Any way to speed up the progress?

Hello!I am new to the Wanikani,so what interests me is if I can change the speed of learning or not?If yes,than how?
It’s hell of the problem when you can only learn some amount of kanjis when you have time to spare and can achive much more.For me,at least.
Also I would like to ask another thing:
Will wanikani not allow me to go to the next level if I answer even 1 radical/kanji incorrectly?I understand that they want us to learn without blank spaces,but I could access wanikani only very late in the evening for the past week and all I could do is normal review.Or I don’t understan somethin’?

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Heyo!

Guru-ing an item means getting that item right in both reading and meaning four reviews in a row, where the reviews are spaced out with increasing gaps in between. You get to level up for new kanji lessons when you guru at least 90% of the kanji in level 1. This means there is definitely a minumum amount of time you’ll be spending per level, but it’s up to you to be around to do the reviews when they become available in order to progress most efficiently.

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Short answer: you can’t speed up progress more than answering everything correct and doing reviews as soon as they pop up.

In general, you go to the next level when you’ve guru’d (or gotten 4 times in a row correct, roughly) 90% of kanji in a level. You can basically get 2 or 3 kanji indefinitely wrong while still progressing in levels. What I would focus on is getting the individual kanji/radical/vocab right, as it starts slow, but will get really fast really soon.
The slow start is to protect you, not to frustrate you.

I you feel like you have time to spare, there are multiple things you can do. Consume Japanese content is one. Additionally, there are some vocab courses on memrise for example. Read up on Japanese culture. Keep in mind that WK is just one part of your study.

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Thanks!Also,that means I should learn the sounds of the radicals that are also a kanji?(woman,person and ect.).Wanikani doesn’t provide the sound function,if my prediction is right.If not I should just ignore everything except stroke order and meaning and go on?

Thanks for advice,I’ll heed it.It’s really a confusing amount of the information about leatning that I even got confused where to go after the basics of the basics learning of the katakan and hiragana.I thought at least to grasp the meaning behind radicals and their stroke order and only than go for grammar,but it seems I aimed for too much.

So, think of the radicals (the items that show up in blue) you’re learning here as… nothing to do with the Japanese language. There is no sound associated with them, they’re just little pictograms for you to recognize within kanji that are built up of these shapes. You’re learning the names of these radicals in order to be able to understand the mnemonics WaniKani uses to help you identify/recall the meaning/reading of kanji (the items that show up in pink).

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Agreed.The radicals one learns here are just a part of learning to recognize and remember kanji.

The addition I’d like to make is that the lack of meaning doesn’t mean they are not important. Learning radicals will enhance your ability for example for kanji which seem very similar. Because they look alike, you will confuse them at the start. By recognizing the parts of the kanji as radicals, it becomes much easier to distinguish these similar kanji.

(I’m sorry, Glias. I don’t think our posts are that much apart, I just wanted to highlight the fact that radicals are very useful, despite not having a formal function within the Japanese language.)

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Thanks,guys!Appreciate your help.

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You might find this interesting to pass time between reviews :slight_smile: Resource thread

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I like your username o:<<

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WaniKani already speeds up a bit at level 2, but if once there you still want to fill up your spare time, I’d recommend learning some grammar. Kanji doesn’t help all that much for that, so you could as well start now with the easy stuff.

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Thanks! I like the cat in your profile picture :blush:

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The start is slow, yeah. But I’m glad there wasn’t a way to speed it up significantly. Now, a couple levels in, I accumulated a small vocab lesson backlog and more than enough reviews a day (though I keep them at a comfortable level by having only a couple more than 100 apprentices… I’m glad I read this suggestion so many times! (reading the forums is a nice way to spend time between reviews, too)). :sweat_smile:
Keep in mind that with WK you’ll not just learn the Kanjis, but also a lot of readings and vocab with their readings and the meanings of all of them. So that’s quite a bit you need to memorize and if you’re serious about studying Japanese you’ll most likely (and should, imo) utilize other resources like grammar guides, videos, etc.

What I really want to say is… enjoy the slow levels as long as you’re in them. :smile:

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yes, I am agreeing. i have studied some japanese before, and got a 100% on my last review… and iam still not alllowed to move forward to learning more Kanji?? i want to learn on my own speed!!!

Then this tool may not be for you. You can only learn as fast as the pace of the system. The tool is set up for a specific style of teaching that may not be what suits everyone.

Also, when you are only at level 1 you may want to hold off on judging the pace of the system until you get further in.

From your profile it looks like you’ve been a member for two weeks but haven’t even guru’d the radicals yet? :face_with_raised_eyebrow: You should be able to finish level one completely in less than four days.

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Yeah okay. This is stupid. If the creators of this app only want customers who are both fine with the set study speed and don’t know any kanji already. That’s fine with me. But it is beyond ridiculous to enforce this study pace. I already know about 200 kanji. This way of learning really appeals to me and the site looks great. But I am not going to sit and repeat things I already know for god knows how long and waste days and weeks of study time. Great concept, garbage app. Bye.

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Damn, people will see my dirty laundry now. Ah, good to be young and naive…

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If you said you knew about 1000 or above, I’d understand. But only 200?

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