The climb to the 🍰, a diary. Let's go to level 60!

The problem, though, is that learning new lessons without taking the time to internalise them via reviews means that you’ll have to relearn them over and over again …

WK folks tend to argue about the merit of a lot of things, but the one thing everybody agrees on is that you shouldn’t do new lessons until your review queue is empty.

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1/23 9:32 PM, proudly to say that I’m back. Now it’s time to do everything slowly and steadily.



Good job! Also, don’t forget to review those leeches :slight_smile:


Nice job! I’ve been between 200-600 reviews for most of the last month, just because it’s been difficult to make myself log in and do reviews. I’m finally biting the bullet and knocking out a couple of hundred a day until they’re down to zero, then probably a couple days of maintenance because they all turned into leeches, then back into lessons.

Echoing some previous comments, it’s definitely better to work through reviews until you’re done with them before doing more lessons. Otherwise, your 3 hour/12 hour/1 day review interval gets messed up because the review randomizer selects other ones. You’ve got the reorder script installed, but I still think it’s a bad idea to rely on that heavily. Anyway, looks like you’re in better shape now, but what does the timeline say?

Thank you. I don’t think I would use the reorder script in the near future. Having been used it and actually leveled up quite fast, which you may know already, can pull us into the vocab trap (that is to have a lot of vocab due cause we only just want to learn kanji to level up) Anyway today is a long day to me (I actually graduate today rofl) Oh, here is my review timeline:

9:34 PM, at the end of today. It was quite a long day for me as a lot of things happened. I graduated lol and passed the JLPT test. I’ve solved all reviews as well as leech items. Tomorrow would be the lessons.


The reset decision was made 4 or 5 days ago. I’m quite happy with that decision now as I feel that I’m back on track. That is, I can remember what I’ve studied; I keep track of what I’m about to study (I was lazy back then when I used the reorder script, turned out that we can’t go fast if we want to go far). So, that’s it. Hope that everything is fine from now on. And check back my time in these 2x level, I’ve stayed in level 24 for 2 months. That’s downside but I hope I can get back on my schedule (that’s to barely reach the N2 wanikani levels for the next July JLPT test in my country).

ps: oh I’m a lifetime citizen so I don’t have to rush, keep it easy haha.

So see ya.

I really like @hitechbunny;s lesson balance script; it decides for me what I should learn when, and tries to match your radical, kanji, and vocab progression to each other. I mix it along with @valeth’s lesson cap script, and together they help me keep a fixed pace where I still see progress all the time.

The graphs:

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If you don’t want to learn the vocabulary, then you are just doing yourself a disservice. Getting into the vocabulary trap just happens if you can’t trust yourself with the good use of the reorder script. If you are determine to clear all vocabs on each level then you will have no problem cheating yourself with the re-order script.

What I’m trying to say is that, if you end up in this “trap” then you just have yourself to blame, not the script.
Reviewing the vocabs for each level is actually what makes the kanji stick a lot better as well, without them you should probably look for another source to study kanji :smiley:

Just saying, not to sound like I’m bashing on you or something! Wasn’t my intention at all!

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Well, it’s 74 days, 14 hours since I got no progress and been tried to get back on my study. I decided to reset to level 20 about a week ago (I was 24 back then) to have a good start. So far everything has gone well. I solved all the lesson and reviews but still got about 100 leeches.

Tomorrow would be another 100 reviews I guess, I will try to solve all of them meanwhile try to solve the leech. Doing the leech review actually quite useful as I can revise some “tricky” words like eikou and kouei; human nature and human feeling (I don’t remember exactly but so f*ing tricky pairs). So far so …okay.

See you guys later.

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congrats. we still have long way to go !

Hi, I’m not dead yet : )). I’m at level 21 (again). I’m not wasting 199 bucks and will try to finish this topic when I’m at level 60 and be so proud to share it to reddit. before that, I need to be consistent and determined. hell yea. so, here I am, at level 21 (again)

I have been in try hard mode (in an online game, sadly), in other words, I got so absorbed in the game that I even ignore wanikani reviews. This happened when I have life-time subscription. It felt like I was not in a hurry anymore (maybe this was subconscious xD) because well, I was a lifetime sub haha. Another reason (I know that I’m trying to justify myself here lol) is that I feel I can spend my time to another way of study (I discover learning with text and lots of resources that base on self-study method. I don’t know how to express my idea but you guys can watch Steve Kaufman’s videos on youtube about language learning. I suit me quite well and really affirm my ideas of language learning, as I’ve learned another language, which is English, in a very “traditional” way. Oh, maybe I’m just rambling.)

Anyway, have fun studying and target a goal in language learning is a good technique. My current target is to get N2 this July (that doesn’t mean anything to language fluency, but getting a certain certificate in a language does have some advantages and not a bad goal)

ps: I did notice that sadly I still forgot to use past tense in my writings. This happens when I speak English as well. I have tried to correct myself a lot but same things still happen. What should I do? any advice?

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Did you reset? If so, from which level?

Er, I’m a native speaker so take this with a grain of salt, but could you try keeping a diary where you just write about what you did during the day? So literally everything has to be in the past tense. Maybe drumming it in like that will help to make it stick.


What will you do to achieve this goal? WK alone is not enough.

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Hi radish, I’ve learned 2 new phrases in your sentences. To drum in and a grain of salt. Ty for your advice.

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Ya I did, from 24 to lv 20. You can find my account of what happened in some previous posts of mine.

Haha, I’m so sorry! I am literally having a conversation on an online course right now about how English is awful because it’s full of idioms, and how it’s really difficult as an English speaker to notice/remove them.

So I’m very sorry for using such obscure language, and I hope you’re able to put your newfound knowledge to good use :wink:

Edit: crap, is “put to good use” an idiom?!

Well there is a concrete road in the japanese learning community in my country of how to achieve N2. Well, what I mean is that there are some fixed kinds of textbook and practice materials for me to study to achieve n2 e.g. The shinkanzen series, soumatome, dokkai 55+, mimikara series, etc.

Haha it’s totally fine. English is a really wonderful language. I wouldn’t have learned much about anything without it. Oh is the former sentence correct? xD put into good use is a good phrase, at least I remember I have learned it.

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I would suggest maybe holding off on N2 and trying for N3. I don’t know how much you study off WaniKani, so take the rest with a grain of salt. But, assuming that you are going at max speed from here to early July that’s about 14 levels. That will put you at about level 35 which is 95% N3 kanji, 70% N2 kanji and 3700 words. However, N2 has about 6000 words. Furthermore, it contains grammar that really makes you know the differences between them. Simply reading won’t help solidify it like N3 and below. You really have to understand nuance.

And that is the biggest takeaway, nuance. N2 and N1 make sure that you can’t just know the information of the test. You have to understand it, being able to comprehend things like diction and intent. I don’t think that it would be an easy goal to achieve in only four months.



I do love English, but I can’t imagine having to learn it as a foreign language. Bleuch.

And yes, your sentence was correct :slight_smile: though I guess ‘much about anything’ sounds quite casual - I wouldn’t use it in a report, for instance.