https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Astrocat707

Has anyone heard of WaniKani?

I recently began to use the site WaniKani to help learn Kanji. It teaches you radicals by using mnemonics and other ways to remember. I thought it was really clever, and I feel like I'll learn a lot from it.

I'm currently using the free version, which goes up to level 3, but even so I believe I will make a lot of progress.

Here's the link to any of those who want to give it a try: https://www.wanikani.com/

Note: Before using this site, make sure you know your Hiragana! It relies on your knowledge of Hiragana to help remember Kanji (you don't have to be a complete master or anything, just make sure you know how to sound them out).

June 12, 2019

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https://www.duolingo.com/profile/KCNfoster

I'm using WaniKani as well! I started about a month ago and just purchased the subscription. I've noticed I tend to struggle when the kanji reading is different from the vocabulary reading of the same kanji and knowing when the readings stress a certain vowel or not...but, I still feel like it's a more effective and entertaining way to memorize kanji than my alternative (flashcards).

Side note: I just stumbled across BunPro which is a similar concept to WaniKani except with Japanese grammer for those who are interested. https://www.bunpro.jp/

June 13, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Djurze

There's definitely a learning curve to WaniKani, and your problems with differentiating between kanji and vocabulary readings will most likely decrease a lot if you keep using the service.

June 13, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/LuisRolando3

I'm using both at the moment. I've been using Wanikani for about 2 years now, and BunPro for less than a year. They make it easier and funnier to learn the difficult parts of the Japanese language

August 28, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Jonah..

I've tried Wanikani before. I thought it was alright. could be better though....

June 13, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/WhirlyGig

I've never heard of Wanikani before, but it sounds like just the thing i've been looking for! I've been looking for a way to learn radicals for AGES! Oh, i'm a little excited now... thank you for introducing me to this!

June 13, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Astrocat707

I'm glad to hear that I've helped someone else find it!

June 13, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Astrocat707

Also, what makes WaniKani so special is that it doesn't let you cram a bunch in and then forget it later. It spaces out lessons and reviews to help long term memory.

June 12, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Djurze

WaniKani is a pretty great service for learning kanji, just know it takes maybe a couple weeks to really get into the rhytm of it (The lack of things to do in the beginning will seem like a blessing when you have several hundred reviews you need to do in a day later on)

Tofugu also has guides to learn how to read hiragana and katakana on their website here: https://www.tofugu.com/learn-japanese/

June 12, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Astrocat707

Thank you, I will look into Tofugu!

June 13, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Hi_Hopes_2

It's great to hear your opinion on the site. it seems really helpful and I hear from lots of people how good it is. I'll check it out once I ace Hiragana.

p.s. The note really helped cuz I was just about jump right on the website.

June 12, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/baekayeon22

Yep, I use WaniKani ^^

I'm on Level 9 atm and it's put me miles ahead of the rest of my Japanese class.

June 13, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Faisane

I'm at level 9 too! Even with daily practice, it has taken me about six months - I'm much slower than I thought I'd be. Still, I like the site a lot, and I really like the spaced repetition - that way, I really learn the material.

June 13, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/draxle3

WaniKani is great for what it is. It takes over your life if you don't keep up though o.o At one point I had over 700 ready for review at once because I accidentally missed a a day or two.

June 13, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/cypke

Yeah I've heard of it for the first time about a week ago. And was looking for a 50% off code just now, but haven't found it sadly. And now I noticed this thread, so maybe someone here knows if it still exists.

June 13, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Kalamisanos

They offer the lifetime subscription for 50% every Christmas or New Year's for a couple of weeks.

June 13, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Faisane

Knowing what I know now, I think lifetime is the way to go. I had initially thought I could do the whole thing in a year but... that will not happen.

June 13, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Djurze

Even if you manage to do it as quickly as possible (Which is difficult, and takes a lot of work) you need a minimum of 1 year and 11 months i think. But getting a lifetime during the christmas sale is what I would recommend, so that you can take your sweet time with it.

June 13, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Faisane

Also, even if I managed to go through the entire course, I am sure that I would eventually forget some of the items again, so with a lifetime subscription that would be no big deal.

June 13, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Djurze

Also they'll do a partial refund if you get a one year subscription now, and then switch to the lifetime one during the sale (I think at least)

June 13, 2019
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