I’m at level 16, and I’m bit of a plodder. I’m not a one-year speedrunner, but I’d like to get to level 60 in 3 years or so, keeping my lessons queue small as I go. My time-on-level varies from 6 days to 38 days, with an average of 20 and a median of 17. The 38 outlier was just because I got so dispirited from churning through the 70-odd vocab lessons that dropped after I moved up a level that I just sort of… stopped caring.
Anyway, I did some reading about how to manipulate your queue more cleverly. So for the last level I switched to ‘prefer current level’ and maintained 100 apprentice items and smashed through the level in 10 days then 12 days.
And of course, because it’s preferencing new radicals and kanji, the vocab is building up and building up and building up and I hate it.
In this level I’ve been learning 5 at-level kanji at at time, then toggling back to vocab until I clear that set of 5 kanji through to guru, then going back to five more kanji, rinse, repeat. And not only is my accuracy plummeting (I’m down to around 60% most of the time) and my time on level increasing, but my lesson stack is not really reducing.
I get that there’s 3 vocab words for every kanji in this system, and that therefore there will always be a tail-end blob hanging over at the end of a level. I also quite like the vocab, because it cements the kanji readings way better than the mnemonics (for me). But the pile is completely awful and it’s always stocked with these irregular readings and annoying synonyms and hitting it in a big clump drains any joy I have from it.
It also seems to massively interfere with my recall and memory when it’s interspersed with lower-level vocab. A lot of stuff that I knew is being demoted to guru because I am forgetting readings I used to know. This makes it pretty hard to keep my queue below 100, so I’m learning stuff more slowly too.
How do the ‘level 60 in one year’ crowd deal with this? Are they (as I suspect) allowing the vocab to build up into an enormous mountain of lessons, while concentrating on only the kanji?
Does this bother you guys? Is there some magical way to get rid of the enormous blob in a manageable way that won’t also keep me at 20 days per level?
For context, I mainly use an app called Tsurukame on my phone, because it’s a bit more forgiving than the web interface of WK. For eg, it automatically switches between godan and qwerty for meaning and reading, which is ace. I say this because I’m not sure scripts are compatible with it, but I don’t know. So hopefully there’s a non script solve.