Are those who are completing in 7 days really learning everything?

I find it hard to believe that people are learning all the kanji and vocal in a week for each level … I’m averaging 75% correct rates so will no way hit a week… how are people doing this? please share your secrets!


I think some people just learn faster :slight_smile:
If it takes you more than a week, that’s fine! It’s not a race, so just take your time and learn everything properly.
Also, if you’re just starting to learn Japanese, it might take longer because you’re not used to it. Once you get accustomed to what kanji looks like and the vocabulary you’ll probably speed up


My secret is drinking Crabigator Juice while doing my reviews. It’s Red Bull mixed with Crabigator Holy Water


Should have drank sprite :smirk:


How do you even get Crabigator Holy Water? Do you get the Crabigator to bless it or…?


There’s usually a learning curve at the beginning of kanji learning, I wasn’t getting great accuracy at the start either :grin:

But as you continue to progress, your brain adapts to these crazy looking characters and you become more efficient at learning Japanese, and thus you’ll find your happy medium in regards to your optimal leveling speed.

For some people this can be 7 days, for some it can be 1 month, but there are other factors that can influence this pace as well, including things like your learning priorities (for example, some people may prefer to take WK slower and spend more time on grammar or other areas of Japanese study), so in the end, all that matters is getting there at a pace comfortable to you. Language learning is not a race :slightly_smiling_face:

Also, as you continue to level, it’s very helpful to start reading Japanese material, which further reinforces the kanji and vocab you learn here and can help boost accuracy during reviews ^^

So all in all, you’ll acclimate to kanji-learning as you progress and you’ll find things just stick better, but the key is consistency – you need to make WK a daily habit. That’s the secret to efficiently making it to 60 ^^



Crabigator blessing through Prophet Koichi or Prophet Viet.


Finally a way to cleanse me of my sins… *gazes into the distance *

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More time spent on lessons up front. Instead of taking the lesson quiz right away, click on “I need more time”, then cycle through them repeatedly until you can recite both the reading and meaning without hesitation. Your reviews will go a lot faster, and accuracy will increase.


i’m only recently back to study w/ wanikani, but i think one thing is to study the radicals besides the time with the review or lesson.

I was asking myself the same question, but just for curiosity.

Everyone has their own time… some people do learn some things faster than others.

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I always was a quick learner at school. And even now I’m older it’s easier then I expected to remember the meaning of the kanji (although I sometimes think my brain is going to explode with all the new information I want to store in it).

I finished level 2 in six days one hour. My accuracy is between 78.6 and 84.5% for reading and between 96.1 and 96.9% for meaning. But I don’t know if I still remember all those word in a few weeks or months, I just hope so…

It’s also helpful to look at how much time you expect to spend on Japanese per day. If you only want to commit to maybe 30-45 minutes/day total, it’s going to be hard to sustain the 7day level ups. However, if you’re supplementing WK with reading, listening, grammar study, etc, it’s going to be easier. It’s not right or wrong to spend more or less time but you should set your expectations appropriately. :slight_smile:

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There’s no doubt in my mind that the people hitting 7 day level-ups are learning everything. After all, if you haven’t learned it, you’ll just get it wrong and get more practice with it.

That said, a strategy some people with more free time will take is to use WK Override to ensure they never get a kanji/radical wrong if it will result in a longer level. By the nature of SRS, these people are still learning all the kanji just fine, but have to spend more time on reviews, as they may not have the previous level down perfectly by the time they start the next. Any guru-level items they didn’t really have down will slip back to apprentice so they can learn them properly.

And of course, some people are just a bit quicker with languages. When I’m keeping up with WK, I generally maintain an 85%-95% correct rate.


I keep a cheat sheet/journal with all words/readings/kanji written out. The adding of smaller letters got me for awhile in the beginning like with “Three things” being “Mittsu” though you don’t really pronounce the lil fella like ‘k’ in knife.

How to accomplish one level in one week:
there is a great post about “the fast way” of WaniKani. Of course, it’s not a race and not about beeing fast, but I like the speek of 1 week for a level.

Do I learn everything?
SHURELY NOT! Even with Master oder Enlighten items I often think “Never saw that one”. But I also use KaniWani. This website is made by WK-Users, completely free and you can simply repeat the vocabs from English->Japanese. The best feature about KaniWani is, that you can do it on your smarphone with a handwriting keyboard (see pic). So I also learn the writing, which is a real great help in reading and speaking Japanese!!

On the other hand it’s not important to lern everything. If you just make WK you won’t be able to read Japanese on Level 60. First there is something called grammar and second there are many words without kanji in their writing. WK wont teach you this words, so you must lern them too. The solution: READ, READ, READ

~T :lion:


It gets better. As @MissMisc said, in the beginning you’re learning how to learn kanji as much as the kanji/vocab themselves. You eventually start to see some patterns in readings that help out as well. Vocab gets easier down the line too because of all the compound words (until you hit exceptions like 信号)

As far as as how to do it quickly, know which reviews are critical for leveling up. Radicals are the important ones in the first batch, then the new kanji in the second batch are important. Everything else can be done at your own pace (and should be, to avoid giant walls of reviews). Time reviews so that they’re ready when you are. I like to learn new stuff around 7 pm when I can help it, because the first review shows up at 11 pm before I go to bed. If I get them right, the next one’s at 7 am when I wake up and they can be done again without any time lost.

Most importantly, show up for reviews every day. The above stuff is nice but the secret is that there’s no secret. Don’t fret about accuracy too much, just keep doing it and review mnemonics when you get something wrong and let the SRS handle the timing. You don’t have to be perfect, just consistent for the results to come.




Maybe you already know this, and I’m the one who’s not understanding what you meant, but it sounds like you’re saying that みっつ is pronounced exactly the same as みつ. In fact, they’re different and it’s an important distinction to learn early on. Here’s a short video that explains the proper pronunciation of small つ.


I forgot to mention it’s like a behbeh pause so actually not like knife. But in my head, the lil cuties like in ‘kyou’ will always make me think of learning to spell knife. Dunno why. Great video!!

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I sure hope so.