I'm finally - finally - at level 30 on WaniKani, which is halfway through the app's levels at least. Reviewing everything is going to take a bit longer.
Feels like another good time to catch up on what I've done.
Putting what I know to work
So WaniKani's website says you can do the whole thing in just under a year. I'm into my 2nd year of this now - got my subscription renewal last week.
That means, at the rate I'm going, it'll take me just over 2 years instead. If it does slip into that 3rd year, I'll regret not buying the lifetime subscription.
I feel like anyone who manages to complete all 60 levels in a year is glued to their computer. You'd have to be hot on doing reviews exactly when they're due.
Finding time to catch up is less of a problem for me now. I started doing them during my lunch break at work. Hey, with access to a computer, why the hell not. Harder on days when I have over 200 words to review...
Is it getting easier yet?
Okay, so I've dragged myself back up from a long stretch of getting less than 80% on reviews. There's no chance of scoring a 99% or 100% again for a long time.
I did a review shortly before writing this, and got 88%. The one before that was 85%. It could be so, so much worse. The dark days of 65% should be behind me...
The names of radicals are also getting more ridiculous. We've had 'waiter', 'cow god', 'lineage', and 'joker'. Come back, Geoduck, all is forgiven.
Aiming for the next JLPT level
The halfway point in WaniKani should be a nice, round 1,000 kanji down. Which is enough to take on the N2 level of the JLPT. And the next chance to do that's over the summer.
Having a 'proper' aim is nice. More than 'get this next level done, and the next one, and the next'.
N2 will also be a bigger milestone than N3, because it's a level that implies more substantial ability. And I think I've come a long way since I passed N3 back in 2013.
Slow and steady wins the race?
Checking my past posts, it's taken me the same amount of time to cover levels 20-30 as it did from 10-20. It felt quicker, but apparently not. I haven't been going slower, that's something. And I took a week or so off while I was travelling around. 'Holiday Mode' is a real useful feature.
Recently I've been mentioning WaniKani to people, and a sticking point is the lack of a 'skip this bit' option. I found that when I was starting out, too - the earliest levels were almost too easy. If I'd been able to jump in at, say, level 12, think where I'd be now.
Once all the levels are done, I've got no idea how long all the reviews take. With 2,000+ words on the 'burned' list and counting, catch-ups aren't snowballing - which is a relief.