Obligatory first burn post and Level 60 notes



Is level 8 about normal or am I behind schedule?


There is no normal, just youmal.


There’s no behind schedule. I got my first burned turtle about six month after I started WK (I was level 14, I believe, back then). You do things at your pace but if you get burned turtles, you’re definitely doing something right :wink:

Congratulations! :white_flower:

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Just burned 9 of the beginning radicals today


Crossed over another milestone today…


clap my hero academia
Hey congratulations @atomicalex! Way to go! :slightly_smiling_face:

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Half way there…

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So… some reality fun.

I’m at the point where I can predict readings, at least on’yomi. I’m reading all sorts of stuff without thinking about it. Grammar is still weak, but I can frame sentences ok. I’m associating words in English with word concepts in Japanese. I’m making mistakes on reviews because my brain is processing the kanji meaning and translating it into a previously learned translation. It’s so cool. I am actually internalizing some of this. My brain is very slightly thinking and processing in Japanese AND in kanji.

It is so cool.


A few notes on some things that have made life easier.

  1. Speaking German and being super comfy with formality and compound nouns.
    Ok, so compound nouns are a big part of it. Jukugo are basically my life in German. If we don’t have a word for that, we stick words together until we have a word for that. Most kanji combos are similar to compound nouns - take a few concepts and stuff them together to mean something else. Relatively transparent for me.
    The formality is similar. I am already used to choosing how formal I want to be and how sarcastic I want to be based on my choice of formality level. So Japanese is like that on next level. It is so extra that way. I love it!

  2. The more I focus on kanji, the better I get at it. I’m reading at a 2nd grade level with really good comprehension. This is like wow for me. Who knew this would make so much sense? I’m at the point where I’m listening to NHK (love their newscasts and the 7pm general news is hilarious) and starting to either “see” the kanji or sitting there wondering which word/kanji they mean. I’m parsing context better. It’s fun. I was driving the other day and translating on the fly in my head to some degree.

  3. Each step in the process opens more figurative doors. I face more challenges, but they are easier to understand. It reminds me of when verbs first clicked - at first, verbs were this hellscape of who knows what, now I can interact with endings better and know what is up. I have command of more endings, and can use them.

  4. Japanese is like RPN. I am fairly sure I have said this before, but particles make for post-fix sentence structure. Learn a new math technique, make Japanese grammer more useful and sensible. I already have all the HPs, you are now free to drive the prices up on ebay. :grin:

Anyway, random ideas for you all. I am at 4500+ burns today and thinking about how to restart effectively to reburn and reinforce. :muscle:


One more big batch under the bridge.


Uh oh. I leveled up.

Now, any fails just extend the time it takes to burn it all. There is no more buffer. I am doomed.



One more, it will unlock tonight. I have come to nearly the end.

This is weird.


Oh, well.

Creeping closer ever day.

One thing I have noticed is that it is not just about keeping your novice items down, it’s also about keeping your critical items down. Criticals are the forerunners of leeches.

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Today, I learned my last Wanikani word. What a wild two years it’s been for me. Actually, my last word was busy, but the last word I was quizzed on was finally, so there is that.

last four

My stats, thank you wkstats!!


And level ups:

My comments to new and in process users…

Slow and steady is a good thing. I did not focus on leveling up, and then I managed have a pretty flat chart for that. My slowest level was one where I overdid the lessons all at the front. For me, 10 kanji or 15 vocabs per day turned out to be my limit. If I stayed there, I was much flatter. I still hang up a bit on kun’yomi and get transitive and intransitive verbs a little confused, but overall, I even better understand English and German thanks to this affair.

I sprung for a lifetime subscription during the sale on my first year. This took all time pressure off me and was totally worth it. I recommend. I will likely reset at some point in the future (all burned, maybe), and take the ride again.

Wanikani and kanji learning helped me to get a feel for how Japanese speakers think. I believe language informs logic, so doing WK was a big part of my goal to be able to communicate with coworkers. While this does not always happen in Japanese (not often, in fact), I am far better prepared to speak to them and hear them now. I can understand better how they think and this significantly reduces my stress levels. Reading their presentations and work in Japanese helps me to form my own opinions of things. I also get treated to some hilarious puns, which I would never understand without studying kanji. It is a little weird for my coworkers, I think, as who the heck learns Japanese just to talk to people at work?

I also now understand more of the logic behind Denso electronics, which is a huge deal now that I own several Japanese-origin cars and motorcycles.

The side bonus of being able to read and understand manga in native Japanese is a huge perk!

I would not be this far without Tsurukame and Flaming Durtles. Both apps were indispensable, especially when I was still travelling for work. Thank you to both developers, you are rock stars. @ejplugge @davidsansome

To future Level 60s - keep at this. You can do it. Write down the kanji, it actually helps more than you can imagine. I have a book full now. It helps solidify the radicals and meanings. And sometimes, the readings. lol hahahahahahahahahahahaha omg who am I kidding?

Thank you to @koichi and @Jen and crew for making this WK thing happen. I expect I will be on the forums for some time, and would like to finish my full Crabigatorism study. One day. Please.

To the rest of you, may the polls always be in your favor, and may your very tiny pens never run out of ink.

edit - OMG I just realized that I met my soft goal of finishing in two years! It was never a hard goal like I HAVE to do this, but more of I hope I can do this. And I did. Whee! Ok, just wanted to note that being tomorrow is my WK cake day. Slow and steady worked out.


Congratulations! Those are some solid stats too. Well done, now go get that cake!

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I reset my KaniWani.

It’s fun now.

Still burning…

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2/3 of the way there.

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