Do you write down Wanikani lessons?


Not really bothered. It’s easy to tell when people are giving compliments. I don’t know how you got what you got from those two posts.

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I wouldn’t mind at all :slight_smile:
So, that page is from when I was starting out, and I was still writing down the “vocabulary exemples that use that kanji” and all that, because I felt like it would help me to get used to the whole writing system.
But now what I do is:
I divide the lessons in sections: the radicals, the kanji and vocabulary, and only write down those “exemples” in the radicals part (completely unnecessary, but I like writing them down).
I’ll add pictures of more recent lessons to illustrate how i organize it. The radicals are in green, kanji in blue and vocab in purple.
I write down the radicals, then, when kanjis show up in the lessons, I just draw a line, write a title, and start writing them below that. Same with when vocabs show up.
Ps.: I also like to mark down the “stressed syllable” in the vocabs part (maybe you can spot the little marks in the romaji words in the third picture), when there is one, so that I can remember how to pronounce it correctly.
Ps2.: I only write them down when they first show up, I don’t rewrite them when I’m doing reviews.
Hope it helps :relaxed:


Actually writing kanji is something I want to work on for 2020. I don’t think I’ll ever be in the situation where I need to write kanji from memory–I very rarely write Japanese by hand and I almost always am just copying something that I can look at when I do. So technically, I don’t need to. But it’s still something I want to work on.
Maybe I’ll even try to get into calligraphy someday DX That will be an endeavor for the future, though. For 2020 I just wanna work on writing legible kanji with the correct stroke order etc.


I write down everything. From Radical to Vocab. Although, there are some exceptions. Some radicals I don’t write down and when doing vocab, if a kanji appears in multiple vocabs within the same lesson, I usually just ignore the one where it appears by itself. As an example, I will write down 和服, but not 服. I write everything down 3 times then go to the next. I only write them down when I have to input the Kana, not the English word. The exceptions are radicals… obviously.
I just write them one after the other as they appear, I definitely don’t organize them like you do. I just write 'til the end of the row, then go the next one.
I only do this when I’m at home though, everywhere else, I just do them without writing. There are also times when I don’t feel like writing them down, so I don’t.


I write down everything. Sometimes multiple times. On multiple days.


I don’t write down WK lessons, but I started studying kanji with RTK and learned how to write the first ~300 kanji. Based on that experience I can tell you that it’s usually much much easier to write a kanji in its correct stroke order, it just flows. And they usually look nicer too.
So even if you don’t want to exactly learn how to write each kanji (for example, I can’t be bothered to learn the different stroke order of 右 and 左), I’d recommend you to check a fair amount in the beginning so that you get a feel for how it works and from there you will be able to guess the writing of future kanji.

Also, maybe you already know this, but I wanted to point out that Japanese words don’t have a stressed syllable, but rather a pitch tone. A word could have more than one mora that we would consider “stressed”. So I really recommend you that you get the WK pitch info script if you haven’t done so yet!


I’ve been writing everything down since I started learning too, except for radicals. I use a graph book which helps to get the kanji size right. (I do go by stork order).
I dedicate a page at a time for kanji (marked orange), another for vocabulary (marked blue) with examples sentences and then another for grammar (marked yellow). I usually only do this at home because it takes so long.

oh, I never thought of doing that. That’s such a good idea.


I like to write it down, but I am usually at work when I do my lessons so it’s usually on scraps of random paper, but after seeing your fancy writing I’m inspired to get a fancy notebook and make it look so much better.


I’m aware :slight_smile: I knew saying stressed syllable was wrong, but I couldn’t by the life of me remember the word “pitch”, so I just wrote it anyway and added quotation marks.
And I use the marks in my notes overall as a guide to pronunciation, whenever there’s a particular pitch I think I should remember.
And as for the stroke order, when I tried to learn them, I kinda noticed there’s some logic behind it, so I still apply it a bit, but not so strictly. Maybe someday I’ll gather some energy to go back to studying it


Thought that may be the case because you used quotation marks. But since I could only see individual moras underlined I thought it was worth mentioning just in case ^^


You know what, I had totally forgotten about this, but when I read your sentence “…but I just love the whole process of writing everything down and being able to see my progress on a piece of paper.” I remembered I used to write down my lessons as well xp How could I forget about that! I must have stopped when I got into university and got formal Japanese classes, meaning I had to know how to write a whole bunch of kanji already… Where would those sheets of paper be?


Yeah, I know it’s not ideal and it’s far from academical accuracy, but it does help me to remember how to pronounce certain words. But thanks for the correction :slight_smile:

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That is GORGEOUS! If you ever made kanji prints similar to these I’m sure they’d be a hit.

In college I used to write kanji back-to-back-to-back in my notebook in hopes of preparation for tests. It would fill the entire page (even the upper margin). Looked messy but also pretty cool. Tossed 'em at the end of each term but I should have saved a picture!


I don’t do that. I didn’t learn to write any japanese character. I am thinking to save to the very end

One of my 2020 Japanese goals as well!

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Personally i wouldnt value the benefit of writing it down high enough to ever bother.
But most of the items stick for me after 2-3 repetitions, i dont even know if thats good retention or not but its enough to save the time it would take to practice the writing.

Another reason would be that i dont actually intend on handwriting japanese, and wanikani has at this level become a supplement to lots of reading for me.

If i needed it for memory retention or i intended to handwrite often i would do it.
Not sure if youre just searching for likeminded people of want others opinion on whether or not its worth it

Every time I get a new Kanji, I copy and paste it into Jisho and draw it by stroke order. Funny thing about those two Kanji you mentioned, depending on how I start the first stroke, my muscle memory will auto-complete.If I did horizontal stroke first,there’s no way my hand is going to draw 右. It will always, without fail, draw 左. The opposite is also true.


So you have to show us the other two as well, because this one is gorgeous!

By the way, is she a firebender? ^^


These are the other two. Didn’t post them before because they are basically just redraws of pieces made by artists I like (just changed a bit of the color scheme and that’s it).
First one’s based on a piece made by Mateusz Urbanowicz, and second one on @ellievsbear’s work. They’re both amazing artists and everyone should totally check out their paintings


And I guess she could totally be a fire bender :fire: She’s already got that bad bitch face like Azula’s, for one