OMG - level 4

Hello minnasan!

Been grinding for the past few weeks on level 3 and finally breached to level 4 … Rank up!

As soon as I come to a new level I always have the feeling of being slightly overwhelmed but let me just share this with you: being on level 4 as a beginner is by far the most overwhelming experience for me

Bombarded by 70 new lessons and then by 50 more reviews of the earliest kanjis/ vocabs and radicals is really hard. I guess its just another step in the right direction (hou! as in houme!) but I just wanted to share the “OMG” feeling I had once I reached the new level.

For now - I am really excited and enjoying my stay at WaniKani bootcamp!



Don’t forget the items come in large batches but that doesn’t mean they need to be done in large batches. Pacing is everything.



As someone who is right behind you and anxious on what to anticipate in the first paid level, I appreciate the insight!


Don’t be alarmed… it’s just… BOOM!

I did mention me being excited about it because the pace is actually beginning to rise and hasten!


That’s why you need to be extra careful in pacing. It will ramp up even more as you continue to go up. And the kanji are only going to get more complex.

I say this with regret for not properly pacing myself going up to level 14 and resetting to set a better pace.

Do you have any tips for pacing?

I feel like I will need to pay attention to this but I am not sure how to check what pace I am moving at or how to check myself before I wreck myself.


This time through I’m sticking as closely as I can to around 80-90 apprentice items. Though right now I’m a higher than that and I need to correct that after guruing some stuff hopefully in the next day or so (got a bit of the irrational exuberance after hitting 5 again). I also try not to do batches of more than 20-25 at a time. I also try to space out batching using ultimate timeline to try my best to not get huge batches of items coming up for review at once.


Just some info for you.

# of items in levels 1-3
84+152+121= 357

# of items in levels 4-6
184+191+187= 562

The sudden increase in items raises dramatically during this time and you won’t feel like you have anything under control until level 10 at the earliest. But if you keep at it it really does calm down you get used to it.


Im the same, just got to lvl 4 and felt pretty overwhelmed by the amount of vocabulary in this level. Especially considering i haven’t even finished half of the lvl 4 vocabulary yet.


Ultimate Timeline? Can you suggest a thread or perhaps its in the FAQ to read up on methods for pacing? Seems like something I could utilize as I work a 9-5 and have limited time periods to sit down and review seriously on a daily basis.

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I really like your idea of “you get used to it” because this is true. We do get used to almost everything, so keeping it up and trusting in the system to “apprentice” down the items and “guru” them back up at your pace as they come and go. Don’t forget that without exhausting your main “muscle” (the brain) you won’t develop it.

Thanks for the replies minna-san you are awesome!!

kotaekaraarigatou minnasan, kokoha minna sugoi desu yo!


I just hit level 9… I’m doing about 200 reviews a day now, L4 was 120-ish. It definitely hasn’t got easier, but it also doesn’t feel significantly harder than L4, so I must be getting used to it!


Hey, great to meet you! :grin:
Nice to see you’re enjoying it so far :heart:

がんばってくださいね! :crabigator:



just wait until you reach painful! That’s when the real fun begins!


I like the definition of tanoshiiiiiiii!

Tanoshii = many many reviews of painfully similiar kanjis :slight_smile:


Nice job! That makes two of us. I reached L4 pretty recently as well.


Just got back up to level 4 about five minutes ago, myself.



Appreciate this topic and all of the replies because I’m in about the same boat. Most of my way through level three and I’m anxious, excited that the 鰐蟹 train has no breaks. Should be a hell of a ride.

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