I know this is a very general sounding question, but I ask because we aren’t practicing grammar. So I was wondering what it has really helped you excel at. For instance what did reaching a certain level, say 25, help with in your Japanese learning journey. Did reading become substantially easier or did it improve your conversational skills?
Wanikani helped me get to level 60
WK helped me to know kanji that I didn’t know before WK.
It helped me make and create a schedule for learning Japanese. If I don’t do my reviews daily I’ll
die have a lot more reviews to do the next day.
what does level 60 mean to you?
I had reached a plateau in studying kanji at about 500 characters, and WaniKani helped me push through that.
Thanks to pushing through and helping me move forward, I’ve gone on to pass JLPT N1 and Kanken level pre-2.
That’s not just from WaniKani, but I might have floundered at a lower level for longer if I hadn’t found WaniKani.
It helps me smash keyboards and test the effectiveness of phone cases.
WK helped me lerning kanji faster and better. Before WK, I just couldn’t learn kanji from Joyo 3rd grade and beyond. Now I’m learning them. Besides, now I can easily read and understand most of NHK easy.
I think WK will help me achieve JLPT next year. I know I’ll have to study a lot of other things from other sources, though.
It’s made me a lot less frightened of the japanese language! We didn’t do any kanji at all in the first year of my class but were expected to learn words like 自動販売機 which just seemed like a long string of syllables to me and I couldn’t get my head round it. Learning to break them down into their components has made a huge difference.
Same. It can be hard to start self-study on a language.
WaniKani gave me something clear to focus on: do lessons every day. Do reviews every day. It was an easy way to build up the discipline of doing Japanese 7 days a week.
That later morphed into WK and grammar every day. Then WK, grammar and reading every day. Then WK, grammar, reading and listening practice every day.
WK teaches kanji, not Japanese, but it’s still thanks to WK that I actually managed to start learning Japanese.
That’s how it is for me, too! And I forgot to add that it also gave me an incredible Japanese learning community. I think that every single resource I currently learn with has been introduced to me on these forums.
I think WK helped me decide if I really wanted to learn this language or if it was just a passing fancy of sorts. Once I got through level 3 I was still wanting to learn more so I finally subscribed. Now I’m pretty dedicated to seeing this through to the end and beyond.
Wanikani helped me impress my japanese teacher. As somebody who can barely string together a sentence, I know an unusual amount of kanji. It’s weird when I have to ask my teacher what どうぞ means but I can easily read words like 希望 and 骨折.
It enabled my dream of actually learning Japanese. Kana and grammar can be learnt without the Kanji, but once you go to Japan and see actual Kanji EVERYWHERE you can get scared very quickly.
I tried with Learning the Kanji and other manual approaches and they didn’t stick. Mnemonics were the best bet but Anki and other systems were not really working to retain the shape-knowledge in my brain.
Wanikani did it. Instantly. This is a magical system, and I truly appreciate the effort from the creators and the community.
It helped eat up a lot of my time, leaving less for other things I enjoy.
WK has made me a lot less afraid of japanese in general as of now
I thoroughly enjoy learning Kanji and it’s a nice hobby to have
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I never really had a positive image of my own self discipline. Once I discovered wanikani, I realized I am much better at it than I thought, and currently am now applying those discipline strategies to every day tasks.
I don’t know if you follow F1 but this is me when I do more than 2 typos per review session:
WK helped me to feel less overwhelmed learning Kanji. The few vocabularies I learned so far also helped already to support my conversations with a Japanese friend. Japanese language connects! Love the WK community
Living in a section of Japan where my really poor Japanese is better then the local’s English, the kanji that I have learned through Kaniwani has helped me feel a little less isolated because I can now at least pick out a few words here and there in stores and occasionally even get a good enough idea to know what a sign says and thus have some idea of what is going on around me.