Do lessons get easier after level 10?

Thanks for the insight. It seems everybody has a different experience, I’ll have to wait and see for myself. I am optimistic that I’ll be able to keep up my current pace.


I’m at the same point as you are but one thing I’ve noticed on is that the radicals are front loaded.

So after lesson 13 you’ll never have more than 8 radicals per lesson anymore, whereas in the first 6 lessons you always have between 20-34.

After lesson 42 you’ll never have more than 3 new radicals per lesson. So at least one thing definitely gets easier :slight_smile:


Aw, I actually like radical lessons, they’re the ones I find easiest.






Partly. As others have said, you get used to the flow of kanji that are appearing and can even sometimes guess the reading based on their most prominent radical. The thing I’ve found difficult about getting higher and higher in level is coming across kanji that are inherently similar to kanji I’ve already gotten through on lower levels.

水、氷、求 and 永 are causing me problems at the moment.


I’ve already had a bit of trouble with 年/生 and 生/牛.


It eases up in the sense that you get used to the routine/system by then. But the amount of effort stays the same or may even increase once you start burning items.
There’s also certain levels that are much harder than others, some levels will stick really well and others won’t.


That Koichi - what a kidder!


The routine gets easier. But the numbers increase. Kanji look more similar and complex, always exceptions. More unusual readings. And you get back a ton of older stuff.

The vocab does gets easier to deal with in my opinion, either with readings or meanings.

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Not sure if after level ten but they get way easier after you start using phonetic components that some kanji have. I strongly suggest anyone to install the semantic-phonetic-composition add on. During my lessons, it is one of the parts I pay the most attention.


Why does the effort increase once you start burning items? I thought that meant they just don’t come back so you have fewer items.

You need to review them before burning, thus the additional reviews. Also you’ll probably not get them all right, thus they fall back in their SRS stage and end up as reviews again.


Like @Kappa420 said, it’s simply hundreds of additional reviews that appear. Even though it’s content you should already know, it’s that much more effort.

That makes sense, thanks, and you @PlumeTone

I think I’m going to give a bit of a different opinion, but I think lessons have been getting continually harder, generally speaking. I think this is mostly because in the first 10 levels all of the kanji you learn have basic meanings for the most part and are also quite common so there’s plenty of reinforcement. The primary problem I’ve faced with the later levels however is the increasingly complex/obscure meanings. Readings, as other people have mentioned, most definitely get easier because you begin to recognize phonetic components.

Just looking back at my past level, you can see how remembering 騒 (boisterous) or 延 (prolong) would be harder than something like 服 or 新.


Lessons get easier to memorize when you get used to the system. But oh boy does it hurt to sleep with 0 reviews and wake up to 200+…

Summer holiday hit after level 10. So no, it didn’t get easier. It got harder actually.
But that was mostly due to personal circumstances.

I also knew a lot already from the first 10 levels. The further I get, the less I know. I’m entering the unknown. And I have 70 lessons pending, so i’m going to chop off 10 of them now.

The same as most around here: it gets harder. It feels like taking that cough medicine: you know you hate it but it will help you in the long run in your language acquiring process.

I’ve just gotten to level 10. Koichi is still telling me it will get easier, but this time he provides an explanation.

It means you finished the hardest group of levels, which (for most people) is levels 5-9.
Level 10 is about where things begin to even out. As in, you should be burning items and getting them out of your review queue.

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