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Not sure I understand the question, but won’t they just downgrade to apprentice if you keep getting them confused? Then they will start appearing on the same day.

When you realize you keep getting two kanji confused, you can of course take a look at them separately, write them out to see the differences etc.

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That happens to me a lot with Anki these days, and I find a little bit of juxtaposition goes a long way.

When I notice I’m confusing a pair, I’ll look them both up and write at the bottom of either card (which I guess would be the notes section on Wanikani) - “this isn’t THAT - THAT looks like THIS:” and paste in the one I was confusing it with.

I think just that little bit of seeing them side by side and remembering there’s a difference helps make the contrast build up in your head!

It’s probably worth having a look at WK’s ‘visually similar’ section if you keep getting something wrong but can’t figure out why. If the kanji you’re confusing it with isn’t there (as is the case for 草 and 苦) maybe try radical search on jisho.
When you figured out which kanji you’re getting confused, review the memnonics (or make up your own), especially for the radicals that are different in each. Maybe even make up a memnonic specifically for that kanji, why it’s A, and not B. For me personally it also helps to learn the handwriting, as some kanji that look similar are written quite differently. Or find some examples to see them in context (text, pictures, whatever works for you.)
So yeah, I’d say drill them side by side a bit in whichever way works for you (ouside of the SRS), then resume regular studies, and take your time when reviewing them :slight_smile:
Or, alternatively/additionally just keep studying as usual and eventually after so many fails the difference between 私 and 知 will stick… eventually xD (they’re not even that similar. brain, plz)

I mean that happens sometimes, but it also sometimes happens where they’ll just downgrade to apprentice at different times.

@rodan @ochamame

These seem like the things to be doing, thank you.

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If you do reviews on pc, I would recommend the following script - it’s like the “visually similar kanji” feature except it works with radicals and vocab too. Whenever you get an item wrong it will display similar items so you can figure out if you got something mixed up, and makes it easier to study the differences between items since they are displayed next to each other. Good luck with studies! ^^


wow, the userscripts can get really impressive, huh. Thank you very much.

edit: this actually works really well, thank you for the recommendation. I’m sort of suspicious of user scripts but it worked out this time, thanks again.


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94% sounds great to me! Good job. I like to have it above 70%, but prefer 80%. It shows I’m making progress even though I’m making mistakes.

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Im starting to feel like I make WAY too many questions. Should I stop? It’s just I google these things and nothing comes up! Please tell me if I should stop.

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It’s fine! :smiley:

It’s a main purpose of the forum, and speaking for myself at least, people asking questions is a chance to practice my own research methods (and get a little hit of validation). So as learners, answerers get something out of the questions too. And it’s not like it’s gonna be a burden on anybody when we’re here of our own free will, after all!

When I answer questions I try to remember to mention how I found the answer, if I did a search myself, in case you want to try to get better at searching for your own sake. Like in English, with the right search terms, a little can go a long way. But early on, asking here’s probably easier and quicker anyway!


Nope. We’re here to help. :wink::+1:


I’ll be the first to say… acting worried about 94% sounds like you’re flexing for us. I don’t believe you actually think it’s bad.
“Yeah guys… im kind of bummed out about my marathon today. I only came in second.”

Okay, bud… you keep walking around with the shirt off… see you at level 60

1- You replied to the wrong post.
2- I literally said on a comment after that: I realized this is how people could feel about it, that I was bragging. I went OUT OF MY WAY to make it clear I was just honestly worried.

And I doubt I’ll reach level 60. I plan to move on at some point. I’m just using wanikani for now because I’m such a potato I can’t even research the words on my own. But that’s changing.

I think you misinterpreted my post… I wasn’t being serious. I was just joking around and didn’t mean to offend you. “See you at level 60” was my nudge-nudge-buddy gesture…

Also, I didn’t read your other post where you noticed your own cockiness. My bad.

It’s really hard to convey that kind of humor over the internet. My suggestion is to use emojis, lots of them, to indicate that the tone is supposed to be humorous. :sparkles: :sparkles: :grin: :+1:

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Your emojis didn’t work. I feel dark and cold. What did you do to me…

Oh no :pensive:

:cat: :cat2: :durtle_cat: :crying_cat_face:

How exactly does studying separately work with the SRS intervals? If I practice handwriting the level one kanji, will it somehow mess up the SRS? I just want to be cautious here.