My Journey of 368 days (+ The Ultimate Guide for WK 📖 )

It’s been a little over a month since I’ve started and I’d just like to thank you for this great guide. I’m currently at level 6 and here’s to many more levels! #MessageMe


Thanks. It’s a good place to come back from time to time.

How lovely :slight_smile: …and it seems she has a lvl 60 thread as well…

Yes unfortunately current situation makes it very difficult to travel and actually meet with close ones. Luckily we have modern ways for communication. Good luck with your engagement on hellotalk :four_leaf_clover:

@Wooogles: welcome to the community :slight_smile:


@jprspereira I just came back after 2 years. The first time I read your awesome guide is around December 2018, 6 months after you posted it the first time. I pushed rather hard, reach level 20+, then drop it. I hoped wanikani have the customize as anki, when we can skip the known kanji and not learn from beginning each time we drop. Now I came back and I will active mostly on this forum, and on your guide. I’m self-employed, so I have the potential to use your guide to push hard and reach 30+ ( first motivation ) in the best time. Thanks for give many users such inspiration,
My Plan:

  • I will use wanikani at the same time with genki on italki tutor

  • After finish genki II, I switch to tobira

  • Along with wanikani and text book, I watch j-drama from beginning, then combine with books when I reached late N4

hope you’re well from COVID, see you soon !

I will post here and join 1monthchallenge#

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and, I must install by myself the reorder ultimate 2 by rfindley
why don’t you included that in the post. It take me a while to find the script again

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I know this is old but I love this so much


I can see that you’re level 8 by now :grin: Going smoothly! :muscle: I’m glad that the guide helped you figuring things out and I look forward to see you going through those lessons :slight_smile: Welcome to the forums.

I might have beaten Wanikani but she did it to grammar :stuck_out_tongue:

Thank you for the kind words :slight_smile: Look forward to engage with you more often on the forums and hope that everything goes smoothly with your studies ^^

Hiiiii, I remember you! :smiley:

Careful with not burning out. I know you succeeded last time by going through 20+ levels at a pretty good speed, but remember that consistency is King :slight_smile: Your study plan sounds lovely. Work on integrating it in your daily routine and that will lead you to success. Best of luck my friend!

I’ve added Lesson Filter and Prioritize Overdue Reviews to substitute the reorder ultimate 2 script because I think that the later is easier to abuse, either in terms of skipping lessons and ordering reviews by level for example. This latter can be very harmful in one’s learning because if you have 2 similar kanji that you can’t distinguish and you know that one of them is closer in level to those items you’ve been reviewing, it will spoil you the answer. This is just an example on how that script can be harmful, so I opted to give those 2 that will satisfy pretty much all needs of the users :slight_smile:


I visit this every day to get myself motivated. ~
You’re so cool. Thanks for sharing your story. :3

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Hey, glad my journey has made you motivated on a daily basis, appreciate the love :heart: Let me know if there’s anything I can do for you. :slight_smile:


wow! Esse guia ta top :slight_smile: fiquei bastante surpreendido por saber que existem outros tugas a usar wanikani :smiley:

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So useful! Thanks for all the trouble of compiling this guide.


Great advice! Wish I’d read this 4 years ago when I started learning. I’d probably be finished by now. haha


Hey! Obrigado :stuck_out_tongue: Tugas somos poucos mas bons! :grin: Se precisares de alguma coisa ou tiveres alguma dúvida está à vontade :wink:

No trouble at all :slight_smile: Knowing that so many people are ripping a lot of benefits from this makes it completely worth it! Let me know if I can help you in any way :grin:

We all have those “I wish I had done this” moments :stuck_out_tongue: You’ve read it and now it’s the best moment to take advantage of what you gained :grin: Good luck!


decided to restart my journey after a 2 year break and I want to be as efficient as “I” can be but don’t want to set wrong expectations for my self. That’s why i have some questions:

  • how long does it take on average to finish 100 reviews (and on the same note, how much time do i have to spend on WaniKani on a daily basis)?

  • is it worth it to write stories for vocab as well in terms of time vs benefit?

  • apprentice level cheating seems to be necessary in one form or the other, what’s the best way to go about it (Review with study Quiz and the double-check script)?

  • how should i deal with vocab? Should i do them directly when i unlock them, or should i do them in batches of 20 for example? I know vocab isn’t important for unlocks but i don’t want to fall behind and it helps with retention as well.

