I hit Level 3 and took the dive into paying for the rest of the lessons. This is the first time I’ve ever felt truly confident about continuing on with a subscription language service. When I saw the other 57 levels open up… oof. It’s like leisurely driving to the foot of a mountain and realizing you have to hike to the summit, but for the first time in the dozen or so other language learning apps and sites I’ve used, Japanese or otherwise, I’m only more motivated.
I’ve been wanting to learn the basics of Japanese for about a year now. Kanji was always the most intimidating part for me. I took 2 semesters in college. At the end of the 2nd semester I was dismayed at how I still honestly couldn’t communicate at all. I was also completely lost as far as very basic reading, because my teachers wanted to ignore kanji until later on. (2 semesters is almost a year, how much later?!)
Those classes deserve some credit for giving me a good grasp on hiragana and katakana, as well as introducing me to the Genki books. Wanikani obviously isn’t 100% comprehensive on its own. But this site’s lessons and reviews, which I can crank out on lunch at work and while I’m having my coffee in the morning, have seriously reinvigorated my desire to learn Japanese.
My only actual critique is with mnemonics. This is highly subjective. I find a few of them to just be too far of a stretch, or to later confuse me when I’m trying to remember the kanji mnemonic, only to type in the radical or vocabulary mnemonic. It would be cool if we had the choice to substitute our own mnemonics here and there.
But this tool + community seem special. I’ve combined WK with my love of physical flash cards (colored pens to match the blue, pink, and purple of term categories) plus Genki for practical grammar.
I’m so stoked to join this community. The determination in me to hit level 60 is INTENSE.