Just a little story to go with my return to wanikani. Hopefully one that will scare you baad boys and girls back to your reviews.
So, I’ve been doing WaniKani since about the middle of last November. I joined in anticipation of a planned two week trip to Japan in May, and studied seriously with WK and Genki for the next 6 months. At first, it was just an attempt to get as far as I could before the trip, but it eventually turned into a genuine passion. When the time actually came to visit Japan on May 14, I put WaniKani in vacation mode. After all, I was on vacation, and there’d be japanese to read all around me.
Two weeks passed by in a flash, and I turned Vacation Mode off on the way home. Suddenly, everything looked (figuratively, rather than just literally) foreign to me. I chalked it up to exhaustion and let WK be for the flight home. Over the next week I tried to dig through my reviews more, but found myself getting frustrated at my low recall and turning it off quickly. Work picked up, and I turned vacation mode back on. The vacation switch got flipped a handful of times between then and now, but ultimately I found myself out of Vacation mode at the start of this week with over 600 reviews.
With a little effort, I’ve been able to make some headway, and my usual accuracy after a session has gone up from 20-40% to 40-60%. It’s still a far cry from my prior 70-90% recall, but I’m beginning to feel normalcy set in. The next step is to pick Genki back up…
TL;DR: Be careful with Vacation mode. If I could redo it, I’d probably still have left it on during my trip, but I’d have put more effort into clearing the reviews immediately upon returning.
And if anybody’s curious: Hitting level 20 in WK was definitely helpful in my trip to Japan. I wasn’t able to speak as much as one of my tripmates, but I was definitely the best reader of the bunch. More than anything, it was a ton of fun to just read things in the environment, just for the hell of it.