Is there an App that makes WaniKani less strict?

I’ve recently returned to WaniKani and I realized that my needs are a little bit different from most people on this site. I live in Japan and use Japanese daily but I want to learn what the Kanji mean. I do not care however if a kanji means “discuss” or “conversation”, if kenkiyuushitsu means “lab” or “reasearch lab” and if there is if its Houdou or Hodou (extra u or not). To me, it’s the same thing and I feel like I am wasting too much time on re-reviewing these mistakes that I don’t even care about. I’m not planning on any Kanji tests, I just want to be able to read all the signs, pamphlets, etc.

Is there an existing App that does this?

You can add user synonyms for the meanings any kanji or vocab items.

If this is in reference to the reading of words, they are not the same thing and it is bad to reinforce them in your mind as if they are. That’s like saying I can spell thought as ‘thought’ or ‘thoght’ and it’s ‘the same thing’ when it’s not. One is correct and one is not.


Or, worse than that, since one of those spellings isn’t even a word, it’s like accepting proud and prod. ほどう and ほうどう are completely different and both are valid words.


Ok, can I add them during the review process?

Yes, but I don’t need to know the exact spelling since I rarely ever write in Japanese and when I speak I don’t think about the spelling.

But hodou and houdou wouldn’t sound the same in speech either…


After answering, yes.

But the spelling is important in pronouncing the words correctly. To use your example, ほどう and ほうどう aren’t pronounced the same.



Yes, but I already know the pronunciation :smiley:

Then you should be able to spell them correctly? :man_shrugging:


Apparently not, haha

Thanks for the help though :smiley:

Yeah, no prob.

Why don’t you just get the ignore answer userscript? Then you can just make every answer correct and not use WaniKani at all.

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Wait so you already know how to speak Japanese but don’t know Kanji?

This post is weird, it’s like saying I want to learn Japanese but don’t really want to learn Japanese.

To answer your question you could also download scritps via tampermonkey to force your mistakes as correct.


Yes, you cannot add them during the first lesson, but after the first review, you can add synonyms. Go wild with them, I use my own language in some (Spanish).

There is also the iPhone app Tsurukame that allows the synonyms as well.

Vowel length has semantic implications in Japanese whereas in English it does not. This is critical since Japanese orthography has a much closer relationship to pronunciation than English does. The textbook example is the difference between calling someone おじさん vs おじいさん.


Would you mind explaining to me how you’d pronounce ほうどう and ほどう differently? Or おじさん and おじいさん?

Under the right circumstances, you can learn to speak a language without learning to write it.


I think he can speak the language, correct pronunciation and all, but just doesn’t realise the differences in pronunciation when there’s a long vowel. He says the correct pronunciation without taking note of it. At least, that’s my guess.

I didn’t mention writing in my comment but that would be learning to speak a language as opposed to learning a language.

Both are totally valid depending on your personal goals.

Wanikani should add an “disintegrate turtle” button. in lesson quiz or later, use this option to instantly remove the item.

For the troublesome items; these are important for your overall Japanese integrity and happiness. But, who am I anyways…

@Leo-Tyrant and you can add synonyms during lessons with this script: [Userscript] WaniKani Lesson User Synonyms v2 (or - without a script - anytime from an item’s info page, even before you’ve done the lesson!)