Hello guys, I haven’t been writing here a lot, not only because of what the title suggests, but because I’ve never been really active in the community since level 1. But I think that this time around, it might be good for me to share a little bit of my experience, and listen to other people’s experiences and advices regarding getting stuck and feeling overwhelmed and like you hate Wanikani, lol.
I stopped regularily doing lessons and reviews since the beginning of october, when I’ve had a very intense life experience which left me unsure of what to do with my life. Of course, it’s wasn’t the best of times to be doing daily reviews and lessons, and Wanikani quickly became a problem which I didn’t want to think about.
I basically spent 3 months doing reviews once every two weeks or so, with one time succeeding in doing all my reviews - but then I didn’t do new lessons and the reviews piled up again. Not only that, but when I did reviews, of course I couldn’t remember much because of the lack of frequency, and I have to admit I did end up burning some items that I failed to remember precisely, even though I know perfectly well that cheating on wanikani is completely useless for your Japanese learning journey.
I can’t tell you how many times in the morning I opened wanikani in the browser, and then ignored it for the whole day until it got dark and I procrastinated to the day after. And so on.
This went parallel to an overall stop to my Japanese learning - in the summer I was reading a book in Japanese, then I stopped - motivated both by my special life situation, and by the fact that in october I started studying my second university language, which is Chinese (which I love, by the way). Between october and december I also put some effort in learning Korean, and thought about studying all three languages together (my ex-boyfriend was Korean, and you could say my special life situation was him going back to Korea and disappearing from my life completely). I dropped Korean recently, since I’m going on a trip to Japan this coming March. I need to put more effort on advancing my barely-intermediate level in Japanese.
I reached 0 reviews and 0 lessons for the first time yesterday. And wanikani feels completely different, I have to admit. It feels like it felt back in the beginning, when I had fun using it. I don’t doubt there will be though times ahead, but I feel like I got out of an ugly situation that did make me feel like I was maybe going to give up wanikani after all.
Maybe the message I want to get out of this is: there is a reason for you being stuck on a level or being drown by procrastinated reviews, and most likely that reason has little to do with wanikani per se, or your Japanese study per se. You have to give yourself time to process whatever made you develop and ugly relationship with studying with wanikani - and it’s never too late to pick it up and start from your starting point. I honestly don’t care about stats, or how many days will it take me to complete wanikani. I think learning is not a race, and I might even suggest that if wanikani is always, everyday, at the center of your life, then maybe you are not having such an eventful life, after all.
I think the highest number of reviews I had was +700, with +100 lessons to do. Now I have burned more than +4000 items, and am expecting to continue my journey little steps at a time.
I would love to read your personal stories of being stuck at one point, or several points, and how you usually get out of it. I think the mental process is more important than the fact that you actually sit down and do reviews for 5-6 hours in a day (at least that’s what I did at the beginning of this week). And I think we all have special stories that could motivate, hopefully, other people to carry on.