To lv 46+ers, what is your strategy for 3.5-days' levels?

Here’s how I’ve been doing it, though I’d recommend taking your time, like a level a week unless you can handle the heat! :fire: :turtle: :fire:

Heat being 300-400 reviews, and ~35/70 lessons a day.

Day 0 (Level up): Do Radicals + Kanji
Day +1: Do 1/3 of Vocab
Day +2: Do 1/3 of Vocab
Day +3: Do 1/3 of Vocab… Level up!

I pre-studied for level 58/59 because I had the time :grin:


Basically, I always pre-study before leveling up. That’s how I level up fast.

I’ll be aware of level 48 bump (笑).

I just have a lot of vocab piled up, because I abused reorder script. (I didn’t ignore vocab studies. I just focused more on EN->JP than JP->EN; that is, I worked mainly on Anki. I don’t use KaniWani.)

Let’s see how I will survive and adapt in the future.

I’m thinking of delaying my pace too. I kind of enjoy doing around 25 lessons a day, so maybe I’ll maintain a 25 lesson a day pace - and delay doing my kanji lessons according to level up at whatever pace will maintain a 25 lesson a day pace… so if level 46 has 143 total items, I’ll plan to level up in 6 days (do all my kanjis within the first 3 days)…

We’ll see what happens when I actually get there…

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…by giving up and accepting that I can only muster 4ty days per level average instead.

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I changed to the newer re-order script… so I could choose whether to learn Kanji first, or Vocabulary first. And I don’t learn every Kanji lesson at level up anymore (although I can). I just make sure it is a beautiful number (divisible by 25 or 50).

But seriously, the newer re-order script is quite complex. Also, the older re-order script is more beautiful. So, now I keep both installed. (Actually, three - so, all three.)

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I tried, I failed. Lvl 56 was a hell. It’s actually a tsunami that you are, level after level, building. And it hits you around level 54/55. You can handle it a bit, when suddenly you realize your apprentice number is over 250, your guru number over 1000, and the master one starting to be over 1000 has well.
If you have nothing to do the whole day, you can handle it. If you are working and can only spend 2h a night on wanikani, don’t be too stupid and take it as always.
You can still go a bit faster.

For instance, instead of 4 days level, I am around 5.5 days a level. This allows me know to handle better the pack of reviews!

As you can see, my Apprentice number went over 250, my Guru number over 800, and the Master one, > 1000. When it’s yellow, it means that I can’t handle that number of reviews. My first 45 levels have no yellow moment.

Good luck and have fun :slight_smile:

EDIT: The tsunami is actually hitting you after one month. So you can’t really see it at the beginning!


@Goutye Did you manually record that data, or is there an app/script? I would love to be able to see daily item counts like that from the past two years.

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Clench really hard

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(But yeah, I had a tsunami around level 55 as well; so instead I slowed down to handle it enjoyably)

I’m actually using a previous excel sheet posted by someone a year ago. It’s a script that will collect once a day the data and fulfill the google spread sheet. If you look into the archives, you should find it! :slight_smile:

Talking about it, you can see near the end the rise of the Guru/Master numbers until I decided to stop and go back to my previous rhythm! :blush:


I found a better version! Enjoy @chrispthompson

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I’m a little confused: don’t you have to unlock the kanji first? My understanding is that you can do the radicals on Day 1 and the kanji on day 4 when the radicals are Guru’d, so it takes a minimum of 8 days to level up. Is there a faster way?

Prior to level 46, yes, you’ll need to guru your radicals to unlock the remaining kanji for the level, because you need 90% of the kanji guru’d to meet the condition to level up.

At 46 and above, majority of the levels have only a couple of radicals(0-3), which translates to less kanji to be unlocked via radicals. As a result, 90% kanji guru can be achieved without the kanji unlocked by radicals being guru’d.

Got it, thanks :+1:

…I can level up in four days? News to me.

When I was still learning Kanji I was fairly familiar with, I usually did things as fast as possible. All reviews whenever I could, and then I would have 3 days of craziness, a few days of drought, etc. It was hell, and it got me through my teens and I would say I maintained the pace into the mid-20s (even though I wasn’t familiar with many of the Kanji by then).

I’ve been doing a different pace recently, though. If my Apprentice items are below a certain threshold (50, recently), then I will do 5-10 lessons (depending on how many reviews I had that day). I’ll do 15 if my Apprentice Items hit around 30, but I can’t remember the last time I did more than 15. Then, I make sure I do my reviews, at least in one chunk in the morning and a big chunk at night. I feel like I get to take more time with each item, and there is less focus on Wanikani so I can spend time doing Other Japanese Things, which I think is increasingly more helpful at higher levels.

Once I hit level 50, I think I may start limiting my Review, cut lessons down to 5 per day, etc. I feel like I’ve reached a point where Learning More Kanji is less helpful than Reading More Japanese. Kanji are great and I 100% love them and think WaniKani has been super helpful in getting here, but at least for a while, I have more important things to learn elsewhere, and I have a lifetime membership here so I am in no rush.

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I definitely plan to take it slow, or at least normal pace. Even now I have 200+ reviews every day and am constantly struggling to keep my apprentice items below 170.

That’s exactly what you should do. However, I still consider the level 50 51 52 53 as interesting in terms of kanjis (even though half of them are still really rare).
Reading will help you way much than increasing the pace of WK.

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I will be there soon. I currently have 61 apprentice items, no pending lessons, and I’ve averaged about 6 days 21 hours for the past 2 months or so. I’m not worried about a slight increase.

2 levels to go until 46. I’m thinking I’ll spend an extra day or two on each level, and I’ll still reach 60 some time in fall. Then comes all the kanji not covered by WK…