Wayyy to slow

AAHAHAHA!!! I don’t think I have done anything of significance on any weekend of the past 6 months… My girlfriend has thrown the towel. I’m basically wired up to this website, I might just as well make it my homepage. (I lead a sad life… thank you crabigator!)

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I like to remain a man shrouded in mystery.

But it may be a habit thanks to a discord im in :3

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Thankfully I’m still trying my best to fit in other studies where I can. I definitely don’t want to be one of those who reaches level 60 and hasn’t done anything else so they don’t know how to move on afterwards.

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Simple solution: If you are bored, just start studying ahead. There is always something to do. Since you paid, can look at all levels with mnemonics. Unless you have a great memory, you will probably want to do this anyways and keep your reviews at a high pass rate. I think using the SRS system alone for practice is not a great idea IMO if you want to keep moving forward w/ progress. I review old words or look ahead just to stay fresh as missing Burns is painful.

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What if the slow start gets us in the habit of treating reviews like blessings so that later when we get swamped with reviews for years on end we still power through with praise for the Crabigator on our lips

:thinking:

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@mahodeus 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?!
Faster…?
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
OH GOD WHY IS WK SO SLOW!?!?
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
Reviews
Shorten wait periods
Silly questions i have
Simple beginner question
Skipping Ahead
Skipping Levels (or making them quicker)
Skip?
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?

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WK uses SRS, if you’re not familiar with this method, take a look at the WK guide specifically the “Hold on, I have to WAIT?” section.

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These really need their own sub-section, maybe then people will stop asking x’D

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SRS is more about the “space” and less about the quantity…Nobody is suggesting the the space needs to change as SRS is a proven successful tool but rather allow the quantity to be adjusted…there is absolutely no correct number of things to learn per day so why put one limit for everyone regardless of the many variables?

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iirc, the first two levels actually do have shorter intervals than the rest, in order to counter-act the slowness. It just is going to feel slow anyways until things pick up in the middle. And letting people “rush” at the beginning would probably increase the “overwhelm” later on.

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Guys… why go so hard on the OP? Unlike most cases, they did say they love WK :man_shrugging:

@mahodeus, please have a read of my Guide for WK, mainly Chapter 2 (as it answers your question) :slight_smile:

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Buckle up
It will soon become more fun.

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I don’t find WaniKani slow. In the beginning, I had other things I did with my spare time. Now there is no spare time. There is only WaniKani.

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Because if you increase the quantity you learn for the first couple levels you’ll have even so often a huge spike of review that will hunt you for 6 months. Raising the “throttle” of new lessons is not going to make you go faster only for those couple of days, but is going to create a huge lump of reviews that is going to hunt you for a long time. That’s why you have roughly the same amount of lessons for each of the 60 levels.

It is incredibly important to have the same flow of new elements all the way through your studies.

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Then why have levels? that is 100% contrary to your premise as they artificially limit your progress…

EDIT
Also, why is the number of reviews I can do per day the same as the number that Bob can do as is the same as Jane can do…?

I became obsessed pretty quickly, I didn’t WANT free time.

I think levels are pretty much a way of turning studying into a sort of game and it also gives a good measurement of progress.

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You almost have to feel like it’s slow at first, because most of the review streams haven’t started yet. Peak average review and lesson load is 9x what you see in level 1. If just the lessons were enough to satisfy your desired study time, the full load would be guaranteed to be too much.

Can’t I slow down later? No. Once you do the lesson, you’re committed to 8 more reviews at designated intervals for the next several months. If you don’t do them when scheduled, chances are you’ll fail them. If you just want a list of kanji to study at your own speed, there are plenty of places to get those lists. WK isn’t that.

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How is that opposite of what I said? You have levels to give you a sense of progression, that’s it.

The amount of reviews will self regulate eventually depending on how many lessons you’ll be able to munch in one day over time, so if you are able to do more reviews than jane, you’ll get more work than jane. No problem.

Also, do you realize that in no time you’ll have 200+ review to do every day, right? If you feel really confident you can aim to finish every level in 6 days and 20 hours which will guarantee even more review per day for your amusement.

Wanikani is not something you tackle in a month, it’s a journey that lasts for at least 13 months, you will need a constant amount of reviews every day, if you get spikes you’ll feel pain. If you increase the lessons the first buch of levels only to slow down to the “normal pace” later on (and trust me, you would!) you’ll get spikes.

Plus, consider that wanikani is not going to make you fluent in japanese, you need to supplement it with a lot more study from other sources, so don’t consider this a bottleneck.

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