Levelling up faster?!

This. The onyl pace that’s good for you, is a pace that you are comfortable with.

That being said, it is important you keep your goal in mind (and and make sure it’s your goal and not what others make you think should be your goal). I suggest doing the math and see how long it’d take you to get to level 60 and finally know these 2000 kanji and 7000 words. If you think that works for you, then keep going.
I just couldn’t wait so long, so I try to go fast. :slight_smile:


Basicly as other said, setup scripts for reorder and do Kanji first in case you are not finishing everything to the 0. You can also download another script for ignoring mistakes, but I would recommend to not misuse it and only use it in case of typos etc. Having 100% accuracy and everything burned is useless if you don’t understand anything after that.

But don’t try to race as much. You are still level 8 so it’s probably manageable, but unless you can remember big amount of vocab easily, you will get overwhelmed eventually if you race. I am the type of person who doesn’t like to try to remember lessons hard, so I just pass them somehow and then learn over time with reviews. It hurts my speed and accuracy, but who cares. It’s about learning.

But when I check my stats, it shows my average level time being almost 19 days. Last level took 32 days because I was too busy irl and decided to work on vocabulary I ignored, but usually if I try and do reviews every day, it takes me around 14-15 days per level.

But remembering of new things will get easier over time as your brain gets used to learning new words, so it should speed up a bit, but if you really want to go faster, then you should spend some time on lessons to try to remember them, setup some time schedule to make SRS most effective and use reorder script to knock kanji first when you are fresh and won’t make mistakes due to passing another 200 reviews before that. Also, do reviews as often as possible. I noticed that it’s like my brain slows down after a few days break and I can’t remember words I would otherwise remember easily. So don’t skip days if possible.


that’s the thing! i am starting japanese from scratch completely, and i feel like i have to fight through it every time i start a new level with kanjis that are entirely unknown to me. on top of that, i do a LOT of silly mistakes, just because i’m distracted or cannot type properly and it’s very frustrating. :confounded:

but other than that, i hope it does and i bet it will. i just feel like i could improve a little bit on managing my time to try and to the reviews at the right time!

As i mentioned above, i just can’t hold back. I want to know it all, and preferebly yesterday already! So i go as fast as my brain can keep up with.

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How do you reach the minimum level up time of 6d 20h? Please teach me your secrets.

Read this: https://community.wanikani.com/t/my-journey-of-368-days-the-ultimate-guide-for-wk/31318


i didn’t think too much of it until now, tbh. i felt like it didn’t matter at all - like everyone should go at their own pace (like everyone else here is saying!), but then i red people talking about doing craaazy maths just to reach next level or even waking up in the middle of the night just to do reviews as soon as they pop up and that just seemed so… weird to me??

anyways, it made me realize i could maybe use a little advice to try and reach my goal earlier than i was planning to, hence my post.
i won’t skip the vocab, don’t worry, i 100% agree with you on the part that wk isn’t a race, but a learning device, i still want to make the most out of it haha!

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i get through my lessons the same way, and deal with wk the same way, and you’re probably right when you say i should spend actual time on my lessons to actually remember them. :sweat_smile: on another note, do you have a link to get the script for ignoring mistakes? i don’t plan on misusing it, i just feel like as soon as i get a +100 review session, i do a lot of silly mistakes because i get distracted easily.

thank a lot for yr advice. ill stick to it :star2:


1. Give in your soul to the crabigator.
2. ???
3. Level up in 6d 20h!



like this?

me: soul? what soul? that transparent and translucent thing?
:crabigator: yep, that one, tasty.

oh, well. 6d20h leveling up, is not recommended unless you know what you are doing, and it is useless without a lot of non-WK exposure. that’s because, those kanji you wanted to know yesterday will be forgotten someday after tomorrow…

It’s called Wanikani Override:

Also, since I’m posting anyway, basically 8-10 days is what you get if you do WK intensely and don’t allow yourself to make any mistakes that would lower your speed (as in, you can’t get more than ~3/4 kanji wrong (didn’t do the math)). It’s not what one should do, and I’m not even sure it’s the most efficient thing.

