Idea for example sentences

I find the sentences too difficult. How about providing sentences that build from the progression of levels. Keep re-enforcing words and kanji already learned. Introduce words and kanji maybe a level or 2 up.
Thank you.


Agreed! I find the example sentences largely useless because they contain too many difficult Kanji and vocab that we don’t learn until much later.

By the time you understand all the parts of the example sentence, you probably already understand the vocab word.


If you download the userscript in this thread, it gives you some useful info about the kanji used in the example sentences, such as which level of wanikani you learn the kanji, and if a kanji isnt in wanikani at all.

Coupled with Rikaikun, a browser extension which when enabled allows you to hover over kanji/vocabulary and see the meanings, will make it very easy to make understand many sentences even with minimal grammar knowledge.

You could also go to Jisho, an online Jpn-Eng dictionary, type in a word, and click on links then sentence search and see if they have sentences closer to your level.

Image showing how to do this on Jisho

Image of sentences for 本 as an example:

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By the time you go past level 20 you only get 1 example sentence so enjoy having 3 while you can.


The further along you go the more you will notice that the sentences will naturally use things you have already learned. Also, I’m not sure how introducing words and kanji a level or two up will help with the sentences being difficult?

In the first 20 levels, the first two sentences should only have kanji that you’ve already covered. Other words should be in hiragana (note that this may include words that you may learn later on WaniKani with kanji). The last sentence does not necessarily follow this rule.

Many of these sentences are meant to deviate from the “typical” example sentences you may find in other Japanese learning material (there seem to be some mini stories and such hidden among the sentences), which will then naturally lead to “harder” sentences which don’t only rely on what you have already covered on WaniKani. Do keep in mind that WaniKani is a kanji learning tool first and foremost, and teaches the vocab as a way to reinforce the kanji. Note then that common kana vocabulary that are often used in the sentences are not taught by WaniKani at all, much less any grammar needed to properly parse the sentences. but maybe in the future lord koichi will integrate a grammar srs into wk, who knows

Now, I don’t disagree that some sentences could be more beginner-friendly, but I feel like, generally, the sentences progress quite nicely, difficulty wise. There are relatively easy ways to quickly supplement what WaniKani doesn’t teach if you would really like to read the sentences. The tools afunian provided in their post are quite helpful; I’ll throw in one more with, which is a site that can automatically break down whatever Japanese you throw at it.

That actually happens to me! It is great to review a sentence and be like “Wow, I’ve progressed enough in my studies that I can finally understand this properly now!”, though you may not share my enthusiasm at this moment. In any case, these sentences are a lot more fun to read than something like “勉強しなければいけません” or some other textbook stuff.

haven’t typed something like this since forever feels wrong

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