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Short version, you only need to type out one of the important readings. There’s a detailed explanation in the FAQ section titled 「Common First-Level “Problems”」

You may also want to read the guide.

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I must have glanced right over it. Thank you kindly.

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Yep, as ccookf said, pick one. You will come across many other kanji and vocabulary items in the future that also have more than one reading. Your example is listed specifically. *nods*

Anything else we can help you with?

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The checklist doesn’t stop you from doing anything and should go away after a certain point whether you completed it or not, I believe.

The way you proceed is by unlocking new items. Each time you get an item correct, it moves up, and once you get something right 4 times (with no wrong answers) it reaches “guru” status. The amount of time you have to wait at each interval is longer than before. At guru, radicals unlock new kanji, and kanji unlock new vocab. When 90% of a level’s kanji are guru’d, you move to the next level.

This is all in the FAQ.

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Hello guys, I’m new here, and I have a question…
How faster can I learn Kanjis here?
Someone here can learn about 3000 kanjis in only three months or something like that by using WaniKani?
I’m using the app Study Kanji that seems very great to me but I think that my progress is not goin too fast as I wanted;
In Study Kanji I REALLY learned until now something around 600 Kanjis in 2 Months, but I’m studying around 400 Kanjis per day.

Sorry by my English, I only started to study english to help me more to learn Japanese since that have more content to learn japane in English than in any other lenguage, so I have to lean kk

The fastest you can learn here is 1 year, but most often, 2-3 years. Actually, the system is designed to limit your speed somewhat, and make sure you learn properly.

Please see the FAQ.

To maintain the minimal level up time, you probably need WaniKani Ultimate Timeline.

There aren’t 3000 kanji on WK, so… no that’s not possible in any sense.

You can do the lessons for the 2000+ kanji here in about a year if you maintain the minimum level-up time throughout.

I’m not really sure what you mean by that. You don’t literally mean that you’re going to try to learn 3000 kanji in a week, do you?

Nooo man xD
3000 is to three until six months ‘-’

Don’t aim so low! At 400 kanji a day, you can be nearly finished with the 50000 kanji in the Dai Kan-wa Jiten in that amount of time!


Also, until you decide upon and pay for a subscription, your content will be limited to the first 3 levels only. If you try looking at later levels, you’ll get a banner instead saying “Quite the explorer, aren’t you?”.

Hi, also new person here, and this question also may sound stupid, but:

When learning the readings of kanji, I only memorise the words in English letters, for example sann, ichi, ninn and so on. However, if I see the same word written in Japanese characters (I don’t think they’re called on’yomi, that’s just the type of reading, right? Idk what to call them, sorry lol) I probably wouldn’t understand what it said.
The question is, should I somehow try memorising how it looks in Japanese, or just leave it and hope I’ll remember it? I remember some of these characters like くand ん already, but these are only few of what I should know.
I also haven’t studied anything related to Japanese language before WK, so this is completely new for me. Is that a problem? Should I try learning something before studying here at WK?

God, that was long. I hope you guys understood what I was trying to say lol

The answer is definitely memorize hiragana before you get too far into WaniKani, and katakana would be a good idea too. There are many resources to do that.

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It’s called hiragana. The other Japanese phonetic “alphabet” is called katakana. You should really learn both before continuing your lessons here on WaniKani - as you will have to type that way to answer 1/2 of your questions.

I recommend you spend a minimum of 1 week learning hiragana, writing the chart over and over, and saying the sounds… and then another 4 days to a week learning katakana too (it doesn’t get used as much here, but you still need to be able to recognize it, and many words in real Japanese in real life will be in katakana, it’s the writing system that gets used for foreign words… like チョコ for chocolate, or コーヒー for coffee. (Pronounced “choco” and “co-hi-” (with long vowels) respectively.)

Here is a chart to help you get started: [Edit: Click on it to see it full-size.]

Start with the basic sounds on the left… then teach yourself the compound sounds (and dakuten and han-dakuten) on the right. When you know the sounds of all of them, and the looks of everything under “basic” 100%, then move to katakana, which combines the same way (so you can just learn the “basic” column of katakana).

Also, you’ll want to look at Koichi’s How to type in IME article/forum post that I’ve linked to near the bottom of the top post of this thread., if you can get a free trial, has a great katakana (and I’m assuming similarly great hiragana) course that you can use to test yourself to make sure you know these characters. They are absolutely important if you wish to further your Japanese studies here for reading (and grammar).

Best of luck!

[EDIT: Added a link to iKnow’s trial sign-up. Might not be as worth it at “5 sessions” as it was when I had the 3 month free coupon. If they mean what I think they mean, that would be only 5 reviews which would be eaten up in 2 or max 3 days…]


If found the Tofugu hiragana/katakana articles really helpful for learning. I picked it up an a couple days (katakana is still iffy since it isn’t used nearly as often).


Hi I am new here

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Hello! Welcome!

Did you know there’s an introduction thread? I’ve linked it in the OP.

Anything we can help you with? : )

Thanks, now I know how to post

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Hello everyone! I’m having a great time using WaniKani. I’m still trying to figure out the best approach to study. Right now I’m only doing 5 max 10 new lessons each day since I’m making sure I put reviews first. When I feel confident enough with reviews I slowly introduce new lessons so that I don’t overload. How did u arrange your study plan when you were a beginner? At the same time I’m studying grammar on Genki, I really recommend it. See you around on the forum!

When I started I intentionally used Human Japanese as the first volume is kana only, making it easier to focus on learning grammar without having to look up kanji terms. I’ve since gone through Genki, Japanese the Manga Way, and I’m currently tackling

As for the other aspects of my study plan I eventually integrated kanji writing practice and conjugation practice in a composition notebook. I don’t really do it for the sake of writing, just to help improve recognition and help learn the kanji more thoroughly.

Leebo uses the iverson method which is a pretty solid learning tool as well. In the end I’d recommend trying different things until you find what works best for your situation. In the meantime check out the additional resources thread for more tools and helpful advice.

PS: At 10 items a day you’ll finish the main levels in just over two years, which is about average.

Good job! : D