Why some go fast

Some go fast because they have precise goals/deadlines. Some just can’t imagine investing 3+ years on WK. Personally it’s because I’ve always felt like Kanji is what made learning Japanese so hard. Just knowing that it’s not an alien symbol, but it’s that character makes learning Japanese much more enjoyable. And I can’t wait for that “another alien symbol” feeling to disappear. Although yeah, it’s a little bit because of the cake too :joy:

If you want to know how to get faster, it’s something we can’t answer because we don’t really know the technical reason why you are taking 20 days:
If you are doing 20 lessons a day, and still can’t get faster, you are probably getting some kanji wrong too many times. Not much to do about it except correcting the typos with Override.
If you are doing 5-10 lessons every day, than that’s the reason. Just divide the ~9000 kanji+vocab by 10 and you see it’ll take ~900 days. Nothing wrong with it, as long as you are fine with it yourself.

Personal opinion

Also, IMO studying three languages is anything but average. No wonder it’s taking you a little bit longer. Don’t set the bar to high and burn out!

P.S. Someone suggested the reorder script. I’m not sure it’s a good idea if you are doing <10 lessons a day. You risk ending up buried in the vocab from the previous levels. No risk in trying it though, you can judge yourself :wink:

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Well, it’s not just the number, you know… You do get to learn new kanji too :slight_smile:


thank you so much for the link!!

i feel like there isn’t a particular reason why i’m so slow. i just don’t have a specific pace for my lessons n reviews - sometimes i get so caught up in my personal life that i let my lessons behind for days and days, sometimes i do all of my reviews the moment it pops up.
however, i think the advice i’ve gotten here will do the trick and the override & reorder scripts will probably help organizing myself and avoiding silly mistakes (which happen… A LOT). i got what i was looking for! :wink:
thanks again for the link to the script!

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For me 8-10 days is only possible if I use a lesson reordering script. Otherwise it’s 14-20.

I find levelling up too fast gives me hundreds of vocab to learn in one go.
I went from Levels 6 - 8 in a month and now I have 200-ish lessons (including the current level lessons).

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If you do want to use an ignore script, the Double Check script is generally more recommended than the Override script:


20 days isn’t slow. it’s a good pace, especially if you’re a beginner.

you won’t hear a lot from people who made it to 60 by cheating themselves with reorder and override, but there’s an ocean of tears somewhere below the fabric of the wanikani dimension.

don’t do that, don’t feel pressured, just do your best. other people work with their own circumstances, some of which might be incompatible with yours. i know i don’t have as much time as a student or a NEET. there’s no shame in going more slowly. it’s about accuracy (real accuracy, not using override “for totally legit reasons”).


Hi !
I felt the same as you: just enjoying my own pace, and then I started reading in the forums about people levelling up in 7 days and less… I felt I was too slow, and it stressed me out quite a bit… xD
Reading the ultimate guide to wanikani stressed me out the most, although it has excellent advice as to how to organise your time and your reviews, if you want to go a bit faster.
I think there are lots of people who go slower, 12 days, 18 days, or much more, and even people who don’t care and don’t even count the days.
Reading the guide is extremely useful to understand how Wanikani works… And then you can choose to use it, or just some bits, or not at all ^^
What I learned though, is that to level up in 7 days or less, you have to make Wanikani a priority in your life, and work your whole schedule around it.
Anyways, whatever you choose, my advice is this: remember to have fun ^^

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You’re not including “WaniKani didn’t have a correct synonym or reading listed” as cheating, right. There’s no reason to slow yourself down if the staff themselves would add it upon being emailed.


i’m using override myself, but i’m not cheating with it. i use it when wk expects something synonymous to what i entered. when i clearly understand the quizzed item, i don’t stress myself.

i am anal with “oh normally i got this, no problem”, when in doubt, fail.

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