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Do I have to eat the hair dryer whole, or can slice it into edible pieces?


Hmm. :thinking:

It’ll probably affect efficiency, but I’m sure it’ll be okay either way.

Just make sure to also eat some electricity, otherwise you’ll just have a bunch of useless hair dryer pieces.


Guess it’s time to stick my tongue into an electrical socket.


Or you could just stop drinking water.

Never drink water again…


I’m on lesson 13 of Minna no nihongo and finding WaniKani and these threads very useful so far.

Is the situation i’m in at the moment decent enough? number at apprentice etc…

It’s up to each and every person to decide themselves what’s good for them. As long as you’re doing your reviews and they’re not too much you’re in a good spot. A lot of people manage their workload by looking at their apprentice count. They often mention trying to stay around 100 apprentice items


Others look at their apprentice + guru numbers. If you’re comfortable where you are now you can try to up your lessons a bit and see if you can find a good sweet spot. If you’re finding yourself overwhelm you can decrease the load and see how you fare.

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I feel pretty comfortable as i have the time to go on to Wanikani pretty much hourly if i want to due to my job, i guess i’ll just keep doing all my lessons as soon as available as long as my apprentice items are at an acceptable number and just stop if my number of reviews becomes very high.

Must say its already pretty satisfying coming across kanji i have learnt purely from WaniKani out in the wild/movies, especially with only being at level 4 also.


Don’t worry - it’s nothing. :purple_heart:

Oi! Were you not raised properly by older instances of nothingness that brought you forth?! Pour the electricity in a glass like everyone else!


Kids these days, smh. :weary:

Are the older instances of nothingness like All Might and all that?


I was wondering if someone can help me with this. I am learning for example the Mounth Kanji. The reading is こう, orく. Then if I go to the vocabulary, the reading is again different: くち. And then when I read the word Zero, or ゼロ, I read the Mouth as: ro or ろ??? I don’t understand? why are there so many ways of using this kanji and do I really need to learn all of these ways of saying/using them? why is it in the word zero again different?

It’s common for kanji to have multiple readings. く and こう came from Chinese, and are most often used in compounds that Japanese borrowed from Chinese. くち is the native Japanese word for mouth, and so it’s how you read the kanji as a word alone, or in some compounds that are based on Japanese etymology. You’ll learn some words that use く and こう in compounds soon enough.

ロ in ゼロ is not the mouth kanji. It’s the katakana “ro.” It just coincidentally shares the same shape as 口. But it shouldn’t really be confusing in context as to which is which. The ロ katakana is a simplification of the kanji 呂, which is also read “ro.” So it only has an indirect connection to the mouth kanji.

The written aspect of Japanese is one of its trickiest parts, but with experience this will all seem normal.


Hey, I’ll have you know my orifices are cleaned regularly, good sir!

Besides, everyone else is doing it these days. I just want to look cool.


Can anyone suggest a script that would count how much time I’ve used on WK? Really just for being curious. And maybe someday to be able to gawk at all that time used… :smiling_imp:

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As far as I know, there’s no script like that :thinking:

Exact time on WK will be difficult to measure unfortunately, as that is probably not stored in your API key. However, if you want to know how long it has been since you started WK, or how much time you have spent on each level, pay this website a visit:

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I am actually planning to add this feature for reviews to the heatmap script, and I have the function to calculate it made already. Mind, though, that it doesn’t count any time before August 4 2017, since WK didn’t store review data before then.

Ok, so what you want to do is first cache the reviews and define our functions with this. Open up the console and paste it into there.

function get_longest_session(longest_pause) {
	var reviews = JSON.parse(localStorage.getItem('review_cache'));
	if (!reviews) cache_reviews().then(()=>{time_reviewed(longest_pause)});
	else time_reviewed(longest_pause);

function cache_reviews() {
	return wkof.Apiv2.fetch_endpoint('reviews').then((review_data)=>{
    	var dates = [];
		for (var i=0; i<; i++) {
            var item =[i].data;
		localStorage.setItem('review_cache', JSON.stringify(dates));

function time_reviewed(longest_pause) {
    var reviews = JSON.parse(localStorage.getItem('review_cache'));
    var session_start = reviews[0];
    var last = session_start;
	var time = 0;
	var sessions = 1;
    for (var i=1; i<reviews.length; i++) {
        if ((reviews[i]-last)/1000/60 > longest_pause) {
            session_start = reviews[i];
		else time += reviews[i]-last;
        last = reviews[i];
    console.log('Time reviewed:', (time/1000/60/60).toFixed(2) + 'h');
	console.log('Number of sessions:', sessions);

Then you can use the command time_reviewed(longest_pause), where longest_pause is replaced with the longest pause (in minutes) between answers allowed. Anything longer than longest_pause will not count towards the total time reviewed.

You will be returned a number of hours and the number of sessions your choice of longest_pause results in. If the latter seems high, you might want to calibrate the former. How you interpret these is up to you.



It appears I was wrong! Looks pretty cool! I’ll be looking forward to that feature. :blush:

They store the exact date for each review, so I fetch all the reviews and look at the time between answers 295787090669469698. It’s not perfect, but it works alright.


Does the pace you’re going at feel comfortable->challenging, without being exhausting or overwhelming? Then yes. You’re currently within my own sweet spot.
If It still feels too slow, then add a few more lessons at a time until you hit that enjoyable challenge.