[Level 60] Just did my final lesson!

Hey everyone! It’s been 680 days according to wkstats, and I just now did my very last two lessons. It’s been quite the journey, but I made it through without any resetting or vacation mode or userscripts. Just the raw wanikani experience from start to finish. I basically started wanikani at the very very beginning of me learning Japanese, and now I’m watching videos and playing games and reading manga all in Japanese. I can’t overstate how awesome wanikani has been for me in terms of my reading ability!

I’ll probably keep up with my reviews, at least for a while, so the journey isn’t quite over yet. But I’m very excited to have more time to spend actually using all this knowledge. I remember seeing level 60 posts here when I first started and couldn’t even fathom how long it would take to make it here, but here I am! Just take things one day at a time, and try to enjoy the process! 頑張ってね!

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Dude that’s awesome! Congrats on making it that far! How many kanji would you say you reliably know now? And out of curiosity, are you also able to write some/most/all of them? I know wanikani focuses on just the reading part so I’m interested in knowing if you managed to learn to write as well somehow

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Thanks!! I’m pretty terrible with ballparking things like that, since I don’t really try to measure my progress with numbers. I’d say probably 95% or so of the wanikani kanji I reliably know, with a handful of them that I either burned ages ago and probably forgot again or ones that I often mix up making up that last 5%. I pretty much always recognize a kanji as being one I’ve seen in wanikani, though. Outside of wanikani, there probably aren’t all that many kanji that I’d say I have “reliably learned” - when reading, I really haven’t been making note of kanji I didn’t know. I’d look up the meanings of words I didn’t recognize as they came up, but I figured adding more self-study kanji on my plate when I already do so many wanikani reviews a day was too much. Now that I’m done, I’ll focus on those other kanji in words I encounter while reading! I guess that puts my reliably-known kanji number somewhere around 2000 or a bit higher.

I definitely can’t write all of them, though. Early on, before I had that many reviews to do every day, I was practicing writing. I can still write all the kana with proper stroke order, and most of the kanji from the earliest levels. It quickly became obvious that if I wanted to do any reading or listening practice I would have to choose between that or writing practice, so I dropped the writing. It’s not really a priority of mine, so I’m not sure if I’m going to pick that up any time soon. There’s a ton of vocab out there I want to focus on, since reading, listening, and speaking are way way more important to me than writing!

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Congrats on completing WK! :partying_face: :tada:

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Congrats! Were there a cake?

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Congratulations!

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おめでとう! :partying_face: It’s awesome to hear that while you were leveling up, that you were also enjoying the things that you actually want to do with your Japanese ability. I love hearing about that!!

I’m also glad you can spend less time with us and doing more of the things you love to do. They grow up so fast! :face_holding_back_tears: Here is your cake!

-Nick at WK

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Can you expand a bit on your routine for completing all of wanikani in 2 years? How often would you review? What was your daily average amount? Did you use a textbook as well? which? did you take lessons? It would make these “I reached level 60 posts” more helpful :smiley:

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