Anyone taking a while to finish too?

Don’t give the fast runners bad rep :stuck_out_tongue: I slept a solid 8h a day when I was going through the levels, that’s part of the formula to succeed :slight_smile:

It’s okay to take years to finish, because we can always start over and give it a fresh start :slight_smile: I was a beast with grammar for 6 months (N4+ level), and then I took a 2 years’ break. My gf @FlamySerpent on the other hand reached N1 grammar level in 1 year and half. She’s a beast, so that inspires me to kick myself into grammar again :sunglasses:

Consistency + time is the best formula guys. Don’t try to do too much in one day. Bill Gates once said that we overestimate what we can do in 1 day and we underestimate what we can do in 1 year.

10 lessons a day should keep most people with less than 1h of usage. If you’re able to focus when doing WK, it should take around 30 minutes a day. That makes you reach level 60 in 2 years, which is significantly faster than any beginner of Japanese could dream of achieving <3


Haha, 僕も (although, unlike me, I think you did finish in under a year).


High school… younger years… :smiley:

I have been trying to learn Japanese properly for 20 years, so if it takes you 4-5 years total to get through WK, you are still better off than I am! :smiley:

That said, I plan to be done this year, probably around 400 days total because I found something that works (WK) and I know if I stop for even a day, it will become 2, then 3, etc. I know myself and my crappy habits by now…

I wish you luck in your goal, and if it takes extra time just realize you are learning and you haven’t given up.


Yeah, I was thinking the same thing too. Now, I’m not no genius, but I thought I would get this done faster than the average person. BuT I think I it’s been exactly a year since I first started and I’m still only on level 24. I thought I would hit level 60 in about a year and two months or something, but it doesn’t seem that way :confused: I do hear that some of the later levels go faster though? so don’t lose hope! 頑張って!


Some levels you can go faster on, but it’s a lot of work from what I hear.

Someone who has done the fast levels can correct me if I’m wrong, but in order to level up you need 90% of new kanji Guru’d. As far as I know, the “fast” levels are just ones that have 10% or less of the new kanji locked behind new radicals. So you do unlock enough kanji to theoretically level up right from the get go, however, I don’t believe the overall workload of the fast levels (radicals + kanji + vocab) is much lower than other levels.

So for fast levels the only thing that really changes is the shortest possible time it could take to level up, but if you level up faster you’ll probably either have more vocabulary lessons buildup or a lot more apprentice and guru items, so a lot more reviews

yeah, the fast levels have a similar number of kanji and vocab then the slow levels, but very few or no radicals. so you can level up in half the time, but it’s still the same amount of work. if you’re already taking it slower, the fast levels won’t make you go (much) faster

I’ve not been a super, super long time, but I’m sitting at 24 after just over two years.

I didn’t know that learning kanjis was a contest. I thought that we were all here to learn japanese, and so I do. I eat my daily chunks of 100 reviews and 5 lessons by day. I take a full month on each level. Now by level ten I feel that I need more grammar but not more kanjis. Even with furigana attached I can’t understand a sentence on a graded book. I get some words, but not the full sentence.
Speeding up the kanjis doesn’t appeal to me. If I have to put more time somewhere it will be in grammar for sure.

So bad, wanikani doesn’t teach grammar … but it seems that bunpro is quite good at that, and satori reader is great at giving texts that you can read in japanese, listen to and even see the translation when needed. Both of them support sincronization with your actual wanikani level and hide furigana for kanjis that you already now.

My advice is that you need maybe to go slow with the kanjis and focus on other things that will make you truly fluent, beyond the kanjis.

Wathever you decide, best wishes on your path to japanese laguage :slight_smile:

I’m just back after a year off lol. Something to do innit!

As someone here said: WaniKani is not a sprint, it’s a marathon.
Just hang on and you’ll be rewarded with enlightenment.

Tried to speedrun in the beginning, but that backfired quickly, because my memory didn’t play along, so I take my 14 to 20 days per level.


I saw a thread where someone finally reached level 60 after several years. Don’t worry too much about the speed, just do it when you can and try to be consistent!

Been here since 2013 and reset a few times. I think I’m finally at a point where I can finish. What matters in the end is what you personally get out of it.



Although for me it’s going to take just over two years since I didn’t figure out a good pace until a year ago.

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