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I noticed that it took you only 4 days to pass Level 26. On that level, were all of the kanji released at the same time? Thanks in advance.

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It was likely formerly a fast level, but I believe that’s no longer the case.


@Masahrio You shouldn’t try to be that analytical about your plan to approach Wanikani. No matter what reason made you take a 2 year break, you should focus now on building a routine around WK and making it work on your day to day life.

It depends. Some people are faster, others are slower. Some can do it in 30 minutes, others do it in 1h+. Also, as you go on using Wanikani, your speed will increase. At first 20 might seem like too many. Later on 20 will be accessible.

It depends on how fast you are capable of going through Wanikani. A good average would be 1 hour/day. It can be more, it can be less.

Some people love it, some just don’t need it. I never needed mnemonics, but I know that some people really depend on them. Since you’re starting, I advise just reading the mnemonics that WK provides and see how it goes. If needed, you can adjust later on.

Apprentice cheating is not necessary at all. Where did you get this impression?

One thing that I recommend is doing Study Quiz right after (or close to) your lessons because I think the extra repetition of those items really helps make the process of taking them from short to long-term memory. But that doesn’t mean it’s okay to do Study Quiz of those items right before WK gives them for reviewing. That’s not just cheating Wanikani, but also cheating your learning.

The point of the double-check script is for you to be able to correct answers you got wrong due to typos (WK has some typo tolerance for the answers but sometimes it’s not enough). But it’s not okay to use this script to have a 2nd try at answering something when you didn’t know the answer in the first place.

I’m reinforcing these things about those 2 script because cheating your way out is tempting but will only lead you to frustration later on. We’re here to learn, not to be a game of 60 levels. I’ve seen a lot of people thinking small cheating would be okay only to lead for them to stop using Wanikani later on. The snowball was too big at that point.

I think doing 20 lessons for 7 days is better than doing 140 lessons in 1 day. Not only the latter is much more demanding in terms of trying to memorize and properly learn the content, but by doing a similar amount of lessons a day, you will have a similar amount of reviews per day (which also means a similar amount of time spent on WK per day). Binging on lessons will bring you an insane amount of reviews to do at the same time in 1 day… 2 days… 1 week… 2 weeks… 1 month… 4 months… A binge of lessons done 4 months ago will come to bite you.

Hope I was clear in answering your questions and I apologize about the delay :slight_smile:

Yup, it was one of the so called “fast” levels at the time. On the other hand, WK increased the number of fast levels in the latter levels, when compared to the time when I was leveling up :slight_smile:


@jprspereira Thank you for your in-depth answer.

I don’t think i’ll get every Radical and Kanji right to unlock the next set of items, so it seems necessary to cheat the system to be efficient. I don’t consider “cheating” within reason to be a bad thing tho.

I have planned to give every radical no matter what SRS stage they are in, a pass. their use is very limited and i would rather have them out of the way. That said, they are the easiest to learn and my accuracy will probably be the highest on radicals.

I’ll give Kanji i haven’t guru-ed (for unlocks) a pass as well, i think it’s more efficient to put a little bit more effort into those Kanji i got wrong afterwards than having to wait for unlocks just because i got a Kanji reading wrong.

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Just make sure that your level of" cheating" isn’t hiding the fact that maybe you’re going too fast for you. I know a lot of level 60 people that did a reset later on and it’s often that the reason is because they did it too fast, which led to them cheating “a bit” and not actually learning the content.

I you can, I’d really reinforce the usage of the self-study script tho, mainly for kanji of your current level. If I was to do the kanji lessons and not do any self-study, 4h later I’d get a 50 percent accuracy. With self-study, I’d be on my way to guru all of them as fast as the system allows :slight_smile:


I’ll adjust as needed (hopefully :relaxed:) and at around lvl 20-30 (in case i make it this far :zipper_mouth_face:) i plan to start reading NHK-Easy and do some sentence mining, this should help with retention.

yep, after a lesson i always go over each Kanji and read the mnemomics i have pre-written (they are unfortunetly not available while doing the lesson) and after that i do a self-study session with all items from that lesson as well.

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Don’t get me wrong, I’m not doubting that you can or cannot do :stuck_out_tongue: Just reinforcing some key ideas to help you succeed :slight_smile: Better to be well prepared than not after all :grin:

Let me know how things go with you :ok_hand: