I Have Reached Enlightenment!

This is a major day in WaniKani for me! I have reached the “Enlightened” level on some of my terms. Just 10 Radicals, but Kanji will be following soon too! It took me exactly 7 weeks and 2 days to reach Enlightened. I also reached my 1000th Guru turtle! Yes, we call them turtles, and we want to burn the kanji on these turtle shells.

WK Enlightened

WK Enlightened

Level 8!

Also tonight I reached Level 8. Don’t worry, I am not going to celebrate every one of my 60 WaniKani levels, it’s just that getting to the next level “Enlightened” is special! And you’ll definitely see me post when I “Burn” my first items as well. ๐Ÿ™‚



WaniKani Stats

Below I’m sharing some WaniKani stats from a site called WaniKani Stats, featuringย very useful graphs to chart my progress.

SRS is the spaced-repetition system WaniKani uses – the learning technique that increased the intervals of time you review. There are a total of nine levels, split across the five groups below. Starting with Apprentice, your reviews will come within hours or a few days.ย The highest group, Burn, is when you can recall an item after 4 months.

  • Apprentice (3 intervals)
  • Guru (2 intervals)
  • Master (2 intervals)
  • Enlightened (1 interval)
  • Burned (1 interval)

SRS Total Breakdown

I only have a sliver of Enlightened, tons of Guru and Mastered, a few Apprentice for now, and no Burns yet. But I have only been at it for less then two months, I will get there!

Level Progression Time

This chart shows my average time to complete levels. Level 4-5 was when I was on Spring Break in Mexico for 10 days, I still worked on WK everyday, just not as fast as I do when I’m at home. Looks like my average level takes 8 days. If I keep up this pace, I’ll be done in about one year exactly – to Level 50. ย It’s okay if I take longer, I’m not racing for any reason.ย There are an extra 10 bonus levels, so it’ll definitely take me longer than a year to finish it all.


WaniKani Progress and JLPT Kanji Progress

This handy chart visually shows me my progress through the WaniKani program, as well as the JLPT levels.


More Progress Visuals

As you can see, I’m very far from the JLPT N1! But maybe soon I’ll be ready for N5. This chart can also show Joyo and Frequency charts.


What I’m Learning this Week

Since I’m using this as a document of my progress in learning, a weekly report on what I’m currently learning would be a great thing to add. ย I’d like to settle on a specific day to do this, but since the idea just occurred to me last night, I’ll start today!

Unfortunatelyย my dynamically-pulled Kanji data from WaniKani doesn’t work all the time in the blog, I’m just adding a static table to show the Kanji I’m working on. Oh, how I love technology! I’m working on 42 Kanji characters this week for Level 5 of WaniKani. The table below allows you to view, sort and page through the kanji.

Kanji I’m Learning This Week

From WaniKani

Total since I’ve started:

Radicals 141
Kanji 145
Vocabulary 321
Total 607

Currently starting to learn:

Kanji I'm Working On

่ฅฟwestใ›ใ„, ใ•ใ„ใซใ—
้›จrainใ†ใ‚ใ‚, ใ‚ใพ
ไบคmixใ“ใ†ใพใ˜, ใพ, ใ‹
ๆž—forest, woodsใ‚Šใ‚“ใฏใ‚„ใ—
ๅ›žtimes, revolveใ‹ใ„ใพใ‚.๏ผŠ
่กŒgoใ“ใ†, ใŽใ‚‡ใ†ใ„.ใ, ใŠใ“ใช.ใ†, ใ‚†.ใ
้‡Œhome village, home town, hometownใ‚Šใ•ใจ
้ŸณsoundใŠใ‚“ใŠใจ, ใญ
่‰ฒcolor, colourใ—ใ, ใ—ใ‚‡ใใ„ใ‚
่‡ชselfใ˜, ใ—
ๅ›ณdiagramใš, ใจใˆ, ใฏใ‹.ใ‚‹
็ฑณrice, americaในใ„, ใพใ„ใ“ใ‚
ๆฅcome, nextใ‚‰ใ„ใ.ใ‚‹
่ฟ‘near, closeใใ‚“, ใ“ใ‚“ใกใ‹.ใ„
ๅฝ“right, success, correctใจใ†ใ‚.ใŸใ‚‹
ๅคšmany, much, lots ofใŸใŠใŠ.ใ„
ๅฝขshape, appearance, formใ‘ใ„ใ‹ใŸ, ใ‹ใŸใก
่‰grass, weedใใ†ใใ•
่จ€sayใ’ใ‚“, ใ”ใ‚“ใ„.ใ†, ใ“ใจ
ๅ…‰sunlight, lightใ“ใ†ใฒใ‹ใ‚Š, ใฒใ‹.ใ‚‹
็พฝfeather, feathers, wing, wingsใ†ใฏใญ, ใฏ
ไฝœmakeใ•ใ, ใ•ใคใ.ใ‚‹
ๆฑ pondใกใ„ใ‘
ๅญฆstudy, learn, learningใŒใใพใช.ใถ
่€ƒthink, considerใ“ใ†ใ‹ใ‚“ใŒ
ๅผŸyounger brother, little brotherใ ใ„, ใง, ใฆใ„ใŠใจใ†ใจ
ไฝ•whatใ‹ใชใซ, ใชใ‚“
็ฉบskyใใ†ใใ‚‰, ใ‚, ใ‹ใ‚‰
่ง’angle, cornerใ‹ใใ‹ใฉ
้’blueใ›ใ„, ใ—ใ‚‡ใ†ใ‚ใŠ
Kanji I'm Working On - Level 5

