What resources you use to study daily?

Hey guys!

Topic says it all, I am just curious to see what resources people use daily when studying Japanese and around how long they spend on each resource. I am in full time education and have two part time jobs so learning is quite difficult sometimes and I feel that I am cramming knowledge in and it feels to fragmented to remember.

If I have a solid guideline of what to use each day that would make life a lot easier, because I have kinda been jumping between different apps and resources recently. Thanks!

My resources daily -

WaniKani - 30-45 minutes (10-15 lessons, all reviews completed)
KaniWani - 10 minutes (Recapping what I’ve learnt previously and going from ENG-JAP)
LingoDeer - Around 15 minutes a day (Vocab and Sentences)
Misa Ammo Grammar Playlist - 1 Video a Day

  • For immersion +
    Normally an episode or two of an anime I’m watching to finish off the night - currently watching Haikyu!!
    I occasionally watch a few Japanese gaming youtubers
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Your routine looks quite well balanced to me.

Sounds like you’re pretty busy, so you may want to focus on things that you can do throughout the day. Like the WK cellphone app to to reviews when you’re walking between classes or similar, and maybe a podcast that you can listen to on your phone when commuting.

I think the JPOD101 podcasts are a pretty good way to start getting into grammar. I’d recommend even slowing down on the WK a bit and make sure you’re getting a little grammar here and there.

As for my routine, the only things I am doing religiously every day are these:

  • WaniKani: Finish all reviews (about 100/day) and do 5 new lessons
  • Anki (four active decks): Finish all reviews (about 100/day total) and 5-10 new lessons

On top of this, I average about two or three hours a week of reading, and about two or three hours a week of listening. I pick up a lot of grammar this way, because I look up grammar points I don’t understand, and also because a lot of the material I am reading is discussion of Japanese grammar which is written in Japanese.


I use Lingodeer, Wanikani and Japanese for busy people.


Wanikani and Kaniwani are currently the resources I use daily. The rest of my “study time” is dedicated to consuming native material (light novels, manga, games and visual novels), while looking up what I don’t know in a J-J dictionary.

I’m about to finish WK too, then I’ll go back and finish Tobira (there’s 2 chapters left, I think).

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same as this + my anki deck with sentences (J-J)

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There aren’t many resources that I use every day other than WaniKani.

Almost every day I have a few hours of conversation practice and a few hours of watching TV.


I read NHK news and listen to the NHK news podcast. I usually pick out about five words that I don’t know and add them to my anki deck along with the sentence they came from. I drop in to wanikani to work on my kanji a few times a day.

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I don’t necessarily do all of this every day, but several things, so I can also vary what I’m doing to study. It helps keep me motivated if I can switch one thing out for another if I really can’t focus on it that day. Only WK is every day, in combination with some of these:

  • Currently refreshing my katakana on Memrise
  • The grammar book Unlocking Japanese in conjunction with the author’s Youtube page - KawaJapa CureDolly (I was almost startled away by the voice filter and visuals, too, but try at least a full lesson or two to judge the content if you check it out). I take lesson notes by hand and later transcribe into a big Google Doc so that I cover everything twice
  • KaniWani/KameSame
  • HouHou to look up words while using Japanese Graded Readers, and add them to SRS
  • Listening to Japanese audiobook for Harry Potter 1 while reading along in the Japanese version, also looking up words to add to study decks with HouHou
  • Watch Japanese-only youtube channels
  • NHK Easy/ the TangoRisto app for Android
  • The apps Kanji Tree and Kanji of the Day (KanjiOTD)

Good luck! Combining Japanese with such a busy schedule must not be easy.


For now what I’m doing is:

.WK, 10 lessons plus all reviews (including the 4 hour refresh of the ten lessons, 8 hour one if I’m up).

.KaniWani reviews, unlocking new levels once the apprentice items dissipate.

.Right now I’m picking up a fair bit of grammar and reinforcing my reading/writing skills by talking to natives, though this may not be a permanent thing.

.I’ve recently opened Genki up again and plan to read through it slowly.

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I do WaniKani daily as well as Rocket Languages Japanese (Reading, speaking, writing, listening, etc.). How much depends on time, but I do at least an hour each a day and usually much more. I also watch Japanese YouTube videos and watch a couple of TV programs. I’ll be ordering some graded readers soon, and have a co-worker I can practice speaking with.

