Kanji/vocab balance

Hi everyone, I’m a new user, just up to level 3. I have a question about kanji/vocab balance and the way the progress works, because I’m wondering if I didn’t do things the wrong way.

I see in several posts here that you need to make good progress on vocabulary, not only kanjis; that you shouldn’t let unlearnt vocab pile up and go through kanjis only. That makes total sense.

But… the site just leveled me up to level 3, despite having done only very little of the vocab from level 2. The reason is that I somehow paused the new lessons, because I was hit hard by the large number of reviews to do, and I wanted to make sure I got the kanjis well before getting further. It made sense to me at the time. (I levelled up from 1 to 2, and 2 to 3, in 7 days each)

Now the question is: why did WK make me level 3 while I still don’t know a lot of the L2 vocab? And if I do the next suggested lessons, will it rush me through new radicals/kanjis or show me the L2 vocab?

In other words: kanji/vocab balance appears to be important, but how do you ensure that? I have found no mechanism… or do I let WK do it itself?

Basically, you level up when you’ve Guru’d 90% of the kanji for that level. If you use the standard WaniKani lesson order, though, you’ll be given the level N vocab before you start seeing the level N+1 items, so there’s no need to do anything in particular to ensure you get everything.

The warning is for people using scripts to ensure that the kanji appears before the vocab - if you spend your time doing only kanji lessons, you’ll wind up with thousands of unseen vocab items by the time you hit level sixty.


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