I have read through an app called “Human Japanese” and used Anki to memorize it’s vocabulary. Then I found WaniKani and I am on level 3 now. I need to decide to subscribe or not.
When I did practice the past levels, I felt the app itself is awesome. I can “identify” more than before, but on the other hand i don’t feel confident. I usually have to think a lot when I see a kanji. Also, I tend to forget a lot of things after a while. In example the “Power” radical. I memorized it quickly, but a few days later it’s like: oh, I have seen this before - but what it was exactly, is gone.
I wonder if this is the normal process. You forget and your repeat, over and over again and at some time it sticks.
To be more clear: I would love to hear if anybody had actual success with this all. I am a westerner, not very talented with languages at all, is it really possible to succeed with 2000 Kanji, their different spellings, meanings etc? At the moment it feels a bit like wasted time (and money). On the other hand, I have made it to level 3 :-), which I didn’t believe was possible. But is it maybe just because I learned some of the terms in the other app before?
If you have any success stories to share, please let me know. I am also interested in how long it did take you, because if it’s longer than the promised 2 years, it might be worth taking the lifetime subscription… Or, if you are sceptic about this, I would love to hear that too.