What additional resources could I use with Wanikani?

Hey there guys,

I’ve just started learning Japanese using Tofugu’s “Learning Japanese: A Ridiculously Detailed Guide”. I have finished learning Hiragana and Katakana as well learning to type in Kanji, the guide says that before moving on I should be on at least be on level 10 of WaniKani before moving on. I’m on level 1 right now which means a pretty long time before I reach level 10, so are there any additional resources you guys recommend to use while grinding WaniKani?

P.S this is my first post on this site pls be kind to me HAHA


You could check out Bunpro:

The first few levels are free, just like WK and it’s more geared to grammar. Personally, I actually gave up on other resources once I got to level 15 or so. The workload was just too high and WK was something I wanted to actually finish.

So, if you can fit it all into your schedule then go for it, but don’t be afraid to prune if necessary. At a decent clip, it’ll take 2 years or so to finish so no need to rush right now. :slight_smile:


It’s actually the first month :wink: There are not really any levels, you can work on your own pace.

I also recommend Torii, which teaches you 10K vocab. The vocab in Wanikani is not always useful, as it is mostly there to reinforce kanji readings. Torii even has an option to exclude vocab that WK teaches you, so you don’t learn things twice. And it’s completely free!


I don’t think it hurts starting with grammar right away, or at least start looking wich source for it suits you best. The most common ones are Genki and Minna no nihongo as textbooks, also there is the Tae Kim’s guide for grammar, and much much more stuff. The important thing, I think, is to find something and try to stick to it.

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I started kind of the same way about 2 years ago. Started self study with wanikani, bunpro (grammar) about 6 months later, a book about how to write kanji. And because I still had the motivation I also started following actual lessons this year because I missed some guidance and teachings in speaking and listening. I still study every day and I intend to keep doing that.

Bunpro is amazing! I bought two textbooks but I just don’t seem to be the type of person who enjoys using textbooks. This website has helped me so much learn grammar. Absolutely love it

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I think you can start learning grammar right away. Most grammar resources, textbooks at least, can be used once you’ve learn Hiragana/Katakana. There’s a lot of them out there, so find what works best for you!

Personally I’m a big fan of textbooks (Genki and Japanese for Busy People are my favs), but maybe that’s not what you’re into, and there’s definitely alternatives out there, as others have mentioned in this thread before.

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