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I almost always get the meaning correct but the reading incorrect. Anyone else have similar issues? How do I improve my readings?


How many lessons are you doing a day and how many are still at Apprentice level for you?

My advice for you though is to slow down. I see everyone is trying to rush their levels but the time it takes for everyone is different. Slow down, get your percentages up, your brain will start to get used to memorising and then speed up a bit. Youll then notice your percentage go down, slow down again and get it up. Its a balance.

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115K reviews in and it’s still a thing for me too. It helps a bit more once you get onto the vocab and see the readings in use, but that’s also partially because you’ve spent some time practicing the readings too.

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These are my stats. My level time is slow but Im making sure I keep everything manageable as I am also learning from Genki so have that vocab to learn as well as the vocal from my iTalki lessons.

Slow and steady is what Im going with.

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Here are my stats. I also learn grammar via BunPro, so I have a pretty intense routine :sweat_smile: So far, I’m not having any troubles.

how are you leveling up in just 6 days? it takes me like a month per level. how old are you??? you must be young

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Kinda, I’m 16, turning 17 next month :slight_smile: More important than my age, however, is keeping a constant routine at managable times for a fast leveling speed without burning out :wink:

i think my memory has basically crashed by like 60-70% since I was your age and i’m only 28 lmao

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I haven’t been having too many issues, however, I think that’s for a few reasons.

  1. I’m not exclusively doing WaniKani. I also do KaniWani which is the other direction (EN → JP) and thus forces recall of the vocabulary which significantly reinforces the readings so much more than only the recognition side WK provides

  2. I spend quite a bit of time with every lesson really imagining the mnemonics with multiple senses and reading all of the context sentences for vocabulary. For example, I often get up, close my eyes, and do something physical as well. So, if it’s something to do with a flower, for example, I’ll physically do the typical motion with my hand as I would if there was really a flower there and I’m pulling the air to my nose and then actually inhale air through my nose while imagining a specific floral scent.

  3. I’ve been participating in the Absolute Beginners Book Club on the WaniKani forums and also spend time reading something every day. Most recently I’ve been spending a bit of time every day with Satori Reader which I really like despite even the easiest content being quite a bit above my current level. The fact you can configure it to use WaniKani’s API to track the kanji you’ve “learned” and only show furigana on the kanji you haven’t seen yet is amazing!

My current stats:



Wow, these are some insanely neat stats! :+1:

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Where do you see this api key section? I have an account there and went to the user preferences but there is no section for api key

It’s under Preferences → Kanji Knowledge → Other → Custom / Import → Configure. Then in there, scroll down to WaniKani.


Then in the configure:

Also, don’t forget to change the article display defaults to “show furigana according to my knowledge (recommended)”

I also configured mine to “Use the standard representation for all words” and “Don’t show spaces” since I prefer to practice with the real thing

I’d like to echo point 3; I’ve been finding “upper beginner” stuff to read everyday and it’s a game changer.

  1. I like doing it; I love to read in general
  2. It helps you learn thing in context
  3. Keeps me motivated; I get to use things I’ve learned to do something fun

My stats (this reset lol)


Thanks. It doesn’t look like Satori reader will present you with readings that are specific to your kanji level though which kind of sucks. It seems to just give you whatever they consider “beginner.”

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I somehow find it weird that your vocab accuracies are higher than the rest lmao

Right. As I mentioned in my third point, even the easiest stories are above my level. It would certainly be nice if they had a few absolute beginner series. Nevertheless, I still just power through and use it as a nice way to practice. Since a translation is provided for every sentence via the little circular arrows with 3 dots in them, it’s possible to understand the story and follow along which I find makes it far more enjoyable.

The approach I use is to read each sentence trying to understand everything I can from it and practice readings. Then I’ll click the translation to see if I was even close. If there is a word that I find particularly interesting for some reason, I’ll add it to the study list. I don’t really add too many words on SR though since I have a separate Anki vocab deck that I’m also doing and I don’t want to end up doubling up words that I’ll probably learn from that.

The Human Japanese Extra Credit series is a nice one for absolute beginners imo. It’s really a companion to the Human Japanese app by the same people who created Satori Reader, but it’s all relatively short numbered sentences which makes it a good candidate for daily practice imo.

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Is it? By the time you’re on the vocab section, you’re on your second or third round of SRS with those symbols. Plus there’s a decent amount of vocab which is the same reading and meaning as WK gives for the kanji itself.


For me it is, because my vocab accuracies are always lower than the other ones :wink:

I typically find that the vocab helps me remember the readings (especially since I’m also using kaniwani); but you have to guru the kanji first haha.