What is Your Wanikani Tactic? - Here is Mine!

After doing some research, AutoHotkey (and its counterpart/predecessor AutoIt v2) appears to borrow from a lot of languages but appears to be most similar to BASIC (of which, I don’t know much).

Scripts. I didn’t know how to use them at first but they are surprisingly easy. I did it by downloading tampermonkey for chrome, then I went here: https://greasyfork.org/en/scripts/by-site/wanikani.com
and got all the scripts I needed. Super easy. You don’t need to be technical to do it.

The lesson reorder is probably the most useful of all but there are a bunch. You can mix and match however you want.

I have the ultimate timeline, lesson reordering, super happy burn script and a few others. Enjoy!

Just make sure you still do your vocab lessons if you decide to use lesson reorder. Vocab is probably the most important part of Wanikani.


We’re really getting off topic now, but it’s fun, so I’ll continue. I played a bit with VisualBasic a while back and was comfortable enough to place it on my resume. It generated so many garbage inquiries, that never before was I so eager to remove a skill OFF my resume as that one! These days, it is hard to see why someone wouldn’t just use C# - it’s pretty nice!


Ditto on the 100 apprentice items. Any more than that and I get swamped and I don’t remember anything.

I try to do reviews at least three times a day (typically around meal times). I have more free time then and I can focus on items. I’ve also found my accuracy (typing) is much better with a keyboard than on my phone, so I don’t do reviews on my phone anymore. I just use it to tell me how many reviews I have before I start my session so I know how much time to book for reviews.

I’ve been meaning to install the reorder script but I haven’t gotten around to it. I tend to just keep refreshing lessons until they’re mostly new radicals/kanji instead of vocabulary when I level up.

I don’t know if it’s much help since I’ve been running 24 days per level for my last two levels though.

Still super green here but I like to do my reviews when i first wake up and am lying in bed, since I am the worst about waking myself up and it motivates me a little to know they’re waiting for me.

Yeah, i use the Reorder Ultimate script.

It’s really nice compared to feeling the need to just bust through a over hundred lessons once a week, as I did initially! :slight_smile:

I also recommend setting it to the 1x1 mode sorted by reading first. This means that for each item, it will ask you for the reading immediately followed by the meaning. I think this really does help you start hearing the proper sounds in your head as you look at the words. And 1x1 keeps you from having to unnaturally forget and then re-remember the meaning later down the queue.

The only downside of the 1x1 mode is that you will be asked the same question again immediately upon failure unless you manually hit the random button. In practice I’ve found that this doesn’t actually make me learn the words significantly worse, however.

On the subject of scripts: this may not be for everyone, but I found the Final Countdown script to be incredibly useful. It limits your answer time (default 10s can be changed) and submits a wrong answer after that.

I might sound like I’m just being a glutton for punishment, but I’ve really started to dislike how long I spend thinking on each item when given the opportunity to do so. Now the reviews take less than half the time, while my accuracy only went down from about 90% to about 80%, and those failed items probably needs more study anyway.


I employ someone to do my reviews for me.


Let me know how that tactic works out for you.


There’s a better alternative to 1x1 mode if your goal is to implant the readings in your head first. Basically, just say the reading for every review as it comes, then think of the meaning if it’s asking for that. rfindley describes it here: https://community.wanikani.com/t/Stop-translating-in-your-head/10082/13


There’s a better alternative to 1x1 mode if your goal is to implant the readings in your head first. Basically, just say the reading for every review as it comes, then think of the meaning if it’s asking for that. rfindley describes it here: https://community.wanikani.com/t/Stop-translating-in-your-head/10082/13

To each their own :slight_smile:

I prefer being actually asked for the reading, not just having to force myself to do it in addition to the thing being asked. In my anki deck I have a single card for both and I don’t like it as much.

I also like having the countdown script, but that does give me an incentive to focus only on the specific thing being asked.

But since this thread is about suggesting strategies, it’s great to list as many as possible!

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My strategy is actually JP writing to meaning, then meaning to JP reading. I don’t really connect writing to reading directly.

But the focus would be, meaning to JP reading; that is EN->JP.

I should really try an appropriate sequence. Reading before meaning, is it? I plan to do this on extra-WK kanjis (plus copy WK’s idea - learn 1 emphasized reading first.)

  1. I use the following userscripts:
    ** Lesson User Synonyms (so helpful, mandatory for me, which is why I try to only do lessons at home on the computer since I can’t use userscripts on mobile it seems)
    ** WaniKani Example Sentences - I use this for getting context, but also for adding new synonyms if I see it being used in a certain way frequently, especially if that elucidates the meaning more. So I’ll often use this during lessons as well.
    ** WaniKani Override - like others, I don’t use this as a cheat past guru, but I do make a lot of errors because my keyboard is messed up, or because I’m lefthanded on the tablet (I think that’s why? Idk)
    ** WaniKani Phonetic-Semantic Composition and WaniKani Part-of-Speech
    ** WK Dashboard Progress Plus
    ** WK Ultimate Timeline
    ** WK Real Numbers
    ** WK Reorder Ultimate 2
    (The other four or so I use are less important)

  2. Follow my stats, progress, items, charts with this site.

  3. Occasionally use KaniWani. I’ve found it actually helps since I tend to add a lot of synonyms, and some of those synonyms are pretty important and I’ll forget them, so it actually helps reinforce that. But it also helps me when I want to try to translate the English in my head into vocab I should know.

