How many lessons a day

(sorry if I have mistakes in my english)
how many lessons should I do for a day?
I always do 5 lessons a day, but it too slow.
Is there any recommended number?

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You’ve got to experiment and find a number that works for you.


It stacks up though. So taper off as it may start to become too much.

I usually do 15, but it might be too much, if you don’t have a lot of time. It’s really the best to just check what is working best for you. Also be sure to consider your future workload, if you do a bunch of lessons on one day and you keep getting them right they are going to come back as a giant stack when you reach the higher levels and are swamped anyway.

Do them all in one go. That way you’ll max out, while spending a minimum amount of absolute time and money. Might take a while. I think I spend about an hour on new lesons. I don’t read mnemonics, if the item seems easy to remember or if it feels like my associations are better.


I do not recommend doing all lessons at once unless you are extremely dedicated. Sure, it’s no big deal in the earlier levels, but when you reach the higher levels you’ll regret dumping yourself with huge piles of reviews at once. I usually did 5-10 lessons, then 5-10 more later in the day. Sure, it’s not the most effective way, but it’s generally safer to ensure small workloads at once to prevent burnout. If you want to be fast, use a script to learn all radicals and kanji first, then spread out your vocabulary lessons over the next few days until you level up. Eventually your workload will become pretty big anyway, but I still think it’s more helpful to do lessons this way.


Gonna refer to a post I made a couple weeks ago:

But at the end of the day, nobody can tell you how best to do it, because it’s different for everybody. You’ll have to figure out what works best for you and stick with it.


I like to use a reorder script to do all my radicals and kanji first since they’re the most vital to leveling up. Then I just do as many vocabulary lessons as I can handle. Sometimes it’s easy to just keep hitting that “next set of lessons” button and keep going. Other times, just doing 5 feels like a chore. Either is fine. Just go with what you feel you can do.

My biggest suggestions would be:

  1. If you can do more than one session a day throughout the day, go for it! Doing 5 lessons here and there could help you do more lessons each day without trying to do them all at once and overwhelming yourself.
  2. If you use a reorder script, you’ll have to be careful not to ignore your vocab and let it stack up! Vocab is rly important.

Never felt like burning out yet. Wanikani is kind of fun. It’s like putting a puzzle together in your head. You learn some new kanji and then you get to see how it combines with the ones you’ve learned before, adding to that puzzle. The portions WK gives items in feel just right.

Depends on the kind of lessons there are.

Radicals, vocab I already know from other sources or vocab that only uses readings I know, I can do 20-40 lessons a day.

Kanji, and vocab that feature a new reading, I’m a bit more careful not to be snowed under, and I usually do 5-10 a day.

All while keeping a eye on my apprentice count, which I try to maintain around 80-100.

I felt exactly like you until I hit around level 24 and it really hurts tbh, good luck! (wanikani is starting to feel painful now :frowning: )

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If you wonder why, it’s because not only do you learn a new word, but it helps reinforce the kanji you recently learned, and are likely still shaky on.

This is old but still holds mostly true, and I can;t find the new one. But as a level 19, you still aren’t at the absolute apex. It also will only be harder, until well into level 60.


Use your Apprentice item count to help judge how fast you want to go since that’s effectively how many items you’re “actively learning” at a time. In some sense it also tells you how fast you are going, and you can increase it by doing more lessons. What number that should be depends entirely on the person.

People who want to learn as quickly as possible may have 100-140 most of the time while people who either aren’t as good at remembering or are otherwise busier will probably want closer to 40-80.

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You can go max speed without doing them all in one go, as long as you prioritize radical and kanji lessons. What I started doing around level 30 (and wish I had started earlier) was to divide the levels total lessons by 7 (for a 7 day level up) and do that many lessons per day. For example, level 11 has 180 lessons, so I’d do 180/7 = about 25 lessons a day.

As others mentioned already, doing all your lessons in one day means you get all your reviews at the same time, which ends up really piling up in the long run. Also, a lot of people struggle learning 180 new things in a day.

However, I second (or third or fourth) what everyone else is saying about choosing a pace that is comfortable for you.


I’m trying to do 10 lessons per day. However, I noticed it’s barely not fast enough to unlock kanji/vocab lessons (so I can always have at least 10 lessons each day). So now when I get radicals, I try to do 20. That seems to work for me. As vocab also gets unlocked depending on the kanji, I might need to to more kanji but I don’t really wanna do that ^^;

First five levels I was doing all in one go, but them my motivation started evaporating, and I focused on spending some time every day no matter what.
So if I have vocabulary, I always reorder to get vocab first (because I consider it being most important, also will have enough time not levelling and not getting more stuff this way), then switch to radicals/kanji.
I try to do 10 min, 30 max every day. It doesn’t take much time that way but I still have progress.

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I have experienced first-hand the problem of doing all the lessons all at once. As I progressed beyond level 3, my accuracy tapered off and I didn’t feel as if I was really memorizing the content. I realized that everything started grouping itself into smaller batches after getting things wrong, and I started remembering those smaller batches easier than the larger ones.

So for the last few levels, I have experimented with reducing the lessons I do each day depending on how many new READINGS I need to learn, because meanings are inherently easier to pick up (at least for me). I’ve settled on no more than 10 new readings and 30 overall in a day. How does that work? Let’s say there are a lot of vocab which use either the kanji readings or previous vocab readings as part of their own. Those readings aren’t new, so the association of meaning to reading is a lot easier to make. If I have radicals to cover, I’ll do just them in a day (plus whatever extras get tacked on to finish a lesson). I’m also in the process of slowly going through Duolingo and I’m learning web development (aka a few other languages), so this pace seems fair for me.

So far it’s been working out. My accuracy is up and recognition is faster. The problem I now have is that it will take time for the older big batches to finish sorting out. Have my first Masters starting to show up to go Enlightened today. Likely going to see a huge accuracy drop once the level 4+ masters start showing up. Only thing to do now is to weather the storm. Or reset my level back to 4 and pace myself from there. Not even considering that option yet.

So, my advice to the OP? If 5 seems slow to you, go up to 10. If you don’t see any significant drop in accuracy doing 10 lessons a day and it still feels too slow, go to 15. Continue until you start feeling overwhelmed, then drop down by 5. Do not do everything all at once.

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HI. I haven’t subscribed yet and I’m 93 percent in the Kanji for Level 3. Does it really slow down at this point? I’m going to take N5 and I’m hungry to learn a lot.

If you’re not subscribed you won’t get any level 4+ content so I guess yeah, it’ll slow down and you won’t get new lessons anymore.
I got my subscription when I was done with all the level 3 content. Wanted to wait for discounts but damn, I was so happy that I reached level 4 that I just caved.