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

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.


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.


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.


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.


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


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


Due to the nature of the SRS intervals, no, you couldn’t. It takes over a year to complete WK, even at maximum speed. If your reasoning is you have too much time on your hands, then WK isn’t the tool you’re looking for and you should go with something more like Anki. (I know you aren’t saying you have too much time on your hands. Just explaining that even if that were the case, what you said is false.)

Who are you talking to? Talk about derision…

There were plenty of helpful responses here.


Love vocab. Helps with my kanji (which I think is supposed to be its main purpose), and I know people say the vocab you learn on WK isn’t exactly the same vocab you’ll hear casually, but it’s especially exciting when you read or hear vocab you know.

i could indeed, if there wasn’t a limit.

if i had the time, which i do not. other people however might have time, and with wk not taking so long each day, it’s natural for them to feel it’s slow.

sometimes it’s kind of nice to assume the POV of someone else.

My point was that there is and I felt the need to point it out since this thread was created by a newer user who may not know any better. This is an SRS tool and if someone doesn’t wish to follow the set SRS intervals, then another tool would be better for them.


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.