I committed to the Crabigator in October last year, and just as I’m about to move into Level 11 – and the Painful stage of WaniKani – I have finally burned my first items. The first to Burn was the leaf radical, and with over 600 items in my Enlightened queue, I imagine I’ll be burning more in the near future. I originally committed to passing JLPT N3 as part of my “gritty reboot” for Japanese language study. I’ve since decided to take N4 in July with a high hope of passing, and N3 in December knowing that if I’m not successful, I gave it a good crack.
After 10 levels, I’m feeling good. I’m in a good routine of reviews, and I try to learn twenty new vocabulary items or five to ten new kanji per day, depending on how far I am through a particular level. Articles on TangoRisto are (slowly) getting easier to read. I attend weekly classes in Japanese, which involve written homework, dialogue practice and listening exercises, so there’s hopefully enough variety in my study to keep me safe from the “Level 15” curse. I also keep a close eye on my stats, so I’ll start slowing it down if I can see myself getting sloppy.