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

remember my original reply, where i pointed out that there’s the FAQ and pereira’s guide to send people to?

that’s all that’s needed. everything explained there.

I agree, when you get to the double digit levels the game will annihilate you with reviews. I got so far behind last Christmas that I was overwhelmed and took a break.

Sure, but people (myself being the first, and only actually, now that I look back) had already linked those. I was addressing your other points that you, yourself, just pointed out were unnecessary to make.

I didn’t see any comments worthy of being told to “go away”.


we might have a different level of sensitivity regarding this kind of stuff. threads on wk sometimes tend to head towards gank train if it’s not stopped early.

you linking them is admirable. i didn’t speak to anyone in particular btw

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I find it’s usually best to give people the benefit of the doubt on their intentions with posts/comments since we can only base their intentions off text. (no body language, voice tone, etc to help with distinguishing)


@robertchicago If you have not read the FAQ or the guide, you could try looking in one of the following threads:

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
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?
Do we even learn japanese with Wanikani?
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 long need wait for new lessons?
How many reviews before new lessonlevel
How to level up
I’m level N3 but I just started using this site. Do I really have to start from the beginning?
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?
Kanji progression
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
Silly questions i have
Simple beginner question
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 slow
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?


yeah, communication via text only is lackluster. the bane of the internet.

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maybe this long list of threads hints at something?
the FAQ could be more easily accessible, from the dashboard, at least for the free levels.
that people keep posting this means there’s a lack of clarity, and who on earth reads long ass articles on websites on the net they’re just trying out?

not me at least. i’m a lazy bum.

I’m not sure if it’s changed, but when I started, the FAQ was part of the starting checklist for new users. Is that not the case anymore?

The FAQ is also located in the same spot any FAQ is located for any site/application - at the bottom of the home page.

That’s why I think people tend to get upset when people create a new thread for the zillionth time - because it is easily accessible.


the checklist didn’t disappear until you checked all points, in the olden days, but it seems to have lost all functionality.

maybe a proper tutorial would make sense, the crabigator taking you by the hand, explaining stuff as you go along.

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What do you mean?

points of that list were ticked when you completed those tasks. now it’s just a little info window.

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Ah, alright. But it still lists the FAQ, doesn’t it? If not, I definitely agree that the FAQ should appear as one of the items for new users to complete, whether those items get ticked off automatically or not. It still puts the info right there, and would achieve what you said by being more easily accessible.

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To be honest, I felt like I got like a hundred warnings that WK might feel a bit slow in the beginning. I was also cautioned that people would probably be a bit annoyed if I posted about that in the forums.

But since it was very slow I had a lot of time to read up on the guides and FAQ etc.


maybe a real into makes sense, now that they’re done with the overhaul project. a series of sites you go through, with explanations. “new user experience”.

there’s certain things covered by the FAQ that just keep coming up on the forums, like why do i get marked wrong for X, but not for Y", or “why do i learn A, but not B first”, enough to make it worth it in my opinion.

also helps retaining new users and gaining some revenue from people who give up.

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But as you say @OmukaiAndi, a tutorial would probably be a good thing. I am an avid reader who really likes reading guides etc. Many people aren’t…


Actually, I thought they did do something like this. Almost like a guided tour? Maybe I’m thinking of one of the other tools I use, though. :thinking:

@Obeq since you are relatively new, can you confirm? Were you offered a guided tour of the site when you first logged in?

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i’m the perfect model of a bad, lazy user. i come to a site like this, click around a bit, get bored in 5 minutes and wander off.

how wanikani managed to catch me, i have no clue. it’s been a while.

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when i came back from my 3 year hiatus, i leveled a new account named @omukai to lvl 9, before i reactivated this one. i didn’t see a guided tour.

Actually, no. I was a bit confused in the beginning, and only found my first lessons by accident. I think it was upon reaching level two that the checklist appeared.