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So, general question. In Japanese, are there regularly spaces to indicate groups of kanji or certain words? Oristherewritingjustlikethisandyouhavetofigureitout?


There are not regularly spaces. As you get better at grammar, it becomes easier to parse out where the words are - kanji also really help with this. In beginner materials you sometime see spaces. You might also see them in children’s books written in all hiragana because it’s much harder to parse out word boundaries when there are no kanji - the long chunks of hiragana between kanji often feel a bit like ‘kana soup’ - lots of looking for particles, familiar verb endings, and words you know to try to figure out what is/isn’t a separate word.

Honestly, it gets better as you get experience reading, develop stronger grammar and vocabulary etc.

But it’s a super pain when you start and you can’t even figure out which characters comprise the word you need to look up.


It’s a bit more like OrIsTheWritingJustLikeThis (in terms of how it feels), because the words include information within them that tells you where the breaks are, with some rare exceptions. The grammar makes one interpretation the only possible one (or at least extremely likely compared other interpretations).


Bro I’m confused constantly…


Hi! It’s the first time I’m posting on Wanikani community and I’m so confused! I’m from 2022! I have so many questions because I love Wanikani and I still have some downtime between reviews (I’m on level 6 only and I’d love to be able to watch animes and read mangas by the end of 2022! :star_struck:) I’ve also been trying to put the Japanese keyboard so I can write Japanese on the forum but I can’t seem to find how! I’d also love a study buddy and connect with people who want to learn Japanese as well :smiling_face_with_three_hearts: So yes this post was just to express my confusion because I have no idea where to start in here there’s so many pop-ups and threads! :face_holding_back_tears:


Hi @BrainyFinchy san :wave:

Welcome to WaniKani Community :tada:

There is nothing wrong with ambitious goals. I do suggest to lower expectations a little I.e. increase your time horizon to see the results. You can feel your progress as you see and recognize words/phrases in the wild and start reading beginner manga by joining a book club.

For mastery/fluency (whatever your definition might be), it will be a marathon and not a sprint.

Here are some of the climb threads for you to consider. You can join any single one of them or all of them. (I recommend joining one and giving it a few months before deciding if you want to switch)

All of the threads have their own quirks. You can’t go wrong with picking any thread. If you still can’t decide, just assign a number to each thread and roll a dice (physical or virtual) and go with it :grin:

If you want to keep track of your progress on a separate thread, you can type “Study Log” into the search bar and look up multiple study logs to pick a format that suits you and create your own study log :slightly_smiling_face:

Probably to do:

  1. Join a journey thread.
  2. Join a book club.
  3. Start your own study log.

You can take one step at a time and move at a pace that works for you.

Here’s to your success :raised_hands:

Good luck Brainy san :four_leaf_clover:


Thanks @UInt2048 :+1:

Removed it from suggestions to avoid confusion.


Thank you so much @KyokaJiro san :heart_eyes_cat: , all your encouragement is so heartwarming :heart: I’ll follow your advice! Hope to see you soon on the forum :smiling_face_with_three_hearts:


Is it okay to stay on each level for around a month because of school?


Absolutely. You should go at the speed that you can comfortably maintain. Level 60 is a long way away - some people go fast, some slow.


In fact, if you take it too quick, you get overwhelmed with a massive review pile you can’t handle. Take it at an appropriate speed.


The answer to your question is “Oui” :stuck_out_tongue:

The exponential flow of reviews is hard to imagine. (Humans have a terrible time understanding non- linear processes.)

This is one of the classic cases of “Go slow, to go fast”. You can take a month for a level and decrease your time or increase your time depending on your situation.

If at any point you feel overwhelmed, immediately stop doing lessons and only do reviews until you get “normal” feeling.

The most important part is “whatever pace feels comfortable for you” (it changes depending on the life circumstances too.)

Good luck @oui-oui san :four_leaf_clover:

(Everything said above is a suggestion, please feel free to ignore the statements if they do not suit you :slightly_smiling_face:)


If you get the same item wrong multiple times in one Review session, will it fall multiple SRS levels or just one?

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It will fall (mistakes / 2) rounded up levels

So 1 or 2 mistakes → 1 level
3 or 4 → 2
And so on

Edit: or well, times
It’s a bit complicated, after guru I, failing a review will make it fall 2 levels, so if you fail a review 5 times and it’s on guru II, first it will fall down to apprentice IV because it was above guru, then 2 times to apprentice III and then apprentice II


Hi! I have a quick question for you guys.
Does a KaniWani stats website exist, one similar to Kaniwani already has the status information down, but I was primarily looking for a place to see my accuracy levels, to see where I can improve. I’m guessing there isn’t…but maybe more likely there’s a script that does…? Thanks in advance!

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KaniWani doesn’t have an API like WaniKani

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Ahh, I’m so dense for not thinking of that earlier. Thank you all the same for reminding me!

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I’m not new but I am new to the forums. I just had an issue where I submitted two answers and both were marked incorrect but I can’t seem to spot the difference between my answer and the answer wanikani wants. I’m not sure if the is the correct place to post this but if it is not I will mmmove this and add the screenshot I took.

This is an alright place for it. Though I suspect you had the usual small vs big やよゆつ issue

At level 7, I’d be willing to bet it’s more likely to be a hiragana へ / katakana ヘ issue. :slightly_smiling_face:

But yeah, post the screenshot, @yaramiah

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