How much time do you spend on a level?


You’re aware he’s diurnal, right?! :sleeping:


Wait are you telling me people sleep? I don’t get it…


Hi from メキシコ!

I level up once every month, since I also have to spent a lot of my time working.

However, I do so in order to reinforce my kanji studies with my Japanese classes.

When advancing too fast you may forget readings and you may start confusing similar kanjis.

I’d suggest going at a speed you feel confortable with, but, also remember that you may want to spend some time with grammar.

Good luck!


I average about 10-11 days per level and do the following:

  • 20 lessons per day
  • keep Apprentice around 100

It’s been manageable for me long term to do it this way.

At this pace I have around 150 reviews per day with decent accuracy.


I think 11 days is a really good time! You need 3/4 days to guru the radicals and 3/4 days for the kanjis, so that’s a minimum of 7 days. BUT! Remember that at the beginning of a level, you need to learn the vocab of the previous level, so there you have another 3/4 days. So we are talking about 11 days, more or less, at a pretty fast speed!

If you want to do a level in 7/8 days, as some people here, you need to install the Lesson Filter, in order to start learning radicals and kanjis right at the beginning of the level (you learn the vocabulary while you wait for the reviews). This gives you more freedom because you can choose what you want to learn. But if you are not careful, you can fall behind with vocabulary lessons.

I use the Lesson Filter so if I have a week without much work, I level in 7/8 days. And if I’m too busy, I slow down a little and do the level in 11 days.

Edit: As other people said, the real challenge is not burning out. Enjoy the trip!


Like everyone else, I would say you’re going just fine, definitely not slower than most. I personally used to take from 2 weeks to a month per level. As long as the pace works for you and isn’t overwhelming or burning you out. Lesson pace does control how many reviews you have, but you don’t have to do a certain amount or go a certain speed to do Wanikani well. Wanikani is a long marathon, so it’s important to do it in a way that works for you, not works for other people.
Also, since it’s your first time posting:

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It’s great to have you here!

If you haven’t already check out the Forum Guidelines and the Wanikani User Guide .
There’s also tonnes of things on the forums to help you on your way such as The Guide, The Ultimate Resource List, and API and Third Party Apps.

If you have any questions, check out this thread; but if this doesn’t answer your questions, feel free to create a thread like you’re done here, or email The Wanikani staff.

Good luck, and I look forward to seeing you around!


Uh yeah, 11 days is really fast.

I’m paying for that 11 day level 13 now. 20 days is much more comfortable.

Don’t believe the WK marketing hype. 7 day levels require almost perfect accuracy and an insane amount of reviews on the hour, every hour.


What @lautarov said. Speed doesn’t matter. Consistency does.


The math for your reviews 171099 divided by your 575 days on Wanikani put you at 297.56 reviews per day.

The math isn’t going to work out because I had some troubles last November as documented here:

Going through all that is the reason that I settled on my current pace.

I spent a lot of time on WK a few levels ago and was getting through them quickly for me (I think 8-10 days. Then I started to get more reviews than were comfortable. Over a couple of levels I reduced my apprentice + guru count to 600 max, and only do the number of lessons required to reach that 600 - some days none, and a maximum of 10 per day. I hope this is going to keep my ongoing workload from WK much more comfortable, and if it takes an extra year or two, I don’t really have any need to “race to 60”. When this strategy leaves me with easy WK days I use the extra time for reading and grammar etc, and I’m at a level where native reading is becoming almost fun, instead of frustrating. Having made this conscious decision has left me feeling very happy with the whole WK process. Good luck to OP in finding a comfortable way of progressing that fits into their lifestyle.


Before I reset I had a very inconsistent pace, but many levels were around 12 days, if I recall correctly. Now I’m going at a comfortable 7-8 days per level (with some outliers here and there).

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I take about a month usually.
I don’t feel the need to race, as I grasp language learning as a lifelong endeavor and I have other acitivies & full-time work to do too, so a month a level feels like a good pace to me that doesn’t overwhelm me. :smiley:
I like to have about 50-80 items to review a day.

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I’m all over the place. Sometimes it takes me 2 months sometimes it takes me 10 days.
To get through a level.


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I see now why I feel overwhelmed all of the time! Thanks for sharing your graph. It really helps to see others experiences.

Thank you for sharing your stats and advice! I definitely need to learn to pace myself because the days I have over 200 reviews and 100 lessons can be very disheartening!

Thank you!! Happy to be here. I also haven’t explored the forum as much as I probably should, so I do appreciate the links :slight_smile:


Thank you for the response and links! I do feel better and less discouraged now!

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I think it all depends on the person. I just subscribed after finishing the three free levels. I think I averaged about a week per level for the free stuff (although I did drag out level 3 a bit to get as much for free as I could, lol). It helps, though, that I already knew a lot of the kanji covered in those levels from other study methods I’m using, so the biggest hurdle there was the vocabulary. I suspect that once WaniKani surpassed the N5 material I already know, my progress will be significantly slower, especially because I have two small children and a certification exam I also need to study for in order to keep my job. I will say that I feel like WaniKani’s method leads to faster learning and retention than other study methods I’ve used, but at the end of the day learning a language (especially one as complex as Japanese) is a marathon, not a sprint. You might learn a lot in a short amount of time, but if it’s too much to retain long term then it’s ultimately fruitless.