ロータス wrote:I have never used Wanikani but from what you wrote, it seems that they only let you do a set amount of kanji a day? You cant increase it? What amount is it set to? Not allowing you to increase the amount and study how you want seems like a way to get the most money out of you long term.
It starts out really slow, but from what I've read, it quickly gets to the point where you're begging it to stop. Most of the discussion I've read from people on higher levels is about stuff like avoiding burnout and strategies for managing the review queue. A common piece of advice I've seen is to avoid doing new lessons as long as you have 100+ items in the "apprentice" stage.
Wanikani consists of 60 levels. Most levels can be completed in a theoretical minimum of 6 days and 20 hours, while some levels can be completed in half that. So the theoretical minimum is around a year, but few people have come close to that. One person managed to complete it in only 368 days
, which is notable because of just how rare and insane that is. 1.5-2 years seems more realistic, and even that is better than most people do.
I doubt it's particularly profit motivated either, given that a) the free levels are incredibly slow, leading to a bad first impression, and b) they focus most of their marketing on buying "lifetime memberships" anyway. It seems like it's just a genuine belief that their fixed SRS timings are the most effective way to learn.