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While having a routine it’s important, having a sustainable one it’s even more. For me the first months I was pushing it too much… to many lessons, daily grammar objectives, reading, listening… I wanted to cover all, which got seriously tiresome after 9-10 months. I don’t think I’ve skipped my japanase routine more than 3 days for the last year… which I don’t know if it’s something good or not really.:man_shrugging:

Having a very minimum to strive for every day it’s what I do every day now.

  • Zero my reviews every day in WK with 10 new lessons.
  • Anki vocab reviews and 10 new words.
  • Sentence mining routine with 10 new sentences

Then a regular week I’ll do a chapter of Japanese the Manga Way and watch the KawaJapa lesson of the week.
Besides that I like to read 2-3 stories of either a Graded Readers series or 10分で読める伝記 (native reading) aimed at 1-6th graders.

For immersion, Japanese Netflix it’s my main source of media. I binge during weekends watching テラスハウス of something similar. No english subs allowed :muscle:
During the week I play the audio of the same watched show over my MP3 player while commuting of doing iddle shores.

Reading it’s the activity that really allows me to see how much I’m progressing, since it’s really clear what kind of material I progressively am able to understand. Watching a show it’s great for improving audio comprehension, but it’s much more difficult to measure progress with it, so it’s not neccessarily the most reassuring activity when starting.

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I 100% agree with you there, I do feel that I need to focus on grammar more and cut down a bit on WaniKani due to my tight schedule. I didn’t know there was a WaniKani app so thats great news. =D I will be downloading it straight away.

I have never used Anki before so I’m going to research what it’s about and possibly start using that more often. Thanks!

+1 for Japanese Ammo w/ Misa. That channel has helped my understand some grammar points that I kinda knew but never understood. She’s so good at explaining things.


Daily I only use WK and KW. At least once I week, I’ll have a look at some grammar, and watch my occasional anime. But more than this would take away too much energy from work and the rest of life.

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I used to be this way, but discovered a couple of scripts I highly recommend:

  1. WaniKani Over-ride: Just like it sounds like, this app gives you the ability to ignore a wrong answer. I resisted this tool for a long time (and agree it can be tempting to mis-use), but I try and do my reviews quickly and got an occasional ‘wrong’ answer that wasn’t really wrong. For example, typing a synonym that wasn’t in the want kanji list of acceptable answers.

  2. Jitai: this one is great. It is a font randomizer that displays each of your Wani Kanji reviews using a randomly selected Japanese font. I found that before using this script, I would sometime not recognize kanji I knew that I encountered in the wild because they looked slightly different due to the font with which they were rendered. Jitai helped this a lot. Sure, it makes your reviews harder, but you can always click on the item and toggle it back and forth between the randomly chosen font and the original WK font.


Anki is similar to Wani Kani, but more general. Basically it is a flashcard program. You can download all sorts of premade decks for Japanese or other languages, or legal terms, or the capitals of all fifty states, or…you get the picture. You can also make your own decks containing vocabulary that you encounter in your studies. If you don’t know already, you can add あんき as your first word, meaning “memorization”.

The downside to Anki is that the interface is not as pretty as WK and it costs a whopping $25 if you want to use it on iPhone like I do. Otherwise it is free on the web (ankiweb.net) and on Android. If you have a cellphone, it’s a great way to sneak in reviews throughout the day.

But as I mentioned earlier, pace yourself on the flashcard programs like WK and Anki. Slow and consistent wins the race. And gives you time for grammar, etc. It seems a lot of people get wrapped up in doing reviews and end up getting unbalanced in their Japanese knowledge. (At least that’s what happened to a friend of mine. :wink: )


Just downloaded a deck called “Japanese Core 2000 Step 01 Listening Sentence Vocab + Images” so I guess I’ll get started with this and go from there. Making decks also sounds like a good idea for the future but right now I’ve still got to wrap my head around some grammar techniques first, thanks for your help and advice. ^-^

Things I use on a daily basis are:

  • WaniKani
  • KaniWani
  • Anki

Not daily but still frequently:

  • Kanji Study (App)

Kinda slacking off with Genki II and not proud of that, but I don’t feel like sitting down with a textbook at the moment… Meh.


I can related to how busy you are. When I was in university I worked full time and had a part time job at school, along with taking classes.

I used WaniKani everyday, tried to watch one video on Japanese grammar a day (even if I had seen it before), did Japanese homework and just watched anime.

Today I have more free time and use WankiKani, and different Japense materials I bought for studying. Currently using Tobira but almost finished and moving into Kanzen Master N2

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