Hello WK peepz
I’ve just turned the final corner on this epic kanji adventure game. So, basically, it took me 1,248 days to get here … and that’s a little under three and a half years, which means genetically I’m more tortoise than hare I would imagine.
Now, to celebrate I made a little cup of matcha and sat contemplating my achievement. I’ve been living in Japan for five years (actually tomorrow is my 5th year anniversary). My spoken Japanese still sucks … but don’t get me wrong, I can basically communicate pretty much anything I need to … only, my goal is to do so eloquently … thus I thought I’d start by getting literate … and then consuming loads and loads of Japanese media. So here I am, level 60 of Wanikani … about to set forth into my next project of reading and listening to Japanese media … only a matter of the rest of my life I guess!
One thing that I think needs to be said … when I started Wanikani, it was because I met someone who spoke Japanese extremely well and their advice to me was to get literate, learn to read kanji … however, it seems the very act of taking three and a half years of doing Wanikani taught me the self-discipline I needed to learn any skill in life.
Other people have whizzed through to level 60 in just over a year … and props to them for that … but I’m not in anyway ashamed it’s taken me longer (and neither should you if that’s you too … or the future you too) … I learned the technical side of photography over a year … and since then I’ve been learning the creative side of it. That’s basically like learning to read kanji and then reading books. I also had the self discipline to go on a diet three months ago … and I’ve lost 12 kilograms … and can wear cool clothes again and not look like a d**** … yay!!!
So in summary … yay, Wanikani is awesome … and not just for learning kanji … for learning how to maintain a healthy habit over the long term. Keep at guys