second syllable twice, so for やっつ you can type yattsu.


thanks,I’ll do that in the future!But my second question still remains.

I find that you can start using Wanikani at anytime during your studies, it gives you some vocab to practice your newly learnt grammar with immediately, so that is great! And if grammar is relevant to the actual understanding of the vocab in Wanikani it tends to give a short explanation.

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You can also type x to get little characters. yaxtsutsu = やっつ. Far less convenient though, but needed for the occasional small non っ/ッ characters.
Other than knowing kana, there’s really no Japanese expectations. A higher proficiency would make example sentences easier to read without the translation, but that’s about it.


WaniKani uses quite some vocab that has grammatical relations. Knowing grammar is absoluetely not neccessary to learn the vocab, but wihtout the grammar its plain old memorizing. The more grammar you know, the more you’ll see the structure which the vocab bases on.
Therefore knowing grammar makes it a lot easier to learn.

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This works for other small characters too, like ぁぃぅぇぉっ is xa, xi, xu, xe, xo, xtu/xtsu.

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They say that people should have started studying Japanese grammar by the time they reach level 10. However, some people prefer to start studying grammar as soon as possible (some even before starting Wanikani), but others don’t mind waiting.

Personally, I’d suggest starting grammar early so that you can start reading other materials or doing something else that will help reinforce all the vocab you’ll be learning.

Some things that come up in the early levels of Wanikani and tend to confuse grammar beginners are number counters and transitive vs. intransitive verbs, so if you have limited time, it might be a good idea to take a look at those soon. Here are a couple of relevant articles from the Tofugu blog:


What does this mean? What would じさつ have to do with “little tsu?”

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They might be thinking 小さいつ

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That’s certainly an unfortunate mixup if they did mean that.


If you sound out 自殺 it sounds similar to 小さいつ。

“All I wanted was to count to 8, but instead I ended up killing myself.”


I like to use L (as in little) - “ltsu” = っ - but note that doesn’t work on WaniKani’s built-in IME (which treats L as being R).

Wanikani has no expectations on grammar. Wanikani only teaches Kanji. So to be able to read, Wanikani is not enough. You need to study grammar outside of Wanikani.

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