Restart 1.5 years later

Hi everyone.

I’ve come back to Wanikani after 1.5 years. It’s a bit emotional for me, I stopped in September 2019 when I found out my mom had metastatic ovarian cancer. I had made some threads about a Tobira study group just before I found out about my mom, I’m sorry to anyone who was involved, I didn’t keep my promise to update every week!

My mom passed away around 6 months ago. It’s been a tough journey. Recently I’ve felt an urge to get back to Wanikani, and Japanese in general, which to me is a sign of a healing process underway. Wanikani to me started as a journey to improve my Japanese, but to be honest it became more than that, it became the favourite part of my day. I work as a doctor in the largest hospital in my country (I’m sure you can work out where), and have lots of responsibilities day to day. Sitting down and doing 80-100 reviews with a coffee and some good music is really an escape for me, so much so that I bought the lifetime membership. At the minute, my desire to return to Wanikani is more about getting back to that state of flow and concentration rather than specifically learning Japanese (a fantastic side effect). Once I reach Level 60 (if?), maybe I’ll reset it all, who knows.

I’m not too sure why I’m making this topic, I suppose I’d love some advice on getting back into the swing of Wanikani. I don’t have any friends who are learning Japanese so I’m always on the hunt for some pals to keep me motivated. I’ve screencapped the Kanji and Vocab pages for the levels I’ve done, put them in a powerpoint, printed them, keep them in a folder and am making my way through them to revise before I even start looking at my ~2500 reviews that have built up. I’m trying to enjoy the process and I look forward to being obliterated by those reviews at some point in the near future.

All advice and encouragement is highly appreciated. Before my mom became sick, I was a chronic lurker on these forums, and I hope to be again soon.



Great to see you back. :smiley:

Yeah I actually started learning Japanese for something to do while my mom was back and forth with chemo.

I started WK shortly after she passed away and it became something of a refuge since I could just do the lessons and reviews and concentrate on those.

Two years later and I’m still here. :sunglasses:

See you at the end. :wink:


Welcome back!!
Please relax with a good cup and some reviews.
Thanks for your service as a doctor, I have a phobia of needles and can’t thank doctors enough for being patient with me.
Lastly, my husband is losing his friend to cancer.
I’m angry about cancer


WK is great for escaping for a bit, great to hear that you’ve stuck it out, good for you!

I would be lying if I said I wasn’t a bit jealous of your Lv. 55 badge… keep going, you’re almost there :sunglasses:


I’m sorry to hear about your husband’s friend…

I never mind when a patient has a needle phobia, I always try to distract them or make them laugh just before I take bloods hehe


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