Made it to Level 10!

Here it is, the big one zero! Been having a great and interesting journey so far and thought I would share my experiences with you all :slight_smile:

When I first started WaniKani, I was all over the place. I randomly did lessons throughout the day (5 here, maybe another 5 there), and always had a WaniKani tab open to check for reviews every hour or just randomly throughout the day. I started realizing this isn’t very efficient, as level ups took longer than I would like (about 12 days on average) and I wasn’t doing so great on my review sessions.

Around level 6 or so I finally decided to stick to a 9-1-9 schedule and it has been working great ever since! Every morning at 9 am I clear out my reviews, then do my lessons for the day (more on that in a bit). Then, I leave and come back at 1 pm to clear out reviews again, and do the same at 9 pm. This has helped so much! I’m more accurate as I sort of know what to expect to show up in my reviews, and I don’t have to worry about constantly being on WaniKani all day.

As for lessons, I’m still trying to figure out a good pace/schedule. Right now, I’m aiming for 20 lessons/day while trying to keep apprentice items hovering at or around 100. This is not bad, but I notice there are times when there will be less than 20 lessons available, and things will start getting a bit slow for a few days until items start hitting guru. I tried to remedy this by using the lesson filter script, which has been a double edged sword for me :sweat_smile:

On the one hand, it lets me do radicals/kanji early to ensure there are always more than 20 lessons available. This is great as doing this for levels 7-8 worked well and they ended up being my quickest levels (around 8-9 days). On the other hand though, it started to get a little out of hand and the lessons piled on reeeal quick (a little too quick…), so I dialed back the reordering, and started hitting a bit of a slow point with 0 lessons again in level 9.

Overall, I’m still trying to find a balance in using the lesson filter script to ensure there are always sufficient lessons available, but not abusing it too much so that it gets overwhelming. I’m sure I’ll get there soon enough!

Speaking of scripts, they have been soooo good for enhancing the WaniKani experience. Thank you to everyone who puts time and effort into creating them! I still find myself discovering and tinkering with new scripts and love personalization aspect of it all.

Now that I am level 10, I am finally going to take the plunge to start learning grammar! I have been following Tofugu’s guide to learning Japanese, and listened to their recommendation of reaching level 10 on WaniKani first. Well, here I am! Not sure how I will go about grammar yet, but so far I am looking at Genki I to get myself started. Can’t wait!

Looking forward to continuing my journey and perfecting my schedule and daily routine. Thanks to everyone in the community for being so supportive, I love lurking around here as well as interacting with the community! See you all around!


P.S. I think I may have been robbed of my level 9 level-up email :cry: I have received one for every level, but somehow not for level 9, and I always look forward to those on level-up. Has anyone else run into this?


Congratulations! :partying_face:

I hope you’re proud, that’s an awesome achievement.

Don’t forget to log-out and in of the forums again to update your badge from level 9 to a beautiful level 10!


Just did, thanks!


Congrats! A sixth of the way through! :cake:

If you’re considering what to do about grammar, good ol’ Bunpro can help you out. It even has a Genki path so you can use both simultaneously!

Hopefully you’ll find a nice balance of lesson to review ratio! The first time I went through WK, I found that 21 lessons a day (7 kanji and 14 vocab) gave me the best balance. But you can play with it.



Congrats on level 10! :confetti_ball::tada::balloon:

So far one of my level up emails randomly got sorted to my spam folder so you could look for it there if you haven’t already.


Yeah, I would be very careful with the reordering script :smiley: . But good to see that you’re finding your own pace so naturally!

I can definitely second Genki. It has helped enormously with the fluency of my sentence structures. If you’re curious about specific grammar points and how to use them, Tae Kim’s guide is quite good, but it misses on some native level nuances offered by Genki.

Good luck in your journey! :slight_smile:



I hope to get there within the next month or so. It sure is a lot of work!


Ahhhhh, that explains why I was level 7 for like a day or two after I started level 8 stuff. Find good information in every random thread on this site. :slight_smile:


I had no idea, thanks for letting me know, I’ll definitely check it out! I will also try your 7/14 suggestion for a bit to see how it works out, thank you :slight_smile:

I will bookmark Tae Kim’s Guide, thanks for the info!


It’s there!! Thanks so much!


Look at that, everythings falling in to place for you!

You levelled up to ten, got your new badge, learnt about Bunpro for grammar + was advised on a new study method 7/14 and even found your missing level up email!

haha awesome :durtle_noice:.


And this is why I love the community :heart:


Congratulations! Keep up the hard work and those reviews, you’ll surely be rewarded! :smile:


Same thing happened to me for level 4, but it might have been something to do with my near 200 day hiatus…

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whoop whoop!

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Congrats! Level 10 must be really exciting. I hope to get to level 6 within the next two days or so :crossed_fingers:

What are script filters?

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I was referring to a userscript called WaniKani Lesson Filter :slight_smile:

It allows you change which lessons you learn if you want. For example, I use it to do 20 lessons at a time instead of only 5, as well as to specify how many radicals/kanji I wish to include in those 20 instead of them being all vocabulary like they might be by default, for example. It will always keep WaniKani’s intended lesson order, which is very nice!

Here is the link if you’d like to learn more:


So cool, did not know about it! Thanks for that!


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