It’s been a long time since we’ve posted something on the blog! Fear not, it’s almost entirely due to laziness. We’ve been doing a lot of little updates between now and the last time we posted, including but not limited to things like:
But there were some pretty big updates as well (hint: they’re mentioned in the title of this post).
Audio: We finished adding all the audio. Well, most of it at least. We’re going back and adding audio for items that were added after the original list was made, and that should be done soon. Anyways, now you can enjoy audio for 99% of vocab items!
Context Sentences: We added the capability to add context sentences in vocab. These sentences help you to understand how a word can be used. They are also somewhat interesting to read, so do enjoy them. We have only just started adding them in, but be on the lookout for them!
Parts Of Speech: Another much requested feature! The capability to add in “parts of speech” for vocab has been added and we will be adding this information in over time as well. If you see N/A it just means we haven’t gotten to that word yet.
Before we ignore the WaniKani blog for another six months, I just wanted to say thank you all for using WaniKani! We hope these improvements make your rumbly tummy feel better.
A SSL certificate for the site was purchased this week, which needs to be installed. The installation will happen on Dec 17 2013 11:00PM UTC/GMT (3:00 PM PST). This will be the first step in the process of moving the site over to strict SSL.
A side effect of this is the http://www.wanikani.com domain may temporarily not point to the server for up to a couple hours for some users; you may see an error page. Our cloud provider has some set up for SSL that requires us to point the www CNAME record to a different host. This change may be instant for some users, while others will have to wait until it propagates, which can take up to a couple hours.
If you are affected by this, you can try to facilitate the propagation by flushing your DNS cache. Instructions https://www.whatsmydns.net/flush-dns.html
As an alternative, if you have access to another machine, you may be able to access the site until your other machine gets an updated DNS record.
I know it sucks, but I believe this will benefit everyone for the long run.
Thanks for understanding.
Now that the giant new reviews update is up, it’s time to update the reviews summary. Viet took a lot of your feedback and implemented it into what you see here. We think it’s much easier to use and will allow you to take a look at the things you got wrong.
Speaking of which, just hover over anything you answered incorrectly. It will tell you the meaning / reading, which will allow you to try to remember it so you can get it correct next time. Or, just go through each incorrect item and try to answer it in your head to get yourself ready for the next session.
We’ve also broken things down a little better too. Inside of “Answered Correctly” and “Answered Incorrectly” you’ll see the updated level for each item. That way you know what got knocked down to apprentice.
I hope you enjoy the updates and I also hope they’re exceptionally useful for your studies! Viet is working on fixing some little bugs now after this, but then soon after he’ll have some more big updates to show off. Carry on, carry on.
Viet’s been spending a lot of time fixing a lot of littler things, so it’s been a while since the last big update, but boy did he outdo himself on this one. Of course, being a site that lets you review kanji / vocab, we want the most important section (reviews) to be fast. With so many new people joining and using WaniKani it was difficult to deal with growth. So, we tried something different, and now Client-Side reviews are ready for you to review on.
Put simply, “Client-Side” means that your own computer is processing the reviews. That means fewer “hellos” to our server, which means more speed for you. You’ll notice that once the reviews load, submitting an answer is near instantaneous. No waiting. Less frustration. Way more reviews.
Think about it this way: Before, it would take 2+ seconds to submit an answer. Now, you don’t have to wait. It keeps your momentum going and it helps you to get into a better rhythm. You’re saving time and you’re going to feel better too. You won’t believe how much of a difference it makes until you actually try it.
Anyways, that’s all for now. We hope you enjoy it and go to bed a little earlier now.
Probably the most common request on WaniKani from the last millennia or two, Viet added forum search. So now instead of asking things like “can we get forum search?” or “Why isn’t there forum search?” you can say things like “huh, okay, now I don’t know what to search for” or “Why does level 1 take so long?” (without actually using the search before posting your level 1 slowness request).
Forum search is very simple at the moment, with improvements in mind for the future. So, go ahead and look deep into the past. Where was that meme post again? Oh, thank you search, there it is.
In terms of radicals, kanji, and vocabulary that have been “Guru’d,” we now have a million of them. We’re still in closed beta, which means we’ve been limiting how many people can use WaniKani, so those of you who are part of the inner Crabigator circle have been studying quite a bit.
Just a congratulations to all of you for putting so many things inside of your throbby brains. Looking forward to the next 9 million or so, then we’ll probably request that you quit learning so much and calm down already.
More product updates coming soon. We just got back from a month in Japan, so it’s time to get back into the swing of things… just as soon as this jet lag wears off :(
It only took you folks 24 hours to start making things with the API. The Crabigator is very pleased. I just wanted to highlight the ones that are out there right now since we don’t (yet) have a way to feature or show off the things you’ve made. Soon… soon.
