Is Wanikani enough for Kanji?

I like just started to learn Japanese and my plan is to only use Wanikani for studying kanji, at least until I finish it. Is this a viable way to go about this?


For the foreseeable future, yes. WK doesn’t teach you to write, and it does lack some kanji that you will eventually see in books or whatever, but it should be more than enough for the first several years of your studies


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On the WKstats page ( you can also compare the WaniKani coverage with JLPT, for example. It also lists which kanji are not taught by WK at the bottom of the page (if you intend to take the JLPT N1 exam later on).


Oh wow! I’ll have to download that!

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I had a small heart attack when I looked and thought “Wow, that’s a lot of extra kanji…” . But then I remembered I’m only on level 3 and just haven’t learned them. :sweat_smile:


As others have stated, WK is a great route to take.

Stick to it and by the end you will have 6000 vocab and about 2000 Kanji under your belt.

Also as others have said, you will need to shore these up with books or Bunpro or other resources but this will stick the 2000 general use Kanji in your head nicely.

I would also just say that those lists of JLPT kanji for various levels are not official, and the N1 list in particular has lots of kanji I personally do not think you’d ever realistically need to know for the exam. It’s never been made clear to me how all of those ended up on the list, but having taken (and passed) N1, the level of kanji they actually require you to know on the test doesn’t go as far as that list makes it seem.


Thanks for commenting on that. Since I’ve only ever tried my hand on the N5 many years ago, I had no idea about that. Which makes it even more relevant to stick to WaniKani for core kanji knowledge, and then just go for reading and immersion to complement it as you get further up in levels.

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It’s great to have you here!

If you haven’t already check out the Forum Guidelines and the Wanikani User Guide .
There’s also tonnes of things on the forums to help you on your way such as The guide, The Ultimate resource list, and API and Third Party Apps.

If you have any questions, check out this thread; but if this doesn’t answer your questions, feel free to create a thread like you’re done here, or email The Wanikani staff.

Good luck, and I look forward to seeing you around!


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