I reinforce the Kanji I learn from WaniKani with a supplemental fan site called KaniWani which reverses the drills. Instead of being shown Kanji, I am shown the definition in English, and I write it in Japanese. More about that later. I also use an app called Kanji Drills on my phone a little bit each day.

Grammar (and more) I’m Learning this week

Just an aside, some of the grammar resources I’m using are still simultaneously teaching me hiragana and katakana. NihongoMaster has already taught me all the kana, and now they are slowly easing into Kanji, but most of the lessons are in kana yet.

From NihongoMaster.com

  • Verbsย ใ—ใพใ™ (to do), ใ—ใ”ใจใ—ใพใ™ (to work), ในใ‚“ใใ‚‡ใ†ใ—ใพใ™ (to study), ใใ†ใ˜ใ—ใพใ™ (to clean)
  • Particles ย ใ‚’, ใฎ,ย ใซ
  • Days of the Weeks

I can read a sentence like this: ย ็งใฏๅไบŒใ˜ใซใ”ใฏใ‚“ใ‚’ใŸในใพใ™ใ€‚(I will eat dinner at twelve o’clock.”

From YesJapan books and website

I bought almost all the YesJapan books – Japanese From Zero 1-3, still need to buy 4. I also just started Kanji From Zero 1. I’ll blog about these very soon!

From Japanese From Zero! 1 book and website

  • Possession (ใ‹ใฎใ˜ใ‚‡ใฏ ใซใ˜ใ‚…ใ†ใใ‚…ใ†ใ•ใ„ ใงใ™ใ€‚)
  • Colors and Adjectives (ใ‚ใŸใ—ใฎ ใใ‚‹ใพใฏ ใ—ใ‚ใจ ใใ‚ใจ ใ‚ใŠใงใ™ใ€‚)
  • Likes and Dislikes (ใ‚ใŸใ—ใฎ ใจใ‚‚ใ ใกใฏ ใ•ใ‹ใชใŒ ใ ใ„ใใ‚‰ใ„ใงใ™ใ€‚)

From Human Japanese App

I’m taking the descriptions of the chapters I’m reading right from their website.

  • Food – Introduces dozens of culinary vocabulary words, allaying any fears the reader might have about Japanese food.
  • Demonstratives – Teaches how to use sets of words like “this,” “that,” “that (over there),” and “which one?”, which always come in convenient four-packs.

Progress the Day I started

I have so many plans for this self language learning blog! I willย discuss the language learning tools that are helping me the most. But I alsoย will coverย some that didn’t quite work with my learning style, but might fit yours. I’ll post pictures and screenshots and maybe even short videos of my learning in action. You’ll learn my thoughts on what it’s like to learn the language at various stages. I’ll document my progress. Speaking of progress, I think one of my very first posts here should give you an idea of where I’m currently at. Here are some of the sentences I am able to read and write in hiragana/katakana.


Today is pleasant weather, isn’t it. (great for small talk!)


That is a cake. It is very tasty.


That cat is not my cat.ย (One of my first Kanji I learned is in there.)

By now you might be wondering what that big black block of weird characters up there might be. I’m not to the point where I can read anything of importance in terms of Kanji,ย that image shows my progress up to the day I started this blog, which was March 9, 2017.

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All the purple are ones I know fairly well, and the pink are characters I’m just beginning to learn. Hopefully next time I post a screenshot like this, I’ll have less grayed-out characters (adding more Kanji to my list)ย and a bigger array of colors (indicating my level of familiarity).

As for hiragana and katakana, I can read and write them fairly quickly, although every now and then I might mis-read one, especially if it’s a word I’m not familiar with. But of course the more I work with reading Japanese, the more accurate I’ll be.

For those of you also learning Japanese, what level areย you at?