I finally did it! Level 60!
However, being completely honest I’m a bit disappointed in myself. I have put all my effort into finishing all levels in the fastest time possible. I woke up in the middle of the night to do reviews and I scheduled every week to make sure I would have free time when the reviews showed up, yet it wasn’t enough. I couldn’t get the absolute fastest time at all levels.
I didn’t use any scripts. For this reason, sometimes it was impossible to finish all reviews and lessons in less than an hour (Of course the last kanji I needed to level up was the last one in the queue!). Some fast levels required 100% accuracy in all kanji items. My memory has a limit and I have never seen many of the late levels kanji during reading. I had zero prior knowledge so the first levels were very tough for me. I also have a full-time job so my studying time is limited. I know those are nothing but excuses but I desperately want to believe I did my best and that’s what matters.
Depressing rant aside, I’m glad I found WaniKani. It’s by far the best learning tool I have tried. I also gave Anki and RTK a try and “finished” both of them, but I only got confident enough to say I knew a kanji after reviewing it a few times on Wanikani. I loved the system, the surprisingly useful vocabulary (always saw a lot of them right in the next book I read), and how motivated it kept me.
I started studying the language on May 14 2019 and I can say I’m very satisfied with how fast Wanikani helped improve my reading skills. One of my initial goals was being able to read a whole novel volume without checking a dictionary, and I have finally managed to do that in the past few months! Sure, they were very easy light novels, but it’s a start, right? So far I have read 29 books, over 100 manga volumes, and a few visual novels and games. I don’t think I would have been able to do that without WaniKani. I know there’s still a long way to go but I remember when I tried reading my first novel and I spent 30 minutes trying to figure out the very first sentence. It wasn’t a bad improvement for a year, I hope.
The only other service I love as much as Wanikani is Bunpro. I have dropped it after reaching level 70, but I’m forever grateful for it. Those two websites combined are a blessing for learning.
This is only the start of my learning but it sure was an amazing one thanks to Wanikani.
- Slowly burn all items.
- Pass N4 in December. (And apply for a visa and maybe move to Japan)
- Finish reading 50 books in Japanese in 2020. On 16/50 at the time of this post!
- Start reading more complex books and literary works.
- Practice speaking and writing more.
- Sleep for a whole night without worrying about my Wanikani reviews.
Thanks to anyone that read my post. I’m sorry it’s not the most interesting level 60 post. I just wanted to put all my thoughts into words.
Good luck to everyone with your studies. Let’s keep doing our best!