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Any reason why the new user checklist wont disappear even after completing the tasks?

The forum used to be part of the main site. When you posted there, the site could detect that and see that you fulfilled the checklist and remove it. Now that the forum is on Discourse, it’s not programmatically connected. It’s probably possible somehow, but they haven’t done it.

It will go away on its own when you reach level 2.

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I’m loving wanikani and will subscribe for 1 year once I’m done with level 3 in a few days and get ready for my journey.
One thing I have tried googling but just can’t find out:
Right now, I am in free mode, but yet still have access to all levels in terms of looking at the radicals, kanji and vocab as a database.
I know I can’t proceed to more then level 3 in free mode. But once I sub and that runs out, will I ever lose the ability to do that?
Or is any kanji and so on on this website always available to me to look at, no matter if I’m subbed or not?

Subscribing gives you the ability to do lessons and reviews beyond level 3. The item info will always be available to you.

You will still be able to access the item pages, but any reviews or lessons pertaining to items above level 3 will be locked if your subscription lapses

Hi everyone! So I’m just starting. Things are going well! But I keep getting hung up on the meaning of really similar looking and meaning vocab. Like 上る vs 上がる vs 上げる. The mnemonics really really help for some, but I keep getting the above three just to guru and then they drop back down to apprentice.

I feel like I’m stuck. I know it’ll probably just come with time and repetition but I was wondering if anyone had any tips for remembering similar looking (and meaning) vocab?

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Hi! :slight_smile: Are you also studying grammar at the same time? I think looking up transitive and intransitive verbs would be helpful for you so you could recognize the difference between those verbs better. Here is a link to a video from Japanese Ammo on this topic that I really liked: Transitive vs Intransitive Verbs┃I'm Breaking vs It's Broken - YouTube


The quick and dirty, and by no means perfect or ubiquitous method I used in the beginning is that for transitivity pairs ~える tends to be transitive. Meaning, a subject is doing a verb to a direct object. I/you/they open the door. I/you/they lower the net. What also has an “E” in it? Me! I’m doing the action to something. (yes え and e here sound completely different, it’s imperfect). Not exactly something to rely on forever, but it helped me get my feet on the ground when my grammar was weaker.

When the える from from the kanji reading this tends not to work though (返る かえる is intransitive).

Conversely, intransitive verbs have no direct object. The door opens. The net lowers. Etc.

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Thank you! I do have the Genki 1 & 2 books on order so that I can learn grammar as well but they’re taking forever to ship. And that video is great, and really helped.


I dont understand


I’m sorry but I’m dumb and not sure what it’s asking. Kyū is nine, no?

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Yeah but just pick one of those, く or きゅう, not both. That should do it.


Thank you!

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Hey all, quick intro post for first timer.

Question I have is about the amount of time required for say “normal” results. It seems people spend a significant amount of time on here every day but due to my circumstances can commit to up to 1 hour every day. I might split this up over the day so i can get the short reviews done within the same day, and catch up on older reviews as they pop back in every few days.
Overall, how much do you think i should be getting over a day or few days to actually learn and remember everything?


Hello hello, welcome!

The SRS system spaces out your reviews with the aim to help retention. Hitting the early review intervals is very important to a lot of people to memorise things well.

So for examples lessons at 08:00 - first review moment at 12:00 - another review moment at 20:00 could be a schedule to try.

If you have finite time, do a set (potentially low) number of lessons a day. Maybe start with trying 5 a day or something.

As you progress, your number of reviews will steadily rise as the older stuff comes back for review. The only way to prevent the reviews from taking 1-2 hours a day is to add small amounts of lessons a day. That way reviews can only stack so far.

Welcome again and best of luck!


Thanks Omun!

I will keep that in mind then when doing lessons, not to over do it or things will cram up if i have limited time do do reviews. I realise this will push out the completion time of the program, but I just have to deal with that.

Follow up question: I have been sitting and hand writing a quick summary of every particle, kanji and vocab that comes up in a book, similar to being back at University. While i like this style of learning and feel it helps, I think at this stage its not so bad bad soon will become very time consuming once lessons stack up. Does anyone else do something similar with new lessons?


That’s some sound advice from @Omun , one of the most helpful people around here.

If I may add some more: do 5 new lessons a day for about 3 months and spend the rest of your time on grammar, reading, listening, or a textbook. Especially as WK is very slow at the beginning.

In 3 months you will know exactly what to expect and you can up your game if necessary. Also, you will not be one of those people complaining how slow WK is, because you’re doing other, interesting stuff.

Many people complain at the beginning and then get overwhelmed because they started too quickly. Be wise and patient.


Stop! You’ll make me blush!

I definitely know there are people that do this because they feel it helps their retention.

Admittedly, I feel like the majority stops doing this, because the time investment becomes prohibitive. But as long as it is working well for you, then keep it up! Especially if your overall plan will be to stick to small lesson batches, it might be more doable than for the people that do 10 or 20+ lessons a day.

Experiment and be flexible, I’d say. It’s okay for the way you do things to evolve over time. And of course @truandissimo makes a great point of also trying to slot in things like grammar at some point into your available daily time. ^^


@Steveb, just to let you know that the Apprentice intervals on levels 1 and 2 are halved. In a normal level (starting from level 3) they are 4 hours, 8 hours, 23 hours and 1 day and 23 hours. On level 1 and 2 however, they are 2 hours, 4 hours, 12 hours and 23 hours (almost sure these are the right numbers). But yeah, anything else that Omun said was good advice :ok_hand: