I’ve been using WK for about a year and a half now, and progress has been slow and steady. I reached level 31 this morning and plan to take a pause and burn through some vocab that have been giving me trouble. There’s a few that look too similar, or verbs with the same root kanji that end in る/す with different meanings that I need to lock down and get through. I also struggle a bit remembering the longer conjugations.
I’ve basically overloaded on material to help me study Japanese. I’ve been using the following for my studies:
Genki I and Genki II (I’m about 1/4 through Genki II now)
Subscription to BunPro (I think I’m farther along in BunPro than Genki II)
Tae Kim’s guide (I like a physical copy. I find it to be more down-to-Earth and easy to consume than Genki),
All About Particles: A Handbook of Japanese Function Words (this comes in handy for having examples of particles and more detailed / layman’s terms explanations of them)
italki - This one has been great because it’s allowed me to connect with Japanese users who wish to learn English. Many of whom text with me over Line, which dramatically has improved by ability to read and write in Japanese
JapanesePod101 - I’m a runner and I find these podcasts incredibly useful for helping me with my listening skills, but the other thing that helps a ton, is with a subscription you get a copy of the transcript for each individual podcast. Reading along has helped me tremendously. The hosts break down each word. Some of the Kanji / Vocab will be redundant to WK users, but the grammar points are excellent and they tend to offer a lot of real world examples. Some of their grammar points registered with me a lot better than reading Genki’s or TK’s explanations.
I’m also looking for some interesting reading if anyone has suggestions on level 30-40. I’m hoping to take it easy through these levels and really reinforce what I know. I had a few points in the 20’s where I wasn’t giving myself enough time (I travel a lot for work) to reinforce things I learned, and it definitely caught up to me logging into WK to find 400 reviews waiting, knocking those out after 2 hours or so, to find another 200 waiting for me that evening.
One other thing to note is that BunPro’s SRS is not even close to as refined as WK. I think for its current state it is still quite good, though.