This post is about how it’s possible to overcome ridiculous review mountains and come back strong.
I started WaniKani in 2018 and chugged through it up to level 22 or so and then just got totally burned out. I think I missed a week somewhere and then struggled to catch back up and then just fizzled out and lost interest in learning Japanese. Throughout this time there was a constant, nagging voice demanding to learn more Japanese.
Finally, many months later I decided to start up again. I looked at how many reviews I had and despaired. I asked for and received a reset. I started back up again, and it felt good. I made it back to level 12 before the pandemic and multiple tragic personal things happened. I gave up again. For more than a year.
Finally, last year in September I received a HUGE dose of motivation, the likes of which I haven’t felt since I was a young man. I started back with Japanese learning in earnest. I picked up Wanikani and my review count was over 1700. Nevertheless, I persisted. I strove to push through at least 200 or 300 reviews a day. And I did it. It was rough, but I did manage to burn a whole lot of items. I remembered way more than I figured I would.
That motivation remains and I’ve finally pushed past my previous high level of 22 and am level 24 as I write this. My grammar studies have almost pushed into intermediate territory and I’m excited to join my first WK book club on the 22nd. I have a crazy long way to go to level 60, but I do feel like if I can push through 1700 reviews, I got this. Eventually.