Finished lvl 60 on boxing day after 356 days

My apologies for not making a post sooner, as well as limiting my activities on the forum substantially, I have been solely reading the forums up until now.

I will keep this relatively short, I want to make this post as some sort of completion of this past year, that I finally reached and completed lvl 60. It shows that I don’t know the forum well enough because I could have made this post 3,5 days earlier ;D.

It was a hell of a ride, and I would like to thank the WaniKani-team for putting up a great learning resource like this and the community for all the support, the tips and tricks out there.

My prior Japanese experience was close to zero. I decided to learn Japanese a bit over a year ago and I found out about WaniKani early January this year.

I had no idea what I was doing up to and including lvl 5, after that I found out about the forum and read very helpful info. I decided to speed run it, with scripts obviously.

That being said, I will be honest here, I did have to cheat into Guru to keep the number of apprentice items down. It was going very well up to level 40-50, at that point I was doing 300-400 reviews a day, which was a fine number for me. At around 50-55 I was having a serious breakdown, nothing wanted to stick anymore and was messing up a lot of reviews. I seriously had to plow through level 55-60. This last week I was doing 600-700 reviews a day, which will continue for a while I reckon. My review style is punishing, I feel like it’s ok to let items go into guru for throughput, but be strict on failing/burning after. Often I felt like I didn’t know an item well enough and failed on purpose, or resurrected burned items immediately because of that same reason.

I have barely done any other learning resource aside WaniKani. I did Duolingo on the side for a while, so I have some very very basic knowledge of particles and sentence build at least. I tried getting into Genki 1, but I didn’t like it, maybe I will revisit it soon.

For the next year I will focus on all the items leftover in the WaniKani pool, grammar (books and/or Bunpro) and reading. Perhaps some Kitsun/KaniWani but I think I will leave this for later. I will certainly come back for the book clubs here, those seem very valuable in practicing reading.

Happy holidays everyone!

Edit:
I wanted to mention one last thing. It is the forum style posts that sadly doesn’t work well for me and held me a bit off in interacting more with the WK community. I prefer a setting similar to a chatroom, something like Discord for instance, I think it could be very fitting to this community.

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Congratulations! :crabigator: :cake:

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おめでとうございます!:fireworks:

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Congratulations - very impressive !

I am very curious of your experience as starting to zero : have you done any reading ? Are you able to comprehend japanese despite the gaps in grammar?

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Well done!

Genki is certainly very popular but it’s not the only way to go if you don’t enjoy it. I also didn’t like it very much so instead I mostly used Cure Dolly + Tae Kim for the basics + this anki deck: Guide for Beginners - Japanese like a breeze (you can tweak it to display kanji and not roumaji to use your extensive kanji knowledge).

I really like that deck because it just teaches you basic vocab and grammar using real-world examples so it makes it easier to move on to light reading afterwards (for me mainly videogames and manga at the moment).

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Thanks!

No reading at all. Very basic sentences are going ok-ish, that’s really it. The fact that I did some Duolingo on the side helps with understanding how the sentences are built.

I know it was not really smart to speedrun WK and not focus on other parts of the language learning process. I set myself some loose goals for these years. Going with WK mainly the past year, get some familiarity with Japanese, focus on kanji and vocabulary. For this oncoming year I will focus on grammar and reading. So hopefully by next year this time, i can say “yes, I have done some reading, it is going much better already :).”

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Thanks!

The classroom style book is not working for me.

I have Tae Kim on my phone and scanned it a bit, it definitely looks more like my style. Thanks for the other resources, i will have look!