How long did WK take you? Poll Question for those who have reached Level 60

I will finish in about a month and it would be ~1year 7months in total.


i’m most likely gonna finish around late march 2022 and i started in december, so i’ll probably take around a year and a half but not quite


Took me about 2 years the first time, now I’ve reset my level and am helping some newer people get through WK.

My three best students are @ekg @saibaneko and @trunklayer, EKG actually has just hit 60 also, but to be honest it was 90% due to my hardwork, they wouldn’t have made it without me - and quite frankly they still have a long way to go.

@Joeni is also my student but they’re not as good as the other students because they get obessively distracted with gifs, if they could tone down their love of gifs, I’m sure as Rihanna says they would shine like a diamond.



but your POLL does not disallow under 50s…
i like to click so i clicked!

i was planning to do 8 -10 day levels and finish in 1.5 year to 2 years.

at level 30 i started struggling so i’m on 14 day levels now, meaning i’ll be done in another year or less, so just under two years total if i don’t do another reset.

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I started taking this seriously about a year ago, but I’m planning to make it at the 3 year mark. I am a little burnt out, so I went on vacay to take a break. I got myself a tutor meanwhile to start learning to speak Japanese.

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Wait, what? You said this in March, now you’re saying you’d reset? I are confused.


I can say this is objectively accurate. I’m not a good student, haha




Ok, as I’ve posted here by mistake, I’d better fix this by answering the question.
I joined WaniKani on March 2016 and reached level 37, then I stumbled big time, tried to start doing reviews - spent most of 2017 that way, then realized I need a complete reset, which I did. Got to about level 20 when stumbled again and done anothrer reset. Since then I’ve stumbled several more times, but now I was determined not to do a reset - and I’ve managed to climb out of it. I hope to reach level 60 somewhere next year.


I’m not sure what you’re asking really. The items you get on lv 60 takes just a long/short time as any other item WK teach you. :woman_shrugging:

@Lewby I’ll comment more later, you little rascal! :wink: But, I’ve got anime to watch! :wave:


2016 is a long time ago, I’m glad you’re still around on WK!

Answer to Trunks pre-edit post

Maybe being in prison ironically gave them the freedom to not worry about as many things in life, as most things are taken care of for them such as food, and shelter, no burden of having to worry about where you’re going in life because you’re in prison with no means to change your current course.

But leaving prison the burden was back on them, they had to become responsible for themselves again, finding a job, getting food, finding a place to sleep, worrying about money and having to actually think about their future. I can imagine getting out of prison is depressing, you have very few prospects because it’s likely on your record, and it’s going to be hard to find a job initially.

Where do you go? depending on what you did you may have no friends or family to support you anymore :o . Comparitively prison may seem more attractive and so you get yourself in trouble so that you can go back there.


5 or 6 years club rep over here.


Can’t vote yet, but hopefully I’ll reach 60 this year. If I do it in December, it’ll have taken me about 3,5 years!


Well, technically just under 7 years, I think?
But that’s mostly because I joined, found WK too slow and stopped one review away from level 2.
I came back for the winter sale of 2017 due to noticing the email. Then, I finished in just under a year (very close to max speed). :upside_down_face:


i’m aiming for 1 1/2 years, or a bit under. i’m neither consistent nor accurate enough to go for a full speed-run, but i have enough time to go reasonably fast…


I started out like that until life got suuuuper busy around Level 26.


I meant that for poll-voting purposes. But actually, in retrospect, the poll choices I included don’t really affect the answers.

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What kind of Japanese/kanji studying did you do in the meantime?

Mm, a bit of everything. I took intensive classes (those were a bit special though, because they were part of a research study from the education department of my university; it turned out I was in the control group, though, so it followed the “standard” approach) which brought me to N3. Then I took normal classes (from the same teachers, but it was way less intense than the control classes I had before somehow) completed with books like 新完全マスター and the like all the way to N2, then only self study with anki (following the Jalup advices but making my own cards) and skimming textbooks.
I also read a lot, mostly manga up to N2, with a shift to regular books when I got near N1. That was enough to get me over the threshold.
About one year after getting the N1, I was getting frustrated at not making progress at reading kanji, which is just when I got the email from WK.


I expect to finish somewhere around exactly two years after I started. It looks like I might be on track for under 2 years, I have until June 26th. If this thread is still active when I get to level 60 I’ll answer the poll then.

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Started May of last year, varied my lesson intake for a while before I became comfortable enough for 15 a day, so I’d say May of next year I may be high 50s? I’m not sure but either way I’m not too bothered.