Wanikani is the best tool I have for learning kanji and vocabulary. It’s fun and addictive.
So, naturally, I want to use it more.
I’m also taking a class in meatspace - at the Japanese cultural center in Seattle, where we’re using the Genki textbooks. Currently, I’m in the third class in the series, and we have just started Genki chapter 9.
It would be immensely useful to be able to use Wanikani to learn the kanji and vocabulary for my class’s current chapter, which I am instead studying from the book and with Genki’s Android app. In recent chapters I’ve encountered words using the On reading for black (which I learned in WK just an hour ago!), or the kanji for electricity, which is still in my future here.
The requested feature is the ability to unlock any future item. I could go to the Level 47 page, for example - many levels past where I am now - click on a kanji or vocabulary item and press an “Unlock This Item” button. This would then get added to my review queue without regard to any prerequisites or when it would normally appear, and I could then progress through Apprentice, Guru, etc.
That way I can learn words I need for my class this week using the best available tool.
If I “guru” an item unlocked in this manner, should it unlock other items that have it as a prerequisite, like vocabulary using that kanji? should it result in being able to clear that level at an earlier date than usual? I don’t care - whatever makes the programming easier! I want the feature just to be able to get a word I really want to know right away into the review rotation.
If unlocking kanji/radicals ahead of schedule would introduce too much chaos into the leveling-up or prerequisite calculation system, then limit it to just vocabulary words, which are what we mainly need to know for classes anyway.
Thanks for reading and hopefully considering this idea.