Any words of wisdom for a recently subbed guy?

WK is a tool not a test.

Use the audio.


You should have recieved an email, if not then just contact them and ask for your stickers and certificate.


Hey, thanks. Right where you said it might be


So many words of wisdom!

I’d like to give you a fair warning from someone that had to reset down because he just couldnt do it no more.
Not me though. It’s, eh, a friend.

I think consistency is the key. There’s really no benefit to doing all your lessons at once (Other than radicals, because they’re a speed bump).
Figure out how fast you wanna go. If you’re doing 20 lessons every day, you get to do atleast 200 Items every day once you start burning things. More depending on how high your %'s on reviews are.
Include into that and you’ll get another ~140/day.
Missing a single day, as others have pointed out plenty, and having to face more than 400 reviews can be pretty discouraging.

20 Items/Day gets you to ~8days/Level.
(You can put hypothetical speeds into to see by when you’d reach certain milestones)
Personally I wouldn’t recommend going any faster than that unless you have alot of time.

If you plan on going at a healthier pace, like 15 lessons per day (~11 Days/Level) or 10 Lessons per day (~16 Days/Level), you don’t need the reorder script. Otherwise I’d definitely get it.


Don’t tag @CyrusS.


This. So much this! Audio combined with pitch accent script is the best combo to learn pronunciation.

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The best thing is just to keep at it, if you feel overwhelmed just do reviews and get your apprentice items down to a manageable level where you’re happy before adding more lessons. That’s what I’m doing right now…instead of following my urge to complete all my tempting kanji lessons.


This topic has so many replies already, but I’ll share what I have.

Look into some of the scripts–specifically ones that alter the dashboard. They can help know what’s coming up, how you’re doing, how consistent (or inconsistent) you’ve been with your reviews and such. Plus, they add some extra style. As someone else said, I would recommend not using the reorder scripts. They seem to often be abused and then people have massive buildups of lessons. I would also advise against the ignore script as it is easy to casually abuse it. It sucks to get spellings wrong sometimes, but they happen less if you just slow down.

With respect to lessons, I learned that it seems like it would be easy to go full speed and do all of your lessons at the beginning of each level in one big block. Don’t. It’s not worth it and you may end up being unable to do reviews because you don’t know them well enough. You can still get through at ‘almost’ full speed by just splitting up the lessons correctly. If you get through radicals, you have time to do the other lessons while you get your radicals up to guru. I usually do radicals and a couple kanji, then the rest of the kanji and some vocab when everything hits apprentice III. Then the rest of the vocab at apprentice IV so I don’t have to do vocab and new kanji at the same time.

Sorry for the huge block. Everyone else has contributed a ton as well. Good luck, and hope to continue seeing you around! If ever need any help, everyone here is super friendly (as you can already see). :slight_smile:


I agree. Most of the deep learning and memorization takes place when you immerse yourself in the lanuage.

Read*. Even if you can’t understand the grammar, even if you don’t recognize most of the kanji, even if you think there’s no point trying. I remember thinking “this is pointless, what am I even doing this for?” when I started reading NHK Easy news. And now, I can proudly say that I only look at the furigana some of the time, and can tell you (without looking at the main picture) what the main point of the article is.

*This includes the sample sentences that WK teaches with vocab. Yes, even the ridiculously hard ones. I can’t count the number of times I recognize a freshly-learned grammar point in those sentences.


Oh, your Wanikani reviews are hard? But did you die tho?



I can’t believe nobody told him to do his reviews, smh


Yes, use the audio religiously and audibly say each one out loud in a clear voice with the right tone and pronunciation. Don’t worry about anyone hearing you…well, unless you are in a library. Shhhhh!

Your brain will learn better and faster with multiple sources of input. You will remember symbols just from saying them previously even when the mnemonic escapes you. That is the ultimate goal of each symbol.


DO YOUR REVIEWS!!! Do not skip any days. Discipline is key. Do not give up. Pace yourself on new lessons.

Last but not least, enjoy the experience. You will feel pain and other emotions from lows to highs. This means you are alive! Relish in this experience roller coaster. Charge headfirst into danger!!! Ok, I’ll stop now. I have reviews to do.



Don’t give up no matter what. I started on WK a while ago but dropped out. I’m just getting back into it again. I checked my data with and it said I opened my account over 700 days ago. If I would have just stuck with it, I’d be posting an “all burned” post right now. =__=


Welcome back!


Speaking of the sample sentences, is there by some miracle a resource for parsing those sentences? Even with the help of good dictionaries and numerous resources on grammar, I often can’t identify all the words and particles, let alone recognize the sentence structure. It would be wonderful to have at least a way to label the components.

Unfortunately, what you’re describing is a Japanese teacher/friend/person who speaks Japanese and can explain it to you. However, if you use Satori Reader, it does a great job of explaining grammar particles or expressions within the context of the sentence. If you are really set on figuring out the sample sentences, and don’t have the grammar/vocab level needed to generally understand them, try taking notes as you look up parts of them and build the sentence for yourself. Do you use the “hide sample sentence translation” script?

Thanks, raephe, for the suggestions. I haven’t used scripts, but I’ll investigate them now.

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I highly recommend these two userscripts to improve the user experience with sample sentences:

It’s not exactly what you asked for, but I find them extremely useful!


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