How to get back into WaniKani after time away

If it’s any consolation OP, I just reset my account about 2 days ago after finally coming back from a long time away. Back in 2016 I was roughly level 35 or so and doing fairly well. Then my wife and I had our first child in August of 2016 and I found that I just didn’t have the time to dedicate to studying Japanese.

Fast forward to today and I have two kids and have decided to give WK another go. It’s tough having been up in the mid-30s and resetting my account back to level 1 but I think it’s better than slogging through thousands of reviews that I’ve long-since forgotten. You’re not alone!


The workbook is ok, but in class we only use it to practice the stroke order and I haven’t really taken it further than that in my free time. I think since I started learning kanji with WK, it makes much more sense to me to practice readings alongside vocabulary since that makes more sense and from what I’ve seen the workbook doesn’t really incorporate that, but I was planning on going through the exercises so we’ll see!

Recently I got back into it and had a stack of 2000 reviews waiting for me lol. I just did a few hundred everyday until it was at a comfortable level to start doing lessons again


Ahh welcome back to you too and congrats for the family additions!

I think maybe the reluctancy to reset is just a pride thing, but I know it’s better for us in the long run and it can’t be helped when life gets in the way of things. Also sounds like there’s quite of few of us resetting at the same time which is a coincidence haha, but best of luck with your studies! We can do it!

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I’ve beat 1350 reviews not so long ago and wrote a guide based on my experience. Maybe it can be of help to you: The Ultimate Guide to Getting Back to WaniKani.

Good luck with your studies!

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I’m using this stroke order diagram script


Welcome back!!


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Welcome back! I’m in a similar position and resubbed last month to WK, although my reviews were up to 400 or so instead of in the 550 range. I’m trying to slog my way through the reviews by setting a 25 min timer every day but I do have to admit, it is pretty demoralizing to be getting only 30 - 40% correct in each of my review sessions :grimacing:

I’m going to try it this way for a week or two to see if that percentage goes up (and it has been so far, a teensy bit) before I decide to reset haha. I have reset in the past and am trying to avoid using such a hammer, because it feels like I haven’t made much progress in all these years!

It might be because it is Summer time and folks are having a bit of free time to kill. For me, I’ve mostly settled into my new job and am ready to get back into it full speed. I also installed the Jisho extension and WaniKanify for my browser which is awesome! Also started using KaniWani! Let’s do this!

coming back after a 5 month “break” with many reviews waiting for me at level 10 was kind of overwhelming, so i reset it back to 6 to take it at a slow pace again to get back to snuff.

I notice I know most things that i get, but some others I have completely forgotten. This allows me to get back into Wanikani comfortable compared to relearning 50 kanji at the same time.

Thank you! I had a quick read - it’s funny you did 100 reviews a day until you got them down because that would mean if I did mine like that I could get mine down in about 6 days :sweat_smile:

Oooo thank you for this! This is really helpful!

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@Elbereth00 Thank you!

@chanzilla Thank you! And welcome back to you too! Yeah I think getting low % correct all the time would hurt my ego haha, and I think because I’m going to learn stroke order as I go along, on top of the new mnemonics, it makes sense for me to reset :blush:

@moebaca yeah that’s true! As it’s summer time for me too until I go back to uni in October, I want to get on top as much as I can before I start the new year :blush: we can do it!

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Welcome back! I had a few times like you, had hiatuses then tried to come back to my same level, it was always such a slog. Last time I reset to level 1 (which was really painful) but have since levelled up every week and it’s been actually really fun and useful to go back over early radicals and kanji. I think resetting can be really useful in the right circumstances :slight_smile:

Something like this, yes. In the beginning you’ll going to answer 90% of the words incorrectly and they’ll be back to Reviews the next day. 552 reviews will take you about 1.5 week if you do 100 reviews every day, considering in took me more than 3 weeks to finish 1350 and the last third of the days I did 200 reviews a day.

Nevertheless, all this sounds doable, so go for it! :smiley:

Too late, but I might have considered resetting to level 3-4 and looking at reviewing or unburning any renamed radicals. Rumor has it WK is slow! (Ducking)


Okay I took the plunge and reset my account… now the 500+ reviews aren’t glaring at me anymore, I feel empty (but in a good way)


I’m in a similar boat myself. I’m currently at lvl 16, but I’ve been away from Wanikani for nearly 2 years now - I’ve definitely forgotten a ton, and 800+ reviews that I’ll get 95% incorrect is a bit overwhelming. Plus there’s the content change in fall of '18. Resetting seems like it would make sense, but I hate the idea of ‘losing’ all that progress (though technically if I’ve forgotten it, I’ve already lost it hah).


Those look like so much fun! I’ll probably try to get my hands on those.

Welcome back and good luck on your journey! Go get that cake! :sparkling_heart:

@Lanik42 welcome back! You can do it! Just pace yourself with the reviews :blush: I decided to reset as L5 is not really that big of a deal, and I think it motivate me more! Good luck!

@BlueberryPear thank you! And yep I agree those poop books look amazing