亅radical (barb)

i keep making mistakes on this one (just started few days ago). WaniKani tells me its barb which is not a very common word in English unless you say barbwire.

I checked some other dictionaries and they usually refer 亅 as a hook. Which is easier to be honest and exactly looks like a hook! :slight_smile:

Also 一 is referred as ground in here while many other resources say it is “one” And it is very similar to radicals like two and three… Whenever i see it in test i type “one” and get an error.

You can add synonyms so you get them correct in reviews but it may “break” the mnemonics for you. (the mnemonics won’t use your synonyms)

“Hook” is a separate radical.

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Oh thanks for the tip about adding synonyms.

Lots of things have barbs, though

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I can haz barb?

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The problem is WaniKani doesn’t care about dictionary radicals. Radicals here are building blocks that are named whatever the content creators deemed most effective. Whether that be something silly and memorable or simply the meaning of a kanji it resembles. It’s all for the sake of the mnemonics. For instance, if you call 一 ground, then you have an easier time incorporating it into the mnemonics.

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There’s a different radical called “hook” on WK.

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Here I had almost recovered from the trauma, and you guys gotta rip the scab right off that old wound…

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You could install tamper monkey and a script that lets you ignore an incorrect answer, answers that should be correct but isn’t a listed synonym or spelling mistakes. It can be very helpful in those cases.

It’s what I use since I’ve given up actively trying to remember the radical name WK uses. I just keep pressing the ignore answer button till I’ve got it right. Generally by the time it becomes guru I will remember it or at least recognise its shape.

While it might be tempting to ignore “ground” as the radical and just think of it as “one”, you will find that as you go through the levels, WaniKani will make you think of it as “ground” anyway as part of their mnemonics. Unless you have a very active imagination and can come up with your own modifications to all those mnemonics, try thinking of it as “one” when it’s a kanji or vocab on its own and “ground” when it’s incorporated into any other kanji :slight_smile: Give it a week and things will fit together more neatly!

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You can also call it “J”, which is what I did by adding the synonym. That way if you can’t remember barb, you have a fallback name

Thanks so much! I was tempted to start a duplicate post about the 小 radical grading me incorrectly for “little” and 日 grading me incorrectly for “day”. With synonyms I don’t have to keep getting things I know wrong!

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I HAD NEVER HEARD OF THE WORD BARB BEFORE WK.

THANKS WK, BUT NO THANKS!

Damn leech :unamused: It was my first :x

Prepare to learn a lot of new words, I guess?

Yeah, I guess so… Or at least some unusual ways of saying stuff. It’s never too late to improve my English D:

You had never heard of “barbed wire”?

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Nope :stuck_out_tongue: That movie was aired when I was 1 year old and I’m not a native English speaker xD

The song is cool though.

I doubt he means that thing literally.

This is barbed wire

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Ohhhh, that’s right! I made the connection just now :no_mouth: Barb… barbed… makes sense xD thanks !

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