Race to Your Goal! December 2020 JLPT

I’ve seen a few forum topics on this subject. Usually the consensus is the some people are using other resources for vocab which they prefer, and generally everyone has their own learning style. I’m the same as you though.


Ooooh, I see. I do find the example sentences bad in Wanikani, which actually hinders my recollection of any words or kanji. They are strange and vague. But as a backup I am immersed in japanese everyday so it doesn’t bother me.

I shall search for these topics so I can see how people complement vocab from outside. Unless of course you can point me to the right direction?

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The most recent thread I can think of is this one:
It has some differing outlooks on using vocab, and I seem to remember people mentioning resources they use in some of the posts (I hope this helps you!)

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Thanks. I’ll take a look.


That’s the one I was looking for!

But in my search I also found this one

Which had a link to an interesting video about interleaving in your studies.
…I totally expected Koichi to be older!


There’s also a wiki of resources that the community has ammassed (it’s not only about vocab):

Warning, the wiki is quite long

The Ultimate Additional Japanese Resources List!

For example the Anki decks should be very useful.
I’m using the “Core 10K breakdown by WaniKani level” (it’s heavy, in many ways, but it’s perfect in my opinion). I’ve also used Torii in the past and many like it (it’s a solid program, and free).
Other than that I don’t know, I like the WK vocabulary.


Spectacularly unconvincing entrances are incredibly important.

In a movie I once heard someone say that our value is not in how little we fall but in how we pick ourselves up. As a result if I want to make a good first impression, I always fall dramatically through a door.


Alright let’s see how this plays out haha, I did a lot of catch up vocabulary but it’s gonna be a painful 48 hours.


Did anybody flat out skip JLPT N5 and went for N4?


I haven’t tried the tests but I did study with the minna no nihongo books, WK and Bunpro (along with some other stuff) and I would put myself at a middle N4. I’m gonna try doing the tobira book to see if I can get myself into lower N3 by June-ish.

I guess at that point is kind of pointless to even try the JLPT N5 cause even if I did really good on it it wouldn’t mean much. I was aiming to take the N4 by December but this extra times makes me wanna try for N3 instead.


Level 26! 8 days 0 hours :grimacing: still a long way from 60 but creeping ever so slightly closer everyday!


And finally got my first burns today! Got 2 wrong :frowning_face:


I went through a lot of stuff here but I have settles on the following:
I think Wanikani is enough for me as the only main app, then I supplement it with the physical Sou matome books for more grammar and other stuff for the JLPT. Other things I pick up from TV, emails, messages daily so that is enough for my feeble, tiny brain to process.
(I did think about the 10K but I don’t know which one is the correct deck in Anki so I kinda left it open in the backgroun on my laptop and just quit searching.)


For my part I will totally skip N5 and N4 test. I will start to take N3 in December 2020 Or December 2021.

I think taking N4 could be cool to have a motivation and to keep it up if you want to have a goal in time, but I think the certificate only start to have a value above N3. (Or if you have a particular demand for example for a scholarship at university or so on)

Theoratically, I wanted to only take N2 but it seams that taking N3 it’s better to start to have the habits of this kind of test. Like baching for TOEIC.


Finally level 20, it just took me … please don’t ask :sob:
Yesterday I also reached my 200 day streak and forgot to celebrate it.


Yeah! Finally ! Good job ! You have leveled up so quickly, I was waiting on the Big Burn celebration thread to see if you posted one :smiley:

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Yeahhh ! Good job ! And good 201 day streak !


You are probably not gonna use it since you have real life exposure (and I know very well from experience that WK is already almost overwhelming by itself). But if you decided on not just because Anki is not user-friendly here goes the explanation (I’m starting from zero, skip these if you have tried Anki already):

  1. You first install Anki
  2. Then you download an APKG file (it’s basically a deck) on your computer.
    The one I was suggesting previously was this: Core 10K, WK order
  3. Then you open Anki, go into File --> Import —> Select that APKG file you downloaded. (Since it’s heavy it may take sometime)

Note: In case this is what generated the confusion, that particular deck is made of many subdecks. They did that to put words in the order they would be here in WK (and for an overall better organization). There are 62 subdecks: 60 for the 60 WK levels and 2 extras (one kana only, the other should contain non-WK kanji).
You should’t start all them (although you can). I think there are three alternative common routes:

  1. You start from the “Level 1” subdeck (inside the “Pleasant” group) and then proceed in order (i.e. once LV1 cards end you start doing cards from LV2…)
  2. You start from the Kana only deck, and after that you go to LV1 etc.
  3. You do both at the same time (less cards from each obviously).

As you can see from my screenshot I decided to go to route number 2.


The whole red thing is the deck. But since I’m doing only the Kana words right now, I click on that “Kana” subdeck —> Spacebar (and then it starts).

Some Anki tips:
  • Install the Night mode add-on
  • Do NOT use the mouse. Spacebar to show the card back then press the keys on your keyboard: number “1” (Again) or “2” (Hard) or “3” (Easy) . Repeat until reviews end. I think I’m consuming the 2 key…
    It’s a game changer. Going on those buttons with a touchpad would be hell.
  • When you see a card, pressing “E” will open the note. You can change the translation (and sometimes add one that you like better). Also on this deck it will show you an image related to that word.**
  • Going on “Stats” (once inside your deck/subdeck) will show you some cool stuff. You can also just press T.

**EDIT: I noticed that some of those images are plainly wrong. Who added them must have done it with a program, because some are so wrong it’s not even funny. No person would have made that many mistakes.
I suggest you look up the words in Google Images and disregard the included images.

If you decide to try and have any questions, I’ll gladly answer. I’m an Anki noob myself though, so don’t expect too much :joy:


I hadn’t realised that thread existed, I’ve just posted there now!


Yes. I started studying November 2017, skipped summer jlpt (learned about it too late). Did N4 December 2018. Got a near perfect score.