Wanikani Confessions

I’m a sinner as well :full_moon_with_face:
But to try to atone, after I level up I try to do the past radicals and kanji as the mighty Crabigator meant for them to be done. I let myself make as many mistakes as I should - after they no longer matter for leveling up :face_with_hand_over_mouth:


I’ve definitely restarted a review session if I’ve made a dumb mistake and wasn’t too far into it.

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…are you the one who is my mysterious benefactor? :hushed:
thx :kissing_closed_eyes:

p.s. I confess I am ignoring my reviews at this very moment. But I promise to do them soon!


After that lovely gift of yours I had to :heart:

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I’m not looking for ways to cheat (though a few levels from now I may well wish for some!)–is there any way beyond doing the reviews right away to move a bit faster? I’m loving the process so far (only on Level 4) but much is review since I’ve studied Japanese in the past. Would like more lessons! I see some of you see ten lessons a day and I’m jealous because many days I see none. I’ve poked around in the archives so I’m guessing there’s not much more I can do, but thought I’d ask since you all have such interesting strategies.

To level up you need to have at least 90% of the current level kanji up to guru, so the only thing that actually matters if you want to go fast is to do the level’s radical lessons as soon as you level up, then when they get to guru do the kanji lessons as soon as possible, and of course you also need to do the reviews whenever they’re available.

Maybe you’re not going fast enough because when you level up you first do the vocab lessons from the previous level, then the radicals and kanji from the current level.

There’s a script you can use to reorder lessons (and reviews, but I don’t recommend that) in order to do the radicals and kanji first and level up faster:

Just be sure to use it responsibly, because this script makes it possible to completely ignore vocabulary lessons, and you should still do them. Many users have procrastinated these lessons to the point of being several levels behind in vocabulary.


This is helpful–thanks, sigolino. I don’t see a way to choose lessons–so far I just do all lessons as they become available at the top of the dashboard. I wonder if there’s a way to unlock more lessons that I’m missing?

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Maybe it’s easier to understand how new lessons are unlocked by reading this:

As for choosing which lessons to do (assuming they’re already unlocked, of course), without user scripts all you can do is tinker a bit with these settings:

Which are located over here:


If you want complete control over lesson ordering, you have to use that user script I posted above, though I’m afraid I’m not the right person to teach you how to install it :sweat_smile:

Thanks again! Looks like doing the reviews as fast as I can will unlock the lessons as fast as I can. I assume the pace picks up at some point if some people are offered/unlocked 10+lessons a day.

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No, they/we don’t get 10 lessons unlocked a day, we restrict ourselves to only doing 10 lessons a day of our available lessons. I currently have 104 lessons waiting, and they were about 200 when I leveled up to 8 ca 10 days ago. Because I used some reorder and then sickness and Christmas messed up my normal flow until I actually had quite a bit of vocab from level 6 still hanging around.

I only do 15 lessons a day, because it takes a reasonable amount of time and keeps my reviews at a level that I don’t get overwhelmed. That means it will take me a while yet to get to 0 lessons and I’m okay with that. I might even level up again before I get to 0 lessons, but it shouldn’t get too wonky this time because I stopped using reorder for now.


For new kanji I just unlocked I’ll use the ignore button for the first review because I never remember all ~25 new kanji on the first go, but I know I’ll have it down by the time they’re Guru and I don’t want to feel like I “wasted” those precious 3 or 4 hours.


Sometimes in a kanji review session, I’ll get one wrong, and if I take issue with being marked wrong, I’ll scurry over to jisho.org for a second opinion.

This happened just now with 壊. I entered “destroy”; WK said “WRONG! It’s ‘BREAK’”. I went over to jisho.org and searched for “壊 #kanji” which returned “demolition, break, destroy”. So back I go to my review session, where I now confidently enter “destroy” as a synonym and then click the Ignore button. I love feeling all self-righteous about clicking the ignore button.

I’m also constantly sending requests for official synonyms to be added (or meanings to be changed) to hello@wanikani.com where Kristen is very accommodating, (Cyrus less so), and so sometimes my requests make it into the actual definition. Also, I apologize for getting “cubbard” removed from 押し入れ.


Kristen is the one taking care of these changes. That’s why Cyrus might sometimes not be able to give you a definitive answer on your suggestions :slight_smile:


What I meant to say is that for whatever reason, in the replies I get from Kristen my suggestion is usually accepted, but in the responses from Cyrus, they’re usually rejected.

But! I shouldn’t have implied that one of them is more helpful than the other, though. My sample size is way too small to make generalizations. I’m certainly also not saying that my suggestions are always right, though I do try to do my research (but then so has the WK team).


I enjoy learning the vocabulary more than learning the kanji.

This is probably because my grammar is much more advanced than my kanji and vocab knowledge so vocab feels much more immediately useful.


True! But you might change how you feel as you get to the levels with many words for “action” and “feeling” and “arrange”, etc. At that point I remember the vocabulary starting to seem less useful and more confusing.

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The caveat to using jisho is that it’s user-edited!! I mean, in your example it was probably 100% fine, but jisho should be taken with a grain of salt, especially with expressions or more abstract terms


Good point, and I agree, but can you point me towards a more authoritative online J-E kanji dictionary? I guess I do have an old 電子辞書 at home…

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I sometimes peek at what reviews are coming up in ultimate timeline. So far I’ve been able to keep myself from looking up ones I don’t know, but I do get to think about it before the review actually comes.


Wow, good to know. So I should enjoy the slow pace and get used to it.