Made it to level 60... and ready for more

It’s been an eventful couple of days. I took, and passed, the mock JLPT N1 test from Nihongonomori and I just reached level 60.

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I went at a fairly steady pace, but didn’t rush it, taking 460 days to get here. I’m eager to finish level 60 and then see how many remaining items I can burn. But I’ll probably focus more of my time on reading and listening now.

When I started WaniKani, I wasn’t sure how effective it would be. Along the way, I had doubts. I was disappointed that writing Kanji (production) wasn’t part of the program (I realize there are things like KameSame etc. to take care of that, but I didn’t want to spend time doing both). I was perplexed by some of the example sentences. I was put off by having to memorize vocabulary words out of context. I didn’t like how WK glosses over differences in similar radicals and treats them as one (e.g. both the right side of 故 and the top part of 冬 are lumped together and called “Winter” even though the former has three strokes and the latter two strokes.)

But around level 40 or so, I started to realize that the pros far outweighed the cons. I realized that WK’s greatest strength, at least for me, is getting the user to be able to read real, adult-level Japanese in a relatively short period of time. It did that very well for me. I often got a rush when reading a book or article and came across a Kanji or vocab word that I had just learned in WK. This happened over and over again. I think it’s also the biggest reason why I was also able to pass the JLPT N1 mock exam. The reading portion of that exam was a breeze because I recognized a bunch of Kanji and words I had learned from WK.

I’ll continue to read books, and see how many items I can burn on WK, but I’m still deciding where to focus my Japanese learning beyond that. I’m thinking to either tackle another thousand Kanji in RTK3 (some of which are included in WK), or memorize how to write all the WK kanji. I also want to spend more time listening to Japanese.

I’m grateful to WK and to the this fantastic community. I love how people support and encourage each other here. Thanks for that!



maybe log out and log in again so we can see that level 60 yellow badge xD


I logged in and out, but still blue. Maybe because I haven’t completed level 60 yet?

Hey, what are you using to get those stats? I’ve taken things fairly slow (Probably a bit too slow), but I’m interested to see how long it takes for me to get up a level.


You can get these through wkstats.
It still uses the old API I think so I’m not sure how long it will still be useable…

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The new website that uses the API tokens is

The old website will indeed cease to function when the old API is fully gotten rid of. I hear the creator is working on getting the new site more fleshed out to be in line with the old site, but there are still some difference at this time. But the above link will keep working after the API switch.

And congratulations to @debido! Enjoy the cake! :cake:


Congratulations! It’s so inspiring to read level 60 stories!

If you log out of both the main WK site and the community and log back in to both, your avatar picture should display level 60.


Amazing to hear you toughed it out, even when you had all those doubts! :clap: You’re an inspiration for the community, so thank you for sharing your story! ^>^



And I agree with you that seeing in the wild a kanji or a word learned on WK is extremely rewarding.


I love reading level 60 stories. They are so motivational.


Congratulations on making it to level 60 and passing the N1 mock! :tada:

Your accuracy is astounding, and your average pace seems to have come down over time! :open_mouth:


Congratulations :crabigator:


Thank you! That did the trick.

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Thank you! That was the term I was searching for …“in the wild”. Once that started happening, it convinced me to stick it out to the end.


Thank you. I love reading level 60 stories too, for the same reason. Definitely helped me reach my goal.

That’s very nice to hear. Thank you!

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bow haikyu
Congratulations on this fantastic achievement @debido-先輩!


Congratulations!! :tada: :partying_face: :confetti_ball:


Congrats!!! That consistent level up speed and super high accuracy is impressive


Congrats! That’s inspiring to read.

~8 days/level seems like quite a pace to me.

I’m shocked at how much my Japanese has improved after just six months of WK, despite 40 years (!!) of “studying.” It’s still a painful, slow process for me to read anything significant, but even at level 18 I’m able to make quite a bit more progress than I ever expected, and I’ve already experienced the same “rush” as you at recognizing words in the wild.

What I wouldn’t give if WK had existed back in the eighties when I was studying with a personal tutor in Osaka (bless you Tsujimoto-sensei, though I’m sure she’s passed by now).