If you're having a hard time getting through WaniKani


Hey guys.
I did it.

I came back from the dead. It was literally over 500 reviews, but I did it!


thank you!


Thank you!


I’ll scroll up to read more responses later, but this is where I’m at right now. I’m stuck in intermediate hell, where I get annoyed seeing things I’ve known FOR YEARS pop up as just one more thing to burn and simultaneously feel bogged down with stuff that I just can’t seem to get to stick in my head. Items that go all the way up to Enlightened and then fall down to Apprentice over and over and over and over again.

I think I’ve even started making nega-mnemonics, meaning that I’ve memorized the error and keep making it repeatedly. For example 商 always gives me a problem. I know it’s read as しょう and I instantly think “business” (show business) but it’s actually merchandise. I keep making the same stupid error like 15 times and that gets lodged in there, but the actual meaning? That slides out like teflon.

I want to get to around level 25/30 because I know the kanji there are things I’ve never seen before so I’m sure I will feel a “second wind” of excitement then but right now it just feels so excruciating.


How about creating some personal mnemonics for the problem cases? This one is from KKLC. You should see 商 as a businessman standing 立 over a box 冂 with some goods inside (one of 品). The goods are the merchandise, he is selling it.