What is your way of Studying with wanikani?

This might be me showing my noobie but could u please tell me what the reorder script is :slight_smile: i see everyone talking about it but i have no idea what it is feels like i might be missing something amazing

thanks :slight_smile:

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Thanks for this info. I need to spend some time analyzing this flow, to see how it works in practice. Listening and writing are the two things I feel most lacking currently.

I would also like to ensure I ultimately grasp higher order language structures, such as:

  1. Antonym and synonyms.
  2. Relative rankings. For example, knowing that in English, grain < pebble < rock < boulder

Maybe these kinds of things will come with time, but I’m the kind of person more comfortable explicitly knowing and verifying. I feel uncertain if I cannot effectively enumerate what I understand and do not understand.

Perfect, I did not know about this yet, I’ve avoided user scripts so far. I relish a chance to practice listening, I’ll have to give it a whirl. Whether I like it or not, I’m a heavy auditory learner. Personal story divergence…

I was working once, coding away, when one of my co-workers came up to me to discuss something. I gave him my attention for a moment, turned back to finish up my typing, while he proceeded to explain a scenario and asked his questions. I was split brain at the time. When I then turned to him, and give him my full focus, he asked me what I was doing. I didn’t know what he meant. He said, are you repeating what back I just said? I hadn’t realized, but I unconsciously queued up his few sentences in my mind, and started to sub-verbally speak them back to myself. I agreed with him, yeah I guess I was, that’s how I re-analyze things to squeeze out full comprehension and extract precise logical structure.

That was one of the most epiphanous days in my adult life, unfortunate it wasn’t sooner. I’m forever grateful for having worked with that guy, he was exceedingly observant and communicative.

I already use Kaniwani. It would be great when it can integrate listening.

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This? Wanikani Reorder Ultimate [old version, not working]

I don’t currently use it myself.

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Great thanks you :slight_smile:

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Well, seems I’m one of the few slow learners :sweat_smile: @level 5

I do ten new lessons every day, but only if they don’t get my apprentice items over 100. Most of the time my apprentice items are around 60-80. If there are some items I have trouble remembering correct and get them wrong all the time I even stop doing new lessons until I get those items in my head.

Yes, this takes time but if I do more than ten lessons every day I have trouble remembering all items correctly. There are some exceptions - if I get easy items I will do 15 lessons that day. (e.g. last time there were the items for sunlight, moonlight, lightyear… they were easy to me because they are so logical :wink: )

I think I need about three weeks to complete one level? But as I’m in no rush I don’t really care.

Most days I’m doing reviews three times a day (morning, lunchbreak and evening). On very busy days I’ll do them at least in the morning and evening.

In addition I use Kaniwani once a day/every two days. That really helps me remembering the vocabulary!

I try to squeeze in some writing practice but I don’t have much time at the moment. I hope this will get better at the beginning of October, so that I can start over with my Genki studies :relaxed:

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@ryan-gustafson got it. I also use the timeline script and the override script(only for when I vocalize the right answer, but have stupid fingers :-p)

What’s the timeline script? Shows when reviews are coming up?

I’m very hesitant to use an override, kinda like I’d rather not take a prescription for opiates from the doctor. If it ever comes to the point I want to toss my computer out the window, I may reconsider. :slight_smile:

It’s better not to, probably, lol. yeah, the timeline script is just like it sounds :slight_smile: It has potential for abuse, too, if you’re not careful though… don’t look at the kanji in detail in it before reviews (you can click to see specific items, I usually just use the color coded bars) or use it to review. I just use it to know when the new kanji or radicals are coming so I can get them right away :slight_smile:

I think I’m a bit fidgety when it comes to something like an override script I can just see myself making up reasons I knew it, but got it wrong example: the cat vomited so i missed typed it, or the cat jumped on my keyboard and pressed the wrong button, or I woke up and saw my cat doing reviews and that sucker got it wrong so I’ll just use my good friend override :sweat_smile:

mostly cat themed reasons




Hahahahahah yaaassss!!

