Restarting after 2 years away

Back in December of 2018 I purchased the lifetime membership with full intentions of being at level 60 within 2 years. I quickly made it to level 11 (I think, somewhere around there) but then my wife got pregnant and well life happened, and we had a perfect baby, and I just lost the fire I guess! My free time shrunk exponentially and Japanese just took a big back seat, as I am learning it for absolutely no reason other than that I love languages, love Japan, and really I just want to be able to read Japanese books. Also I think I just love the idea of mastering something that is so difficult. Anyway, for the last 18 months or so I have not been studying Japanese at all. About a week ago I picked it back up to see if the spark was still there, and I’ll tell you what, the fire is back! I restarted my WaniKani from Level 1 because I truly thought I had forgotten everything. Turns out I actually remember more than expected, the more I see, the more I remember, though I am still glad I restarted. On Level 2 now and going strong haha. Hopefully this time I will stick with it and make it all the way to level 60. Wish me luck!

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Good luck, and welcome back!

I restarted from being around the same level I am now, somewhere in the 30s, and I have no regrets. I’d stopped keeping up because life happened, and then I ended up moving to Japan, and just didn’t have the time between everything - came back to a review pile just not worth looking at :sweat_smile: My habits were very sporadic last time around (like I’d do reviews twice a week if I was lucky…) but this time I’ve been much more stable and motivated with it, and keep up as much as possible. Though I don’t have a baby to look after, haha. Still going strong though! Hope it’s as fruitful for you as it is for me!

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Welcome back and best of luck!

There’s the Asylum for WK parents thread should you ever need it :crazy_face:

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I didn’t know about that thread, thanks I’ll check it out!

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I was at Level 31 and took about 3 years off. I decided to reset to Level 11 and it’s a good mix of things I knew, things I forgot, and the new vocab and mnemonics that I need to catch up on.

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Good luck on your journey to level 60 and congrats on the baby!

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Great to hear! I hope you make it.

I’m also returning to Wanikani, and somewhat to Japanese (my focus is on Latin and Greek first, but I want to “stay in the game” with Japanese). What I find interesting is how meditative Wanikani has become. After so many years using the site, the experience of typing out the answers calms and focuses me.

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Welcome back! Congratulations on the new baby!!

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Good luck!
かんばって!

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Good luck! I used to be somewhere in the 30s. I also reset after a long time away and it’s been good for me so far!

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Good luck! I just reset back to level 1 recently too after 3-4 years off. I got up to level 36 I think at my highest.

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Welcome back to Wanikani :grin:

Good luck :four_leaf_clover:

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I was in a similar spot, started in 2015, then dropped out around level 10. I came back at the end of 2019 and also reset to level 1.
Now over a year later I’m still going strong and hoping to reach level 60 this year. Best of luck to you too!

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I’m in a similar boat. I bought lifetime with every intention of getting to level 60 then I got pregnant and only recently got back to the point where my brain is functioning properly again so I reset to level 1 and am now level 4

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Hi welcome back! I’m just returning after my (second) 6 month break, and hoping to see make it to level 40 at least before I take another hiatus haha :sweat_smile:
If you want a study group this thread is really supportive and allows you to track your progress while people cheer you on :tada:

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Welcome back 親父

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I can relate to how you feel.

This happened to me twice. My wife gave me two beautiful babies within a year of each other, and both times I had to shift (happily) from kanji learning to Daddy duties. But after a long hiatus both times, I got back on the horse and continue riding. I am now plugging away, just hit 36 today, and am hoping to pass the JLPT N2 this summer.

So best of luck to you friend, I know your struggles. Slow and steady wins the race! I’ll see you at 60!

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Welcome back. I’m right there with ya, I just restarted lvl. 40 down to 2 (year and a half of hard work!). I’ll meet you up at the top.

頑張ろう!
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