WaniKani OSX Notifier:
This native OSX app will let you know when you have reviews to do. Of course, the notification is awesome (♬♪REVIEW TIME), and it is very helpful if you want to catch your reviews as soon as they’re ready. Future versions will include the ability to choose a minimum number of reviews before getting notified as well as the option to not get review notifications all the time. I use it to make sure you people don’t catch up to me too fast… but then again you can use it to catch up to me faster. OH NO WHAT HAVE YOU DONE?
Yet Another Chrome Extension:
This is a work in progress that will take the kanji that you know and highlight it on screen in your browser. So, if you’re reading something in Japanese it will tell you what kanji you’ve learned on WaniKani, giving you an idea of how far you still have to go. I look forward to seeing this one when it’s further along. Would be a lot of fun to see what kanji I’ve learned!
WaniKani + Geektool:
Geektool is an app on OSX that lets you put information on your desktop. So, with this you can add how many reviews / lessons you have plus how long until your next review. This way you can have WaniKani data right on top of your WaniKani desktop wallpaper. Obviously awesome.
WaniKanify is a Chrome extension that takes the vocab you’ve learned on WaniKani, compares them to English text in your browser, and replaces them with the Japanese vocab version. This is an awesome way to study your vocab all the time without having to really think about it. It can be set to always be there. I’ve found it’s just perfect too. It doesn’t take over too much so you aren’t slowed down but I also feel like I’m solidifying a lot of vocab while using it.
WK Real Numbers:
This userscript replaces the 42+ with actual numbers on WaniKani.com. So, if you’ve always been curious about how many reviews you actually have, this is one way to do it. Be careful, though… sometimes it’s better not to know. You know who you are.
We’ll eventually have a page up to highlight the things you make, too. If you’d like to join the Community Github for WaniKani, just contact Viet. Only stipulation for this is that your app must be open source to join the group.
But, I hope you find something cool here that you can use! Or, maybe some inspiration to build your own little apps to make WaniKani better for you and everyone else? Which apps are your favorite?
Wow! What a big slew of updates. Or, maybe they’ve happened over the last week and we just never got around to writing about them. Who knows? I don’t.
The fact of the matter is, though: many updates.
First off, 5 new levels have been added. That means a new section has opened up too: “DEATH.” It may sound bad, but just remember that there are two more sections coming after this, so apparently it gets worse. Anyways, 5 new levels for those of you who were closing in on level 20. Now you have until level 25 (that is until next month, anyways).
Second, the design of WaniKani has been updated. Did you notice? It’s pretty snazzy now. We took a lot of suggestions from you guys and put it into the design. New things include a way for us to put alerts on your dashboard, information on how many reviews are coming in the next hour / next day, as well as a breakdown of what you’ve guru’d, mastered, enlightened, etc. We’ve also added a new section: “burned.” This is for when you really know an item. Once something is burned it won’t show up in your reviews anymore unless you unburn it. Last, we added a “community” section. This isn’t very busy right now, but we hope in the future to start adding “community” features here that will help you to learn kanji / vocab even better.
Third, (and this is the best one), we added an API! Wutttt? This means you can make apps that have to do with WaniKani. For example, you could use the API to build an iPhone app that tells you when you have new reviews. Or, you could build something that suggests “enlightened” items you should use in your other studies (like on Lang-8, or something). Although the API is fairly simple now, we really look forward to seeing what you guys build! FINALLY, your wish to be able to see how many reviews you actually have is possible now (not 42+!), you just have to build it.
That’s about it for the updates for now, so go back to your 42+ reviews so you can hurry up and get to the DEATH section and truly learn what it means to study kanji.
Are you constantly hitting refresh on WaniKani so you can inject the crack cocaine that is your lesson reviews? Kaerigan made a Chrome extension that will notify you if you have any reviews to be done!
Download Wanikani Notifier for Chrome
I’ve been using it for the last day and it’s pretty sweet, especially considering we haven’t even released an API yet (it uses magic!). If people can do this sans an API, I can’t wait to see what you do with an API (iOS WaniKani Notifier app with push notifications pretty please!).
Ever have that one kanji or vocabulary word you couldn’t find on WaniKani? We’ve just made it a little easier for you. Now in the top menu bar area you can search for the items you’re looking for. It’s a very simple search, but does its job well.
When you type something into the search bar, it’ll show you the radicals, kanji, and vocab that contain your search term. It even orders the items within each category in a way that should put better results near the top. This is like Google 2.0, here.
To do your search, you’ll just need to click inside the search hole, type in your query, then hit enter. Down will slide all the results, ready for you to click on them.
There are a couple of limitations, though. The results only contain items that are currently up on WaniKani, so it’s not to be used like a dictionary. The search is for finding items you’ve studied, not to be used as a dictionary or something like that. Also, there’s no search up yet for smartphone sized devices. Tablets and computers are a-okay, though.
So, we hope you enjoy search. Let us know in the forums if anything breaks on you. It’s not going to be perfect, but I think it is simple and easy to use, which is what we usually go for when adding anything to the great Crabigator. Happy searching!