I'm just about at level 8 how long get to level 60 at this rate?

I apologise if this has been asked a million times before, but today I made a typo on a kanji which set me back about a day or so on progressing to level 8 and it got me wondering will I really make to level 60 this year, because I started around late December to January, and now I’m only at level 7 and its almost June. I do my reviews every single day, morning + night and finish up the lessons when the reviews are cleared.

My situation is also a bit different as in I’m not really learning vocabulary from scratch more so because I’m kinda of just illiterate at Japanese but can speak pretty well so what I’m really doing is associating vocab that I already know with Kanji as opposed to learning brand new words. I’ve studied for a number of years and I’ve amassed a good level of vocab already I just never seriously studied kanji and would always forget them. It’s frustrating because I already know a ton of words and I just don’t know how to read them, my comprehension of grammar and spoken language is pretty good its just knowing the kanji’s thats the road block, and I feel like I’m not getting to level where I’m learning the actual useful vocab yet, like do I really need to know the names of all the planets or how to measure light years in Japanese?

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I hate to break it to you, but you will probably not make level 60 this year. Level 60 in one year is technically possible but its pretty extreme. You have to spend many hours per day on the site, especially at higher levels. Very few people actually manage this. Don’t worry so much about making level 60 and just focus on learning at your own pace.

I can’t say for sure how long it will take you to get to level 60 because variables are going to change in the amount of time remaining. There isn’t enough data to make a good prediction.


The answer is no, because it’s literally impossible for you to reach level 60 by the end of the year now. The fastest that most levels can be completed is 6 days, 20 hours. There are a handful of “short” levels later on that can be completed in half that time. But even at max speed, it would probably take you about 10 more months to reach level 60. And that’s only if you overhauled your approach to actually complete the levels at max speed.

As was already mentioned, it’s quite rare for people to actually finish WaniKani within a year. Personally, it took me about 2.5 years to reach level 60.

Hate to break it to you, but if you think the vocab from the first 8 levels is useless you’re not likely to think much of WaniKani’s vocab is useful. It’s important to remember that WaniKani is first and foremost a kanji learning site. The words selected are primarily to reinforce kanji meanings/readings and introduce additional readings that weren’t taught with the kanji. Also, since a lot of jukugo are taught, the words on WaniKani tend to gravitate to what you might find when reading, rather than when speaking. Personally, I think the vast majority of words WaniKani teaches are useful, including things like the planets.


When I read your topic title I thought, “60 is not the goal, feeling comfortable reading is,” but if you already have a lot of vocab and grammar then maybe another system like Heisig or the Kanji Learner’s Course would be more helpful to you. WK can be frustrating for people with prior knowledge because it won’t let you skip stuff you already know.

In regards to typos, there are several scripts that can help with situations like this.

Like others have already said, it’s impossible to get to level 60 by the end of the year. To find out how long it’ll take you to get to level 60 at your current rate, I recommend checking out wkstats.com. It’ll estimate how long it’ll take you to get to level 60 based upon how long it’s taken you to get through the previous levels, and also tells you how it could hypothetically take you to get to level 60 if you level’d up as fast as possible.


There`s a website that will give you lots of information that would be useful, including predicted (based on your progress) and fastest possible level up dates: https://www.wkstats.com/ You need to get and API Token from Wanikani (under API tokens on the page) to unlock all the stats. Good luck!

This is an old version of the site, so the level-up projections won’t be 100% accurate, but it’s definitely a fun tool to fiddle around with and get a general sense of timing. The user who created it is working on an updated version of it for the new wkstats site!


Oh, that’s cool! I had no idea; thanks for the info. Looks like it’s not as comprehensive yet, but I’ll be keeping my eye on it!

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Thanks this was really helpful it said my general accuracy was at 91.8% , I didn’t mention but my main aim was to pass JLPT N2 and this gave me a clearer idea of what level I’d need to be in order to be prepared for the exam.

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The general accuracy (called ‘total’ on wkstat) is a useless number. You should look at both the reading and meaning accuracy separately because if you miss either of the two you have failed the review.