How often does Wanikani get new members?

I tried this, but no one bit. :pensive:

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I heard from wanikani through twitter. Some foreigners i follow who live in Japan talked about it.
Lately a youtuber i liked asked how his followers learn kanji and i talked about wanikani, now he is using it and made videos and i assume some followers also got trapped in the wanikani world :smiley: Its spreading like a virus through all the kanji learning people on the internet :smiley:

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Calling Doctor @Borx, calling Doctor @Borx

Mine is a really funny story - I was sitting next to someone on a plane, didn’t speak to them as they were engrossed in what looked like a Kanji app - I took a peek at the name and wrote it down. The rest is history…




I stumbled upon WaniKani when searching for Android apps related to learning Japanese. I found it on one of the most recent blog posts about that topic on GaijinPot. After I downloaded the unofficial WaniKani for Android app I was at first weirded out by having to enter an API key, so I decided only days later to actually visit the website, sign up and use the app. Some time later I checked out the website in depth and got hooked, the community having no small part in that :durtle_love:

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When I first started searching for resources to learn Japanese way back in 2012, I found TextFugu, which is still one of my favorites.

Anyways, some time after I joined TextFugu, I received an email from Koichi/Tofugu team/??? (this was ages ago, ya’ll) telling me to come check out WaniKani and a subscription discount.

So I did. And I’ve been using WK off and on since then :slight_smile: It’s a fantastic resource if you’re a diligent self study student (which I am, but… sometimes I’m not).

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I was born in the Crabigator’s blessed light.
it’s been so long I can’t remember. Tofugu I think?


Same for me. Found Tofugu through google which linked me to here

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Is that an Eiji profile picture I see :eyes:

It is indeed

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From Koichi we know, that per month 22 people make it to level 60.

And in jprspereira’s Ultimate Guide we find a graphic about the distribution per level.

Of course this graph gives us no information about the time evolution of new members, but at least we get an idea, how much more low level mebers there are :slight_smile:
The large arrow has some meaning in his post… if you are interested, read this guide! Its great, sereously!!

~T :lion:


I looked for a way to learn hiragana and katakana, found the tofugu page that was incredibly helpful. Once that was done, I followed the link to wanikani.

I live in Japan and go to an evening school after work. I did notice that more and more people in the school do wanikani reviews during the breaks, so I get the feeling the website is doing well.


I came across WK in a few places while looking for kanji options, a number of which were forums where people criticised it for being slow or not-free, but while few posts outside of these forums were loaded with praise, I rarely saw anyone complain about a lack of effectiveness (excluding people who talked about trying everything and being unable to stick with anything).

I think it was ultimately the lack of any substantial negativity (while every other method had long lists of defensible, off-putting criticism) and the quality of Tofugu’s blog posts and free material that sold me on trying it (and finding a 50% code that served as a hook that led to lifetime).

The adorable artwork everywhere and clean presentation also helped to convince me that it was a polished service, not some undermaintained toy project.


I learned hiragana and katakana on Tofugu and it led me here. I liked how they taught those and I also liked how they give you the first 3 levels for free to see if the system works for you! I guess I’ve been here for a year and three months.


I’m not a new member but I’m a new active member.

I joined (created an account) in 2015 but then quickly quit when I saw that the site isn’t 100% free. Recently I came back and decided to give WaniKani another try. I’ve tried so many tools to learn kanji and none of them are as addictive and rewarding so I’m thinking it might be worth the price. Also, although I already know most of the early level kanji and vocab, going through the radicals properly is a good exercise.

I originally found the site through Tofugu.


I chose web search because I actually found out about WaniKani from a podcast recommendation for best resources.

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I searched for a review of Satori Reader because I wanted to find out what other people thought. The review I read happened to be on and happened to mention Wanikani (and the fact that you can sync Satori Reader with your Wanikani level). So I decided to investigate…

(By the way, I find Satori Reader more useful than Kristen did.)


For me, I think it was recommended at the end of one of the Human Japanese Apps. The intermediate one, I think.

I joined in 2013 and cannot for the life of me remember how I found Wanikani.

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