Speeding up the process

so im new to wanikani and ive been doing like the same 26 radicals for a about 3 days now and getting 100% on my reviews is there any way to speed up this process so I can get new radicals or kanji unlocked

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If you’ve been doing the same radicals for three days and have been getting 100% on your reviews then you should have new lessons by now. Are they showing at Guru yet? On your dashboard, the radicals should have a little segmented bar underneath them which shows how close they are.

You can look at the the levelling maths for the first level as:

Unlock radicals = 0hrs
Apprentice 1 → 2 = 2hrs later
Apprentice 2 → 3 = 4hrs after that
Apprentice 3 → 4 = 8hrs after that
Apprentice 4 → Guru = 24hrs after that

After that point, you should have had the kanji lessons unlocked. Does your lesson button show any lessons available?

How the SRS system works for later levels

Given how the SRS (Spaced Repetition System) works, there is a maximum possible speed at which it’s possible to progress on WaniKani; 6 days 20hours per level.

That maximum speed is because you can only progress to the next level when you’ve gotten the majority of kanji for the current level to Guru. When you level up, you get radicals for that level and just over half of the kanji unlocked and you must get these the radicals to Guru before you unlock the rest for that level.

Unlock Kanji + radicals = 0hrs
Apprentice 1 → 2 = 4hrs later
Apprentice 2 → 3 = 8hrs after that
Apprentice 3 → 4 = 23hrs after that
Apprentice 4 → Guru = 47hrs after that

So the total levelling time for first batch = 3 days 10 hours
You then unlock the next batch and must spend 3 days 10 hours again on those

I wouldn’t be overly impatient, because the reviews will start to come in more frequently as you progress, because…

You’ll see items you have at Guru 1 after a week. Then again after two weeks. Then again after a month. Then again after four months. So the longer you progress, the more reviews you’ll start to see coming back from the earliest stuff you did. Once that happens, you’ll have reviews galore.


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Isn’t that what’s relevant for a person on level 1? You should be able to unlock kanji within a day and a half or so if they haven’t changed it too much since I last tried.

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Quite right, I was just amending in fact; I’ve only just woken up and didn’t make the connection in my head of reduced levelling time + three days on radicals = must be new lessons.

Honestly I felt the same way when I was starting out. Enjoy the chill pace while it lasts, it can get overwhelming sometimes!


This is just the nature of the program. You need to demonstrate you are consistently good at one category in order to open up the next. Once you’ve got kanji open, you’re learning and reviewing them on top of the radicals. Get good at kanji and the vocabulary is piled on top as well. Just to make it worse, you can also sign up for KaniWani to practice translating English into Japanese.

I just hit level 2 this morning and my workload is already like this.


OP has not gurured the radicals

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If you want to see what my Thursdays/Fridays currently look like without apprentice levels, or new levels even being involved, then look at this:

Enjoy the easy pace while it lasts.


That would be the natural assumption, aye. Hence why I asked them to check the progress bar and tell us if they’re guru. I’ve given them a semblance of benefit of doubt because they say:

But yes, I suspect that non-guru’d radicals is the reason :3

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I checked, though sweat_smile


You’re doing the crabigator’s good evil work, hehe.

It’s not the first, nor the last, time my benefit of doubt has been misplaced.


Where can I see these statistics?

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That is an Android mobile app called Flaming Durtles. The features are mostly based on scripts also available for desktop if that’s preferable. Any particular feature you’re interested in?


Thank you. Will try it out first :smiley:

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