Questions about leveling up

How long does it take to level up (on average)? says my average level up time is 7 days and 7 hours. Is this a fast or slow time? Do higher levels contain more content and therefore my level up speed will go down? What do you think is a good level up speed to aim for? I’m very new to wanikani so I apologize in advance if this is posted in the wrong category :stuck_out_tongue:


The level-up cycles vary by level; there are “Fast Levels” and “Normal Levels”. I’m not sure which are fast/slow exactly, but I know that 1 and 2 are fast. This means that it takes half as long to attain the fastest level-up time possible.

I would say that there isn’t a “speed” to aim for; you’ll be ready to level up when you’re familiar with the content from the level before.

Hi! Welcome to WK!

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Level 1 and 2 can be done in 3 days 10 hours, but until the 40s all levels take at least 6 days 20 hours, so 7 days 7 hours is fast.


That’s fast nice job! What’s important is to be consistent and go at a pace you’re comfortable with and allows you to really learn the kanji. Personally, i have an average of 160days+ per level :wink:


it is not important at all imo.
please enjoy your stay !!!


Hello hello, welcome!

To the point that very many users have ended up in trouble because of it.

If you are consistent in that speed, about 6 months from now, Burn reviews will get added to your daily review allotment. This means two to three hundred reviews every single day.

A lot of people start with loads of enthusiasm, but when enthusiasm wanes as it always, always does with a year+ endeavour, some lose momentum, and get mired in the fact that they have hundreds or thousands of reviews piling up in a matter of days.

As has been said so many times: it’s a marathon, not a sprint. Full / high speed WK takes maybe 2 hours a day. But you also need time for grammar / vocab / reading / listening / speaking (if you’re aiming to go beyond the passive skills).

So going fast in WK is fun, but a balanced study diet is always best. If you don’t have 2-4h to spend on Japanese a day, 7 days a week, I wouldn’t worry about being fast or slow. I think versatility and sustainability should be a top priority, because that will get you the best progress.

Welcome again and best of luck!


For levels 1 and 2, it wouldn’t be particularly fast, but as others said, what’s important is going at a speed you’re comfortable with.


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