日 vocab kanji

Not much more than a slight question as to why this particular kanji does not shake when you put in it’s other forms when compared to kanji in similar situations.

I often type "か” as an instinct, and it is always counted as incorrect rather than a shake. I know it is "ひ,” but at least give a shake saying like “vocabulary form” instead of an instant wrong. It just feels inconsistent. for comparison, you can type in うえ for 上 and there is a nice shake and it asks you for the kanji name, or ねん for 年 when it asks for it’s vocabulary.

Anyway, end of my little rant. I hope that it gets changed to be more consistent.

My understanding was that shaking was just for kanji (pink) items, because in that instance it’s not a wrong answer.

But it’s been a while since I used the site, so maybe they’ve been changing things.

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Hey there! I believe this is because 日 is never read as か when it is alone, only as a suffix.

If Wanikani were to have a purple vocab card for 〜日, then か might be an acceptable answer, but as a standalone, it can’t be read as か.

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From my understanding of the system, @squigamaloosh has it right. The shake is for when there is another technically correct reading of the kanji, but you have to remember that ‘reading’ kind of refers to two different things here.

Yes, reading means how we physically read and pronounce the kanji, but it also refers to the specific ‘readings’ that kanji has depending on whether it stands alone or with another kanji. In the case of 日, you have ひ and にち. And when WK is asking for the ‘reading’, it’s asking for that second meaning that refers to specific readings, rather than the first (which is just ‘how do I read this’).

It can be kind of a hard difference to remember at first and it certainly makes giving the correct answer more difficult, but as you get accustomed to the difference it can actually help you with predicting the reading of the same kanji in when you see it in a new word. (Or at least it’s helped me to do so.)

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