Using WaniKani and Remembering the Kanji?

I’m pretty sure they work for me, as sometimes I add words in my native language and always use those instead of WK’s.

Edit: just tried it and it works :woman_shrugging:

you mean during the lesson quiz and not during reviews, right?
of course synonyms work during reviews.
maybe you’re using a script? synonyms don’t work for me during lesson quiz, because without modifications you can’t add them during lessons.

Oh, missed the part that you’re not using the script. Yes, I use the script to add them!

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right, hadn’t tried that script before, but i will now that i know this :slight_smile:

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That’s part of the reason I really want to use RTK, since I really enjoy learning how to write kanji and I think it’s important!!

I think I will!! I enjoy the book so even I don’t end up using it super seriously, it’s worth a try.

A rote memorization version would be learning the translation/reading(s) without connecting it to meaning and then just plainly “recalling” it over and over again (I put it in quotations because it doesn’t actually help you recall anything lol). RTK connects everything to meaning with mnemonic stories, exactly how WaniKani does

Hey there,

I can only speak from experience here but personally I try to keep my resources as simple as possible.

At one point I tried to implement Human Japanese, Wanikani, Kaniwani, Misa’s Videos and Lingodeer into my daily routine and tbh it worked for a while but it just wasn’t sustainable in the long run.

I know that your question is about RTK and Kanji studies but what I’m trying to say is that I dropped anything as soon as I noticed it requires “alot of effort”.

That being said resources that aquire little to no effort were and are still suited best for me because I know I have to keep using them every day, so instead of risking feeling drained I’d rather drop them.

I think you should try using RTK in conjunction with WK and see how it goes. You can always change your routine. This is the fun part about self studying imo.

also unrelated but +1 for your profile pic. Love Edens Zero and wish I could give you a follow/add you to my friends list whelp

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I used Jitai, a font randomizer script on WK for a while, and despite not practicing handwriting, i had no problems recognizing the Kanji, even with that weird banana font.
Of course handwriting practice does help with reading, especially handwriting.

If you enjoy learning handwriting, that’s great, but i think it’s not important until you’re somewhat fluent, that is, you actually know something reasonable to write in any given situation.

In the beginning, reading Kanji, vocabulary size and grammar are much more important.
See that thread of a lvl 60 user having an easier time learning to write after completing WK.

Though again, if you enjoy learning to handwrite and you have the time in your japanese study routine, by all means, enjoy (=

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Honestly, I’d recommend you only continue using RTK if you want to learn how to write the kanji. If you have no interest in writing, then doing both RTK and WK will probably just not be worth it. If you don’t want to write, RTK won’t likely help you remember the kanji any better than WK alone because they use different radical names and different mnemonics.


I completely agree, but yeah I do like it!! The way I’m using WaniKani right now is that I only learn how to write the kanji from the levels after I’ve already gone through all of them. I’ll probably have to do that halfway through levels though, once I get up to the higher levels, since they have much more material haha.

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For sure!! Also haha thank you, Edens Zero is so good!!

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Yes it is!! I hope I’m able to read either Fairy Tail or Edens Zero in Japanese soon. I just love the characters ^^

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I tried using RTK before moving over to WaniKani - it was fine for me up until around 600 kanji, but the further I moved along, the worse I found the key words and mnemonics - they started getting tiresome, inaccurate, weird, or too scholarly. And mnemonics aren’t even provided after certain chapters, so you’ll have to make up your own or adapt other people’s - which I also found annoying.

Now I just use WaniKani for kanji meaning + reading, and KameSame for writing of mastered kanji and vocab (it expects Japanese input, so I can use the Chinese keyboard on my phone to draw kanji, along with the romaji keyboard for kana). So far so good :blush:


This thread was two days away from dying.


I rest my case.

What’s that got to do with me learning kanji in the most effective way possible? I’m not here to be confused by poets, I’m here to learn kanji.

But what if the cartoon character is really smart and well educated?

Care to elaborate on that? From my understanding it’s just pairing one english word with a kanji and mnemonic to go with it that you create yourself. Unless you’re in Japan and immersed in the language and want to learn fast then I see wk as a better resource.


Where did I say that lol? You’ve just completely ignored most of my post.

Your intelligence and elegance are irrelevant to this endeavour. :stuck_out_tongue:


True, anyone can learn kanji!

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>You guys are all idiots
>No offence

You couldn’t have less tact if you tried