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Hello. How do I do more lessons.

you just wait after getting correct answers. its spaced repititon learning so it deliberately doesn’t overload you … at the start its really slow. as things move on there will be lots more lessons.

Welcome to WK! You have to review your radicals correctly a few times in a row, until you get them to Guru level. Once they’re Guru’d, you’ll unlock new kanji you can study.

Just here to say hello I am new and glad to be here!

Hi, I’m a bit confused about the overall learning system. I get the SRS stuff, but what I don’t know is if i should be studying kanji i’ve learned inbetween SRS times. To me, the explanation of “right as you’re about to forget it” implies that I shouldn’t, but then there’s a “Critical Items” list which to me is like “focus on these! you’re bad at these!” Any advice from you guys?

Just reached level 3 and love it so far/subscribed.


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The most practical advice I would give is to review items you got wrong right after the review session. For that, I can advise these scripts:

(taken from a guide I’m writing)

  • Wanikani Self-Study Quiz: Have you ever wished to review a certain type of items or from a specific level? This is it. This script allows you do an extra and personalized reviewing of any items you’ve already learned on WK. Do not worry, as this script will not influence the SRS level of items.

  • WaniKani Open Framework Additional Filters: This script serves as an upgrade to the Self-Study one I mentioned above. Basically, it will add filters such as “most recent items learned” and “leeches” (most difficult items for you) to your Self-Study script. For the distance of just a couple clicks, you can get all the extra reinforcement on the items you need the most :slight_smile:

If you’re not aware of what scripts are:

In short, userscripts for Wanikani are tools developed by a third-party (usually by WK users) which goal is to improve your experience with Wanikani. This community offers quite a big amount of these scripts which in my opinion, are a game changer in allowing you do have a better experience with Wanikani and learn its content more efficiently.

Here’s a little help on how to install them:

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so, just to confirm, you’re saying that i should explicitly NOT study kanji outside of the SRS schedule in order to optimize my memorization experience?

SRS tries to minimize the number of reviews, so you can study kanji in addition, but this has only reduced benefit. However, WK is not enough to recall the kanji fast and accurately, you should start reading as soon as you can make some sense of a text.

Of course what you should not do is to study the kanji just before coming up for review, and then get everything correct in the WK reviews, even the ones you couldn’t remember even seeing before.

ah okay, that makes sense. Do you think once i get something to guru that it could go into a personal review schedule at that point, or do you think that may still be too early? I think early apprentice is probably a bit too early for myself. The basic concept of “wait until you’re about to forget it” is really what was throwing me off in terms of doing outside review.

Thanks for the help!

It depends what you are trying to achieve. If you do exactly the same thing in you personal reviews as in WK there is only a small benefit. You are trying to get things into long-term memory, so not seeing something for a while helps as well.

If you do reviews like English->Japanese as in, practice writing, or read up on the exact definition and connotations of a word you can start early. The more different angles you have on a kanji the better you will remember it.

Personally I use the self study quiz script to review the new kanji directly after a lesson a few times until I get then correct quickly, and then just rely on WK and seeing kanji in the wild.

Finally, kanji is not everything, ideally your grammar knowledge should match your kanji knowledge, no point in knowing ten variations of chastity but unable to understand some kids story :slight_smile:

Hello :slight_smile:


Hello :wink:

if you get a guru item wrong how far back does it drop? does it go right back to the start?


If you get a guru+ wrong once, it will go down 2 SRS levels. An apprentice item will go down 1 SRS level.

This is really cool, thank you!

Hello! Nice to see you made it to level 2! ^^

Hello everyone,

These forums are rather confusing to me, especially since technology and I don’t get along. (I know shocker right? A somewhat younger person that doesn’t get along with technology) looking forward to learning!

No, not at all, since we don’t know your age

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I guess I could have supplied that, I’m 27. I currently live in Hawaii and have just started learning Japanese within the past month. Giving the first two levels a shot to see if this is something that will work for me.
Thanks for inquiring!


Welcome @draxle3 ! Hope you enjoy your stay on Wanikani and I hope to see you around throughout the next year. Feel free to interact with the community and ask for help in case you need it :slight_smile: We’re here to do so.