Level 3 hump help required

So I have been doing ok so far, generally getting around 80% correct in reviews and doing rather well I feel, then I hit problems with the numbers, specifically 5 and 6!

I keep forgetting whether it is on’yomi or kun’yomi, then sometimes a small tsu or a big one. Generally I am stuck on:
5 things
fifth day
fifth month
6 things
6th day
6th month

Wanikani seems to do a really good job or teaching the mnemonics, until it gets to some of these where it just says “it’s different, remember it”.

Does anyone have any suggestions of how to remember these number based ones? Also any suggestions on how to study alongside what I am learning, it’s getting a little frustrating getting it wrong because I am torn between 2 answers, only to get it wrong the next time again because my mind goes “wait, did I choose that last time and it was wrong, or am I remembering it because it’s right!”

(ps also how do you write in Japanese in these threads? Do I need to install a keyboard or am I missing something?)

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For the generic counters and days, in my opinion the only way to learn them is by the power of repetition.
The thing you could actually do to speed this up is for example installing the Self Study script with additional filters and adding a filter like items related to 日 & setting the filtering of levels to 1-3.
Link here

Apart from that, maybe use self-made flashcards for these.

For the japanese keyboard (on Windows) I’ve just enabled japanese in the language settings and then you can switch between keyboards using Alt + Shift and when Japanese is selected Alt + ~ for switching between hiragana/romaji input.


Hello and welcome aboard!

It depends on what works best for you.

Some examples:

If writing down things helps you to memorize them but you find that writing down everything is just time consuming, you could just write down your wrong answers.

If you find that some context might help you, you could just memorize / study one of the example sentences and help yourself with some context script during reviews, I personally use this one. I see that Advanced Context Sentence script has been getting bumped lately but I didn’t try it so I can’t really help you there

Finally, follow some advice thread from users that reached the top, this thread from @jprspereira is very popular and it is what helped me with my WaniKani script setup. A more recent thread is this writeup by @Noursaidana

If you have to type a specific word only, you could as well open something like jisho, type your input in romaji and paste the output back to the forums

Otherwise Tofugu has a very detailed guide on how to install japanese keyboard on every os and every device and on how to type in japanese


Thanks for sharing my underrated post :stuck_out_tongue:

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I second this. Numbers are difficult to mnemonic because they don’t represent concepts the same way words do. You wear an analogue watch? Every day when you put it on, recite the numbers 1-12. Every day when you take it off, recite 1-12 things. After a week you’ll have no issues with these.
It’s like doing scales when you’re learning a musical instrument. Repetition is your friend.

I want to kiss you right now. I couldn’t figure out if this had a hotkey, and the thing always initialises on romaji. Technically don’t think it’s the input though, that’s used to refer to using romaji keyboard or kana keyboard. It’s the output on screen that switches - but that’s what I needed :slight_smile:


Glad I could help :slight_smile:
Another thing that I had trouble with for a while and maybe worth sharing are the keys for changing between hiragana/katakana.
So once you’ve typed in for instance からおけ just hit F7 to change it into katakana カラオケ and F6 to change it back again.


Thank you for this filter! that’s awesome, I think that will really help me, just give me a chance to practice the things I am not as good at!

Thank you everyone for advice too. I have also written out by hand 1-10 and 1-10 things, I will do the exercise like suggested!

thanks for being a great community!


It was hard to me to remember 3,6 and 8 related words.
And I just googled the list of Ndays, Nthings and read them few times and it started to be pretty easy to remember. Idk why, mb cuz WK separate them hard between each other.

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