2300+ days… After about 6 years 3 months, I finally finished. Since I joined early on in the site’s lifetime (Aug 2012), I might currently hold the record for taking the longest amount of time to reach the end.
There are a lot of people out there that go FAST. Really fast (obvious shout out to @jprspereira
https://community.wanikani.com/t/my-journey-of-368-days-the-ultimate-guide-for-wk/31318 ). But what I don’t see a lot of is people talking about going slow (besides just WK being “slow”…) due to life being extra busy for whatever reasons.
It can sometimes be discouraging to level slowly (15, 20, even 30+ day levels) while seeing everyone else around you going full speed. I mainly just wanted to say to the slow-goers out there, I’m proof that if you keep at it, you CAN make it eventually, at your own pace, as long as you just keep showing up.
You just have to find a pace that works for you and makes sense in your life, maybe just 5-10 lessons a day as you’re able. Maybe you have days where you do 0 lessons and just try to find time to keep up with reviews; that’s fine. And know that even if you think you might never recover from a long break or get past a certain level (605 days on level 43!), you really can come back if you work at it!
Here are my stats (the old stats site is a little confused about my 54-57):
I had a decent pace at the beginning. This was back when the site was young, the dark days before reorder scripts and other things existed to force radicals or kanji to the front of the lesson queue, etc. There were some slow levels for sure (like trip planning for Japan and subsequent recovery!), but I really got hammered around 40. I’m lucky to say that my “life getting in the way” was all good stuff: planning a wedding, buying a house, having a kid (that hated sleep for the first year of his life)…all that left me without much time to study for quite a while. I never gave up on Japanese completely, but my progress with WK in particular slowed to basically a stop.
At the start of 2018 (especially once my son decided he would sleep at night!), I decided to recommit to finishing WK by the end of the year, and I just barely made it. Guru’d my last kanji on Dec 25. Okay so I didn’t guru my last vocab until early this year, but I’m counting it :).
Anyway, it sure is nice being at 60 :). Feels a little strange not having new lessons to do, especially after 6 years, but I’m excited to move on to whatever’s next.