Kanji progression


for some reason, after 3 months, I am still stuck learning the radicals!? how can I progress to learning actual kanji? also, the list says ‘say hello in the community’. I’ve posted a few times already, but it still won’t check off. help is much appreciated!


Have you made a thread saying “Hi, I’m new here…” or whatever? Concerning radicals, it really depends on how frequently you’re doing your reviews and how good of a job you do on them.


You need to guru the radicals to unlock the kanji lessons. You guru them by getting them correct 4 times in a row, there should be a Level 1 Radicals Progression bar on your homepage, something like this (except it’d say level 1 and show the radicals you have left to guru)

The checklist goes away as soon as you reach level 2, the Discourse forums aren’t synced to the checklist unfortunately :upside_down_face:

I suggest taking a look at the FAQ and Guide if you haven’t already, that may help explain things a bit more to you. ^^


The OP currently has 23 radicals in Guru and 3 in Apprentice. Does the 90% thing still exist in lvl 1?

@rakkun Are you sure you don’t have any lessons? You should. Is the number 0?


Can you screenshot this part of your dashboard?


Don’t judge my item counts!


thank you for the help!


Oh oops, it’s 100% for radicals, 90% for kanji for leveling :see_no_evil:


-judges item counts-



I thought it was just 90% kanji in order to level up? With all kanji and vocab just being unlocked in-level when you guru the necessary prerequisite items?

I could be totally wrong about that, but otherwise if the OP has no lessons and 23 radicals in Guru something has definitely gone very wrong.


:open_mouth: How can you know that?


It’s a privilege you gain after lvl 50.


https://www.wanikani.com/users/type the username here


@jprspereira This isn’t the fortune telling thread, but…


Uhmm, if OP still has 3 in Apprentice, they’ve not reached the 90% mark yet…


Damn you nihonjin… なんじつ is so much more 日本語-like than なんにち. Also, I have no idea how I got 光 so many times wrong… shies away


As soon as you guru a radical the corresponding kanji in that level should be available; you don’t need to guru 90% of radicals to get kanji lessons, but you do need to guru 90% kanji to level up.


Is that the case for the first level? It could be that level 1 kanji only unlock after 90% of radicals are guru’d


Yes, that’s why I think something is horribly wrong if the OP doesn’t have any lessons. Or unless bladepoint is correct :wink:


Ah. I thought 90% of both had to be Guru.


@rfindley is typing though, so we’ll have a definitive answer soon :yum: