Short intro on why I decided to create this thread
During my two-ish years on WK, I have reset twice, put WK on vacation a few times and I’ve taken my time for level ups. The last three level ups took me about 31 days on average. Although in the beginning I felt really motivated by those cool WK people who raced to level 60 in like a year, I have now decided for myself that I’d rather crawl to level 60 like a snail and don’t shy away from using vacation mode (hence the title of this thread).
The goal of this thread and the Team Snails on Vacation is mainly to motivate each other on our way to level 60. We can share our successes every time we level up but also share our struggles. Don’t worry about being slow in levelling up and don’t worry about enabling vacation mode whenever you feel like it! I’d be very happy if you want to join the team (at the moment it’s just myself haha) and we just take your time here on WK together.
If you’re interested, introduce yourself in a post and add yourself to the leaderboard below.
I’m a newer member, but I think my experience fits in here. When I started around half a year ago, I was intent on reaching level 10 as fast as possible. However, since the end of summer, I’ve found it to be more sustainable to just take it slow, as I don’t have all that much time to dedicate to WK.
I haven’t use vacation mode much, but rather have just been taking it very easy on new lessons. I try to keep up on my reviews at least every few days if not every day, and after I finish reviews I usually do 1-2 sessions of lessons (5-10 new items). At this pace, I’ve averaged about 40 days per level for the last several levels, with level 8 being the longest at 56 days.
I’m content to keep going at this pace for now, working my way through levels slowly. Once I finally graduate from university in the summer, perhaps I will have more time and motivation to dedicate towards studying Japanese, and maybe actually start learning grammar *shudders*
I have no idea how these threads work, but sounds like the right place for me. I study quite a lot during semester breaks but once lectures start again my speed drops to almost zero and I just let things pile up, so levelling up takes a while. But hey, I’m not here for a sprint, and I actually don’t mind working my way through a massive pile of reviews when I have the time for it, so it works for me.
When I notice that things pile up and I don’t have the time or don’t feel like doing reviews for a few days or weeks, that’s when I enable vacation mode. Have you ever considered using vacation mode in these situations?
I have, but usually I’m extremely motivated once I get back into studying, so having a lot of reviews is actually quite nice in that situation, since I can just hammer away at them for hours if I feel like it lol. But I gotta say, right now I kind of avoid looking at my WK front page, since having that massive number of reviews is quite stressful when there isn’t enough time to do them, so in that situation vacation mode does sound tempting.
Team Snails sounds like a good team for me too if that’s ok! I found WK late July 2019, fiddled in free mode and reset in December with the lifetime. I only get to WK once I get home from work during the week and I’ll do a bit more during weekends. Sometimes feel pressured that I’m not doing enough which is silly. I had the Level Duration script active for a while but that stressed me out more so switched it off.
^^ Pretty much my schedule too! I like to clear out reviews every day.
Hi all! I’m newish to WaniKani (started earlier this year, in January or February I think?) and a slower-paced progression thread sounds right up my alley! Similar to what Sproingle mentioned, I can only do WK when I get home from work on weekdays and try to do a bit more on weekends, but definitely don’t have time for new lessons every day. Looking forward to something to keeping me accountable to make slow but steady progress.
Hello everyone! I think Team Snails sounds like a good fit for me too.
I just started WaniKani in November. I try to do reviews everyday and do lessons slowly as my work schedule permits. This seems like a nice thread where we can encourage each other and go at our own pace.
Proud to report that I finally made it to level 20, after 61 days spent on level 19 I gotta say, my main motivation for getting back to regularly studying was having announced my goal on a public forum, let’s hope I can keep my current momentum going for a bit