Wanikani is too slow and the Radicals are Useless. also Why Can't I just level up in one day instead of 7?

So, I just want to give a sincere thanks to Koichi and the whole WK team. He is the man. Kanji is the man. Wanikani is the man. They is the man. The Crabbigator is the man. Wanikani is epic. Learning kanji is general the most unpleasant part of learning Japanese from what I have heard. For me, it became, and still is, my favorite part about learning Japanese thanks to the epicness that is WK. You transformed something difficult and tiring into a fun game which I desperately wanted to beat. So thanks. I really appreciate it.

Also, I am gonna put this here partially to brag but partially as a message to anyone struggling right now. As you can see, I got stuck for a really long period of time, 3 times, and I still made it. Each time I thought I was done for and there was not way I would make it back. If you are in a slump right now, don’t feel like there is no chance to get back. I felt like that a few times and it sucked. Just sit down, do some reviews each day, get back on track, form good habits, and once you have caught up, meet me in level 60 land. The rumors were true, there is cake here.


Nice!! Congrats Tama!


It took you over one year??? Preposterous!
I could do it in two weeks if it would let me skip levels. This site is useless.


Congrats Onion!

Well done!

Thank you for not reading the FAQ and the Guide. If you were unable to locate the search function I refer you to this post which explains it in detail.

However since I see you are new here I will provide you with what you’re looking for so you don’t have to overexert yourself looking for the answer.

24 hour wait and 0 reviews tomorrow
a bit slow to progress?
About the first (infamously) slow levels
Already know a few kanji…
A Three Day Wait
At Level 4 but stilll seems a bit slow.
Brutally slow feeding of new items and reviews for intermediate student
Brutally slow feeding of new items and reviews for intermediate student
Can I speed up the pace at WaniKani?
Can I speed up the pace at WaniKani
Can new users jump to their appropriate level
Can you study Japanese in a faster way?
Does it start this slowly?
Early level unlock speed
Enough with radicals, why won’t kanji come already?!
Feel like there needs to be a more concise way for non-beginners to bypass content already known.
Give me more reviews
Going through the start faster.
Help new to WaniKani
Help please new subscriber
Help with lessons cant seem to get anymore
horribly slow for intermediate, any way to skip levels??
How many reviews before new lessonlevel
How to level up
In 72 hours some reviews very sparse
Is it just me or do the reviews suck For level 2
Is it supposed to be this slow?
Isnt five days a bit too long of a wait
Is skipping from apprentice to guru/master/enlighten/burn possible?
Is skipping levels possible?
Is there any way to make this thing go faster?
Is there ANY way to speed this up?
Is there anyway to speed wanikani up? I find this too slow.
is there any way to speed wanikani up?
Just started, why is it this slow?
New here
New lessons arent unlocking
New user checklist and lesson speed
New user question 0 Lessons and 0 Reviews means I should just wait
New user questions
No New Lessons
Not being able to continue/skip ahead
Not getting a new lessons
One study session just one radical now must wait 8 hours
Only 1 kanji in the reviews since 3 days
Only 86 reviews within the next day I am bored
Pace is too slow for intermediate-level users.
Progression question!
Progression speed
Pshh… This is too easy and slow!
Question about wait times
Review and level up wait time for the millionth time probably
Shorten wait periods
Skipping Ahead
Skipping Levels (or making them quicker)
Slow Progress customise starting level
Slow progression
Slow Start?
So slow
Speeding up lessons
Speed too slow
Speed up the first 5 levels of wanikani
Suggestion: Assessing Levels of New Users
Suggestion: Skip Waiting Time
The SPEED!!! of WaniKani.
The starting-as-non-beginner / placement-test / I-already-know-this thread
The wait times are ridiciously long
Think WaniKani is slow? You’re not alone.
This newbie needs help on unlocking more lessons
This website sure starts slow…
Time between reviews for each SRS level
Too Slow
Two days until next review No lessons either
Unlocking new radicalskanji
Unnecessary waiting for new content
Wait 4hrs to review only one word
Wait times
Wanikani isn’t as slow as I expected it to be and I am disappoint.
WaniKani is so slow!
WaniKani is so slow at the start
WaniKani is so slow
WaniKani Is Too Slow!!!
Wanikani painfully slowhttps://community.wanikani.com/t/Wanikani-painfully-slow/1580/1.
ways to make the learning processes faster?
way to speed up the lessons?
What do you need to do level up
When are my lessons coming
When do you get a new lesson
When may I start studying Kanji
When will WaniKani increase speed?
Why is this site soooo slow?!?!?!?
Why must it be so “slow”?
Wish the intervals between reviews were shortened. Any tips on getting to the next review faster?


Please tell me those are all rickrolls…


Not a single one.


YAY! You did it! And you have a pretty new userpic, too!

EDIT: the speed on your last levels is INTENSE. I thought I was just imagining things when your badge number kept changing.


Why is the how do you search the community forums thread closed?


Not really clear. Apparently some of the posts may have been inappropriate or something.

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Why did wanikani email about this thread is what I’m wondering.

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Because we missed you, of course

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This list burns my eyes, but also, why am i not getting reviews? I did a lesson why cant i review it im not learning anything thanks


Congratualtions! I was wondering when you’d reach 60 :stuck_out_tongue:
Also you totally got me with the title ._.


That is very random. You mean like this thread as in this thread? Weird…

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Congrats @TamanegiNoKame

I’ve been told when I started learning Japanese that kanji is a total nightmare, slow torture and close to impossible and then a friend told mii about WaniKani, so I can totally relate.

That screenshot is really helpful too.
If you don’t mind answering - I was wondering about the change of pace -
It looks like you were able to learn faster after each time you’ve got stuck.
You went from 9 days on average to 7 days on average to 6 days on average.
Was it a “hitting a wall” situation every time your brain was about to recalibrate itself to a faster learning pace as a result of practice or just mechanical changes you’ve made (scripts, change of schedule etc.)?


I dare you to reset back to level 1. You can’t turn down a dare. It’s the rules.


They grow up so fast

I feel like just yesterday you were in the 40s and profile picless.

EDIT: missed an s


So, @2tea, the honest answer, from 9 to 7 was mainly that after learning kanji for a while, learning new kanji became a lot less painful and my brain got better at it. And from 7 to 6 plus, I started using a script to put the kanji and radicals first in my lessons, so I would always do the radicals right away which lets you level faster. For the three plus day levels, by that point the learning kanji process became pretty mechanical for me and also I started pre-studying kanji before the time I was supposed to level up. So really, I don’t think the crashes had much to do with it. Your brain just improves at learning a certain type of information over time. Also, I just became more and more willing to sacrifice sleep because I am moving to Japan in a bit and wanted to at least be pretty firm on kanji before I leave.

EDIT: I guess the one thing the crashes reinforced in my mind each time was the need for forming habits and letting those habits drive my schedule, so in that way, they did have some effect.