  4. Haven’t used it in a while, but I really should because it’s a big help. Set a goal (like write one entry daily?) for Lang-8. The corrections are massively useful!

  5. Practice the 17+ forms of verb conjugation and 16+ forms of adjective conjugation, by WaniKani level!, on WaniConjugation

  6. Out of the 7 types of questions, especially use “Does this sound natural?”, “What’s the difference between A and B?”, and “Please Show Me Example Sentences With~~” on HiNative. But like Lang-8, also make sure to answer/translate/correct Japanese-to-English, as it’s good practice and good karma ;). HiNative also allows for audio listening/recording!

  7. Make liberal use of Jisho. I love being able to look up unknown Kanji in images with the radical look-up! On that note, also make liberal use of Rikaikun or if you prefer, there are similar ones I’ve heard of: Rikaichan (I have that, too), Rikaisama, Yomi…I forgot, others can recommend I guess?

  8. Practice reading and listening with things like doujinshi online, My Kikitori, Comico, Shonen Jump (some are free), Japanese Radio, NHK Easy News, Satori Reader (By the makers of Human Japanese), and you can find plenty of audiobooks, children’s stories, speaking sites, Language Partners, and other opportunities for reading, listening, and speaking, on computer or apps (lots of apps!), for free or not.

  9. Reinforce basic grammar with the Tae Kim’s Guide to Japanese Grammar app (I prefer it over the website), and more in depth with Imabi.

  10. Reinforce everything in a lovely style with pictures, conversation with audio, quizzes, culture, some geography, grammar and vocab and Kanji, etc, with Human Japanese (Offline computer software and app!).

~ Memrise - computer and app
~ Tsukiji (Google Play app with Kanji, Vocab, and Quizzes on all JLPT levels)
~ Write It! Japanese (GP app for practicing writing out kana because I suck at it), and I plan on downloading other apps.
~ I’m also thinking about downloading Anki again and using it with the WaniKani stylized decks available on here (computer software and app, though I hate the Android app so far).
~ And plenty of other resources available on here throughout the forums! I won’t link 'em, you can just search, plus there are pinned posts to many of them, including in the API section.


I keep reviews ~50 and and only start new learning new kana when the review number falls below 50 in the next 24 hours. Keeps it slow and allows me to spread my learning across different resources without getting overwhelmed.


I think 1x1 mode speeds things up, and life is about compromises. Wanikani can take up too much of my Japanese learning time so I think 1x1 is a good move. I think lesson and review reordering is a dangerous tactic and would never front load myself with radicals and kanji. Sometimes I use it to mop up old vocab, and sometimes I use it to break reviews into chunks, but that’s about it.

I keep reviews ~50 and and only start new learning new kana when the review number falls below 50 in the next 24 hours. Keeps it slow and allows me to spread my learning across different resources without getting overwhelmed.

You’re only on level 2. You’ll need to expect at least 100 reviews a day soon, and do them more frequently than twice a day if possible.

Similar to crihak.

Long Levels (1 level/week - 2 waves per level)
First Wave
Do radicals lessons first.
Do remaining lessons over next 24 hour period.
Set alarm for radical reviews.
Second Wave
Guru radicals. Do new kanji lessons.
Set alarm for kanji reviews.

Short Levels (2 levels/week - No wave per level)
Do radicals and kanji lessons all at once.
Do remaining lessons(vocab) split over a number of hours.
Set alarm for kanji reviews.
Guru kanji. Level up and repeat.

This has started being intense so I’ve started to stop the alarms and just do my reviews when I wake up.

When I know I’m coming up on a new level, I’ll let my apprentice reviews drop a bit. During a level, I’m able to manage about 150 or so apprentice reviews. The day before I think a new level is incoming, I’ll let those apprentice review levels drop to 100. Since new levels usually come with a glut of lessons (just got 80+ for hitting level 8 just now), the drop in apprentice reviews helps to manage the initial overload. I’m averaging about 9 days per level and feels fairly manageable. I’ll also make sure all vocab from the prior level is complete and in the review queue before leveling up (just made sure all level 6 vocab were in review before hitting level 8).

Don’t know if this is considered a tactic. My level is N2 and because of self study(and mainly neglecting) I’m very weak in kanji and in turn reading sections. All I do is make sure i do all the lessons and review as often as I can everyday. If I enter a new level I would do as much as I can remember then rest for half hour or an hour then continue until finish. After seeing the result from here


I would try my very best to match my speed with the fastest estimated time. But I already know some of the kanji so I don’t have to learn everything :sweat_smile:

Hm, but you are supposed to remember better the things that you learn just before getting to bed!

I have not personally found this to be the case. Maybe because my brain is tired by that time of the day. But also I think having the short, 4 hour interval is important.