Hello you guys! This is my Wanikani Monogatari.
I’ve been using WK since Sept 2015 and just reached level 47. The thing is, I had a huge break of about 5 months where i was barely touching WK, through levels 24 to 26 (157 days to go through those three levels, to be exact, did not use vacation mode ever) and boy am I still paying the bill!!
I then averaged about 9 days per level since, but using a WK app to push radicals and kanji to the beginning of both lessons and reviews and ignoring vocab entirely.
This last October my dashboard was roughly: 1600+ review 650+ lessons. Yes.
So, I grinded away at the reviews, then the lesson and finally by the end of November I had done it! 0 + 0, for the briefest of moments. Come December I had 1000 review looking back at me again. And I was powerless.
This March I finally got around to grinding again, did the 0+0 again, about 3 weeks ago, and now I’m standing with 979 reviews + 91 lessons. I have 936 Apprentice items.
I just read how some people were saying that the keep an eye on the number of Apprentice Items so it stays around a certain number, but 936 it’s still a bit baffling.
So what I’ve always done is ignore vocab lessons as they piled up, thinking I would only do them when i got my reviews to 0, as I did on these last two grinds. As I’m reaching level 50 though, I’ve now started doing them immediately as they become available for the following reasons:
- Roughly half of them are straight up On’yomi and/or Easy Meaning;
- Some vocabs actually use as Meaning of Reading Explanations examples from previous levels vocabs, such as “You’ve Learned OYOBU before!” and I’m like “no I haven’t”.;
- And most importantly, I’ve found that the learning the vocab is the thing that really glues the Kanji and its patterns and nuances in the back of the skull.
So my tip is obviously: “Don’t spend too many months just learning and reviewing radicals and kanji to level up, as the reviews will never go away.”
I’m standing with 979 reviews + 91 lessons. I have 936 Apprentice items. On a good day I can do about 400 reviews, only to come bite me again the next day. Has anyone experienced something similar? Am I doomed for Life? Can someone shine some light on this crispy burnt soul?
I’m optimistic though, I’ve come this far, 13 more levels and the lesson will stop, if nothing else.
Will it have been the proper WK experience? Probably not. Love it like hell, though. I’m pretty sure if it hadn’t been for WK this “learning Kanji”, or “Japanese” at all, for that matter, would have been just a fad that I’d had quit by now. I can’t now quit though. I’m in way too deep now. Thanks Crabigator.