I’m still in level 2, trying to see if this works for me.
I would really like to know your opinion. This is what I think about WK so far, and I’ve been using other apps and doing my own things, I’m a developer so I understand how it works underneath (in case you think I don’t).
- Is not cool if you already studied maybe 300 kanjis, and passed kanken exams, like me, to start over and spend time on basic stuff. I’m not talking about the famous “slow complaint”. I like the way it works, but it’s extremely slow when you already know some kanjis. Give me the choice to try, then to move where I want, I don’t care if I have to start paying.
- There’s no way to choose what you study. It doesn’t matter if it’s based on an algorithm. You could mark burned anything you want. There’s ways to cheat SRS. Give your own way to choose is freedom. The possibility to avoid some kanjis because you think they are not useful at all. Or at least delay them.
- Some vocab is not useful at all, too difficult or too basic or too rare, and we are forced to learn it. We cannot add our own vocabulary. In the first levels, it looks like people who starts using wanikani should be noobs. In fact, it’s completely the contrary. Most of the people who starts here, I guess, is because after a couple of years studying japanese they find out kanjis are really hard. In my case, after nearly 8 years. So spending time learning vocabulary that is the same as the kanji, same pronunciation, everything, makes you feel really stupid. Some others are not the one I would choose for that particular kanji.
Why not give us the chance to choose vocabulary that contains combinations of kanjis we are studying so far? or at least, organized from all, to some, to just one. That would be awesome. But needs a little work on WK part, and probably using Jisho api or something like that …
And also, giving us the choice to mark something as “don’t like this” or “not useful”, would help WK know which is the vocabulary people like the least. Maybe give options of community added vocab.
TYPOS AND RECOGNITION
This is frustrating. It’s cool that it tells you : Don’t write the kun, write the on yomi here!.Thank god!. But there should be some kind of typo check level. Not only in pronunciation, that one is important to do right. But the meaning. For not native english speakers this is important. We fail many times on adding some letters.
- A check to see if you missed one letter, or swaped two letters. That’s extremely easy to do.
- If you write by mistake a meaning on a reading (easy to do, just check if it’s wrong, and it’s the meaning letters) in case all of them have hiragana (if not, it doesn’t accept it, which is great),
- If you write a reading on a meaning (this is more often!!). If it’s wrong, check if it’s the writing, and tell us.
REVIEWS GETTING TO LARGE
- This is obviously something that has to be fixed some way. It’s insane people is really accumulating so many reviews. I had a long work week and today I found all of the reviews are already waiting for me (90, just 90 for now…).
[EDIT] I know about the wrap-up button. I don’t mean that. I know you don’t have to do all of them, but I mean that if you just do reviews twice a week they come up everyday too fast.
There must be a way to make it be slower or faster. That should be really easy for an algorithm like this. Maybe give us the choice of changing speed (how many times you can review a week… etc) or general speed of review update. That would really help us study how we want.
- If I’m starting kanjis on a different way. I’d like to use WK freely. Choosing my own kanjis, and vocabulary. No leveling. That’d be awesome. But I know this is a hard one. I only wish I could do this.
I just saw there are scripts. People use these a lot? I prefer if WK people fixes this, really.