Reaching level 20 puts me 1/3 of the way through WaniKani's lesson plan.
Is the motivation still there?
Yes. If anything, I feel more like I should be checking in and reviewing words more often. I got my mojo back!
It's now pretty much 6 months since I got here. I expected to be further along with this by now - maybe closer to level 30. There have been days when I haven't even logged into WaniKani, let alone checked my reviews.
But I guess that means I'm having fun.
Last time, I mentioned possibly starting to take private lessons. I haven't done that. My speaking confidence has gone back up a bit. Part of that's down to starting a job search here. I've managed 2 (soon to be 3) recruiter interviews so far without floundering around for the right words.
Level 5 still seemed simple. Levels 11-18 threw up some kanji and words I didn't know - and I felt good about that. I felt challenged by that. Level 20 so far has been mostly things I'm familiar with again. And it's something of a relief after so many tough levels.
The impact of the difficulty I found with previous levels is still visible. I'm lucky to hit 90% on a review now. A marked drop from back when 99% felt offensively simple to achieve. Most of my issues are with kanji that look similar.
Names of radicals remain just as wacky. I've learnt the 'boob grave' radical this level, for example. It's the 'boob' radical on top of the 'grave' radical. Makes sense...
What's been unlocked - and what's still to come
By my reckoning, I've now covered almost 700 kanji. That makes 1,300 of the Joyo Kanji left to go. Seeing as I'm a third of the way through, that sounds about right.
Those 20 levels have also introduced over 2,000 bits and pieces of vocab.
I can't remember if I'd started 'burning' words back at level 11. It happens when you get a word or phrase right so many times in a row. Once something's been burned, it never appears in a review again. They start to snowball as you get going - my burn list has over 750 things on it.
Where does the time go?
I think I posted about reaching level 11 over the summer. Covering a further 9 levels has taken over 4 months. Progress isn't that much slower than before, all told, but it sure feels like it.
Being busier, sleeping more and spending days at a time away from my desk have all affected my progress. If I thought logging in to slog through 150 reviews was bad, over 200 is a nightmare.
To make WaniKani work for you, I reckon you've got to be more disciplined than I am right now. I've started getting back into the habit of checking in and doing reviews first thing. It's the only way to make decent progress.