I realized this morning looking at my heatmap that I’ve joined WaniKani exactly one year ago! So, of course, I had to make a post to show how happy I am about it!!!
(Of course, I had to include a .gif, otherwise it wouldn’t be me lol)
So first I take the opportunity of this post to thank all the WaniKani Users (sometimes unbeknownst to them) that have been helping me through this journey, for far.
Now what can I say about my one-year experience at WaniKani?
Is it a good Kanji learning tool for me?
=> Yes! (I just bought the lifetime subscription, duh…).
Am I learning as fast as I wish I did?
=> Nope. I’m level 19 right now (no reset yet). My goal was to be around 36 by that time. So I’m way behind schedule. One of the reasons is that I’ve been adding KaniWani along the way (https://kaniwani.com/). Which I recommend to by the way. I also bought one of those new fancy brush-pen with cartridge and been practicing my Kanji writing. I’m proud of my progresses on that front (though I’m sure my calligraphy is closer to the elementary school kid’s handwriting that to the Shodou Master’s XD).
Am I frustrated by my slow pace?
=> Not going to lie: I was at first. Until I reorganized my leaderboard to sort people by % of burnt kanji… And realized something: I was learning slower but at a steadier pace and more durably. An Italian Idiom I know: “Che va piano va sano e lontano” (the one that goes slow goes safely and far) comes to mind. I keep my leeches under ten and they usually affect Apprentice or Guru Kanji, Radicals or Vocab but rarely go higher than that.
Userscripts: yes or no?
=> Yes, for everything that can help you get things neater and organized: the heatmap, the leaderboard, the leech trainer… Stay away from the override ones: It’s like a cat belly: it’s a TRAP!!!
On the other hand, never underestimate the cheering power of the celebratory scripts like the famous ‘levelup celebrator’ and the likes. Everybody needs an extra pat on the back when they’ve done some good work.
What I should improve about the way I use WaniKani?
=> Remember to activate the d**n vacation mode so that my average time for levelling up doesn’t take a nose dive everytime. XD
=> Stop falling for the 'yes, it’s late and I’m tired but it’s just a few reviews, it’ll be ok…". It doesn’t matter how many reviews. The level of concentration and focus needed is the same. Whenever I get leeches, that’s why.
Some of the big questions I still have to work on:
=> Why are there so many ways to say to mix, interferences and the likes? And how will I ever be sure I use the right one in the right context?
=> -aru vs -eru, -asu vs -esu: I have some elements of answer but I’m still in the process of wrapping my mind around that one (https://japanese.stackexchange.com/questions/14861/とまる-とめる-and-such-pairs-of-verbs).
That’s all for me for today but if you have questions for me, answers for me or just personal experience to share, feel free