WaniKani Too Slow! Can I speed this up Please!?

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As others have said - in a nutshell, no, can’t speed it up. Though for sure, the amount of content you have “in circulation” will continue to grow. It will consume more of your time.

With that said, WK shouldn’t be the only thing you’re using to learn Japanese… so if you’ve got spare time, use it effectively. Textbooks, reading or listening to the news, making your own custom card decks in Anki for grammar points or assorted vocab as you come across it in the wild, whatever.

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BlockquoteYou’ll be begging for mercy in a few weeks. Just let it happen. If you want to get better at kanji read some other material in the meantime. It’s not a race. It takes most people a while to realise this I think and it’s how I felt initially. As soon as you realise you are supposed to be learning the kanji rather than simply finishing the course the more it all makes sense. That said - I can’t wait to finish (nearly there!

Exactly. It’s easy to abuse wkstats and compare our own evolution to the average completion rate, but then again, so many factors chime in when it comes to getting everything to Guru level. I know that one of my personal issues is that I tend to type too fast on my iPad, thus making typos that slow me down in the end, and that I have some difficulty remembering when the kanji for “person” is read “nin” or “jin”.

ありがとう! みんあ! It just happened … I have many new lessons and many reviews. Did someone (admin) speed things up for me … nah, just lucky I guess.

And yes to everyone, I am also listening to Japanese news, and studying grammar. Wani Kani is just part of my plan to finally learn 日本語this time.

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A new update happened and they modified/added some content :slight_smile:

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Another thing you can do is use some third party stuff to track your progress. WK Stats can help track how long you’ve been on a given level and when you’ll likely be moving onto the next.

There are a slew of other 3rd party / user scripts (and an entire subforum dedicated to them) which can help with this as well. For example, I like Ultimate Timeline to see when I’ve got things coming up.

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i’ve yet to beg for mercy, and i’ve been through some things. i also don’t care what speed others are going at, or if they wear their pants while doing reviews.

what people need to understand, is that we’re all in different circumstances, and if i was jobless, with too much time, i could finish wk in weeks, not months.

this complete and utter lack of empathy has been a sickness of wanikani since before 2015.
just leave this kind of post alone, maybe link to pereira’s guide or the FAQ, done.

no one needs your derision.
seriously.
go away already.

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Everyone saw this one coming :rofl:
Seriously though, like others have said keep going, things will start speeding up in no time, some people start saying they’re having troubles from as soon as level 6 or 7.

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That’s quite the insightful graphic, hadn’t seen that before. Well then, guess things will still be ramping up for me for some time!

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Yes yes! Just don’t laze out on your reviews and there won’t be any problems, but it’s not that easy, huh. (Life happens)

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right. you laze, you lose. slackers end up resetting from lvl 16 to 1, making a self-motivating forum post, level to 4 and are then never to be seen again.

don’t laze around.

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Lucky is not something I’ve ever said when faced with 100s more lessons/reviews

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Robert, I believe levels 1 through 3 are faster due to years of complaints from users saying Wanikani starting slow. The SRS time for those are half the time compared to the rest of the levels. Level 4 and above, the SRS levels are in the normal time range as specified in the Wanikani user guide. That’s probably why you’re finding level 4 slower than previous levels.

I love this graph. It should always be the first reply to threads like these. Although, I do understand the feeling of excitement when starting studying and wanting more.

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It shall be noted that this graph is actually an ideal case. Those of us (cough) with a sieve for a brain won’t see the workload drop at all until after level 60 is complete.

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Actually, only the first two levels are sped up.

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You don’t want to go too fast. Once you realize you have to do this EVERYDAY RELIGIOUSLY just to be able to keep up. You will wish it was a little slower. When I started I wanted to go really fast and was taking all the lessons right away but now that I look at it, I can see this is actually a life commitment and that I’m in for a long, long ride. So I’m taking it a little easier now.

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Haha ya, in the beginning I used to think all these high levelers who complain about the workload are not passionate enough and I will surely be different. I would still like to think that (chuckle). In the beginning I just wished to learn more and more. Now everytime I get 150+ vocab lessons at once, I’m like oh no…

Everyone is working hard in their own way, it’s a long journey.

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i like vocab. it helps with the 3-4 shaky ones i have every level.

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Is that so? I was under the impression the free levels (1-3) were sped up.

Back when I started in 2013, they weren’t sped up so I’m not sure.

Or that sweet sweet びと LUL

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