My Wanikani experience thus far:
Several days of 5-15 lessons aiming for ~100 apprentice-level items) and completing all reviews. 82-88% correct most days:
“I’m an idiot! I’ll never learn this horrifically difficult language. Geez this is awful. Why do I subject myself to this?!!”
Finally, some vocabulary lessons.
“Oh, I know those words! Wow, so that’s the kanji for that word. Hey, this is fun. Whoops, better not do too many lessons at once or I’ll pay for it with future reviews.”
A few more days of reviewing down to zero, with ~90-95% correct:
“I am a golden god. This kanji stuff is easy. Why didn’t I learn to read sooner? There’s no doubt I could have gotten 100% correct if I’d really tried.”
Criminy what a difference a few percentage points make to my mood!
I’m pretty sure I’ll eventually start seeing a higher percentage of vocabulary words I don’t know at all (which is going to suck) but for now, purple is my new favorite color (soooooo much better than that evil pink!).
I read about people rushing to 60 and only focusing on “level-up items” (mostly ignoring vocabulary). I honestly can’t imagine. I’d be a miserable wreck without my periodic dose of purple! (Laugh)