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10% through WaniKani!

Level 6! 10%!

I hit level 6 this morning. 10% of max level 60 is level 6! I can’t remember the last time I so eagerly anticipated an event. ! Well, I do eagerly anticipate the UPS truck coming with fun goodies, but a new WaniKani level is something that brings so much more. ūüôā

I knew going to bed last night that when I wake up (I usually sleep in late), I’d have 8 kanji to review and then I’d hit level 6. And I totally knew those kanji. So it was a very busy morning unlocking all the new stuff, and reviewing a ton of other stuff that hit.

Forum Addiction

I realize I am addicted to the WaniKani community forums. I have always been a “forum” person, and love learning from other people and such, but the first month I mostly lurked. Clicked on a topic if it intrigued me. Now I can’t stay away! Hitting the new level gave me so many lessons and reviews, but I kept rewarding myself every 10 lessons by obsessively checking the forums. I finally added a link straight to the forums to my Bookmark bar, and not buried in some sub bookmark folder.

I just wish they had private messages and sigs enabled. Oh well. Maybe one day I’ll find another active forum with some of my favorite features enabled.

Thank You WK Members!

A big thanks to @kumir~ for helping me find cool new tools and scripts! A big thanks to @alexbel~ for motivating myself and everyone in learning grammar and keeping us on track with Genki. (I’m leaving off part of their usernames for privacy reasons.) Thanks to everyone who likes kittehs and those who make scripts to make WK more enjoyable!

I started a new thread on posting everyone’s screenshots and what user script extensions they’re using. That will be one of my next posts, a detailed list of what I’m using, complete with screenshots of them in action.

Kanji Background

Kanji Wallpaper

Kanji Wallpaper

I’ve updated the Kanji background of my desktop to reflect level 6. Once I unlock all the kanji for this level, I’ll post the new kanji I’m learning.

Leveled up in WaniKani (4)

Hooray for me! I’ve reached Level 4 in WaniKani Kanji learning website! The free trial period ends after your first three levels, and you have to choose whether to continue (of course you Wana) subscribe. They offer plans by the Month, Year or Lifetime. I already opted for the Year subscription, I am hoping to learn most of it in just two years.

The first three levels are free, but it feels like you learn so much! It took me two weeks and three days to reach level 4.

They are even going to send me a little¬†present for giving WaniKani a try and making it to level 4! That was totally unexpected.¬†Here’s a tiny excerpt of the celebratory email I received:

  • Level 5:¬†97.50% of the kanji that Japanese 1st grade elementary students need to know, and¬†78.48% of the JLPT5 kanji (really, you’re almost here).
  • …..
  • Level 60:¬†84.78% of the ¬†kanji that Japanese 9th graders should know,¬†78.81% of the kanji found in JLPT 1, and¬†99.21% of the kanji found in Japanese books/ebooks.


I do love their motivational emails, starting right off the bat after your first hour with WaniKani. Those first few days can be tough (in terms of waiting for something to do); most users are so eager to learn, but they use a spaced repetition system (SRS) for most efficient learning. Have patience! Soon ¬†you’ll have lots to do!

WaniKani addons/extensions/scripts

You may notice on my screenshot above that it may not look like your WaniKani homepage, I’ve installed a few browser extensions. I added a Level Up notification, I think the first two levels I didn’t notice until I got the email. There is a handy Reviews Timeline, so you can arrange your day around learning WaniKani most optimally, haha. Last night I was worried because the slider was out a few days, and it wasn’t showing much on my review plate. Then this morning, I did one big batch of reviews and BAM. Hit level 4. You can see it automatically gave me 89 lessons!

I’ll list my favorite WaniKani addons, but for now I’ll leave you with my updated screenshot of Kanji I’m learning! Feel free to click it to see more detail. And of course, I already updated my Level 4 Kanji I’m learning page!

WaniKani – start of level 4

If you’re using WaniKani, what level are you? Do you have any words of advice for a newbie¬†in the “Pleasant Level”?