Howdy there folks. I haven’t Wani’d any Kani in a long time now. Like, apparently for 19 years.
And while this is probably inaccurate as to how long I’ve actually been away, it certainly feels like it could have been that long. In those years I’ve gotten much, much better at Japanese itself, and spent a ton of time mostly just reading, but at some point I’ve fallen into an unhealthy habit of knowing the meaning of some words while not always knowing the reading of it, or otherwise not knowing a word but being able to figure it out through context and just shrugging and moving on without actually internalizing the word. Basically, I’ve gotten lazy.
What I’m trying to say is that I’ve put off my WaniKani for long enough and want to finally get around to finishing everything, but it has been so absurdly long that I’ve mostly forgotten the radicals and some of the more WaniKani specific readings to words. I also vaguely feel like I remember seeing there were some radicals that were added or changed at some point over the years? I may be completely wrong. Frankly, facing a pile of 2,866 reviews is pretty bleak and I get the feeling I should almost just be starting over to redrill the correct meanings of things. And besides, WaniKani is fun. While I was still active, I was really about that quick level grind.
I know there are plenty of others who have been in this position, but I’d be interested in hearing some opinions on whether or not I should just bite the bullet at reset this old account. If I were to instead just try to relearn all the old radicals and things while keeping my level, what would be the best way to even start doing that? The mnemonics I used years ago just don’t come to me anymore, which makes me feel I should probably be un-burning everything and starting fresh.
The more I type the more I feel like I know the correct answer here, but I would be very grateful to hear from you forum-goers. Reset to 1? To X? Suck it up and bloody myself on this stack of reviews that makes me want to cry? One of my most vivid Wani-Kani memories is taking a 200 day break and coming back to a 2000+ review stack, which was a painful experience. This break has been much longer and coupled with far more reviews, and I’m not confident I can pull myself back in the saddle from where I am.
I remember I used to lurk here a lot and found so many amazing resources and things that helped me along my Japanese journey, so let me also just take a quick chance to thank this community for being awesome. Of any site or tool I’ve used to study Japanese, WaniKani was probably overall the most important in me understanding enough Japanese to get my wings off the ground and I can’t express my love for the system enough. Regardless of how I start back up, I am looking forward to being in your care a while longer. Cheers.