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It’s my second time around, last year I got to lvl8, now I started from scratch since not much stuck to my silly brain :wink: And I decided to take it easy.
I open WaniKani several times a day (I made it the default webpage so it’s hard to miss) and I do my reviews when I see them. I haven’t had more than 40 in a row so it’s completely manageable if I open the page at least once a day.
I do my lessons in moderation. I open them once or twice a day and I do as many as feels light and easy (5–10 usually). If I start feeling like any new item is difficult to remember during the after lesson quiz, I just don’t do more lessons. I let my brain rest a bit :slight_smile: .

Oh, and this time I don’t use any reordering scripts or anything. Keeping it random! I found that doing easier reviews in the beginning kept me from finishing the batch once I got into vocabulary, especially as I knew it wouldn’t affect my leveling up.

I don’t care about the speed with which I level up. I’d much rather keep to WaniKani long term rather than burn myself out after three months like I did last time. The first 150+ reviews (which piled up after my first flight to Tokyo, while I was sleeping off the jetlag) killed my mojo.

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for lessons, I review the new learned kanji one more time in the summary screen after I finished the new lessons. Radicals are normally no problem in general and for new vocabs I go for the trial and error method in the reviews after learning them ( but it works good)
I also do all the new lessons always in one go.

Regarding general speed on wanikani… since I’ve resetted my progress from 42->1 I go full throttle for now til at least the 30-40 region if not further

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I just do my best to really understand and remember the mnemonics before I review them. Right now I have over a 1000 reviews due to vacation mode…or were they that large in number BEFORE vacation mode…hmm…

Anyway, from now on instead of rushing to learn the lesson’s kanji, I’ll take my time. Rushing just makes it harder to learn them properly.

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I have to admit I don’t really like the scripts to much I sort of like the way Wanikani is so ya glad i’m not the only one :slight_smile:
I have changed up my study a little bit though, now I do lessons and then create anki cards for them its new so i’ll let u guys know how its going

PS. i do however use the pitch info script :blush:

fully agree :slight_smile:

I don’t use any scripts. I’m currently doing all reviews and lessons as soon as they are available (just finished 116 lessons, ugh) and usually manage to get 100% with some typos here and there. This method allows me to level once every 7 days.
I’m only at lvl 6 but “know” about 350 kanji already from studying kanji according to the grade they are taught in in Japan. A lot of the vocab is new though so that’s great.

At the moment I can remember vocab quite easily but sometimes when I’m unsure of how to use the word in a sentence I take some extra time. I also take some time to physically write down the word in both kanji and hiragana quickly on some paper if the word has a strange reading.
I just did 行く・いく、 行き・ゆき、 行う・おこなう for example.

Also just want to mention that when kanji that I don’t know star to appear I am going to set time aside to physically write them down as well since I enjoy being able to.

Have a good evening, day or morning depending on your time zone x

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Oh sorry, also…

I saw some people somewhere mentioning the frustration of inputting the kanji meaning for identical radicals when doing reviews so I have already started to add the kanji meanings as synonyms to unlocked radicals that are kanji on their own just to save myself the trouble in the future.

Ex: Radical 十 is cross and Kanji 十 is ten which almost had my radical go down to apprentice when I was about to answer “ten”.

Just a tip x

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When I level up, I generally use Reorder to do my radicals first (unless my apprentice items are over 100). I’ve gotten really good at remembering my radicals, so doing those is a breeze… Then I do my kanji in groups (I have my lesson batches set at 10) until I’m sure I’ve got each group down. After that, I just breeze through my vocab since it’s mostly gonna be jukugo readings.
I also use Timeline to see if there’s going to be a huge batch of reviews soon after my lessons, so if I have 40 or so four hours after a lessons, I’ll wait an hour or two.


I’m trying to go through the levels as fast as I can (which usually means opening WK two to three times a day). But I’m paying close attention to the mnemonics, even with the Kanji I already knew, since some of them are reused in future lessons. Even if I got the review right but forgot the mnemonics I reread them.

Before WK I spent a long time trying to memorize lists of kanji and practicing writing them over and over again. The result was that I got a strong foundation on stroke order, but the kanji didn’t stick.

The mnemonics are helping a lot, the silly stories involving kanji and radicals are fairly easy to recall and I haven’t had any serious problem so far.

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