Alright, so I am pretty new to learning Japanese. I’ve used books to learn hiragana and katakana, I’ve used Memrise decks for vocabulary until I finally stumbled upon WK. It’s been great so far but I feel like I am the only person struggling to read sentences, and I’m only on level 3! which apparently has the easier sentences on WK compared to the other levels.
First, I can’t really tell when I’m supposed to use KUN or ON when reading a sentence.
Second, I’m just lost lol.
Take for example the following example sentence when learning 太い (ふとい)…
Yamada’s eyebrows are very thick.
My issue isn’t the 太い, but the 山田さん… when learning 田, we’re taught “ta” and because i thought of the kanji reading for 山 rather than the vocab reading, I literally read that as Santa-San… then when I saw Yamada, I figured out oh they’re using the vocab but where the heck is the “da” coming from because both the kanji and vocab for rice field say “ta”?
this is just one example but there have been many times where i dont know how to attack the sentence. when do i use the kanji vs vocab reading when the kanji and reading are the same kanji but different readings? when do I use KUN vs ON? How do I avoid calling someone who’s name is Yamada-San, Santa-San? Halp! Lol. is this something you just magically figure out over time and with more reading practice?
Any feedback for a newbie is welcome and greatly appreciated.