木: an observation from a newbie

I was just doing my reviews, and realized: doesn’t 木 look a lot like 大 with the stick radical through it? a good mnemonic could be something like “a tree (木) is a big (大) stick.” that’s basically all, just thought it was interesting.

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Than there’s 本 (ほん/book), a tree that was cut with a line. (and made into a book…)

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WaniKani isn’t the be all end all. I make mnemonics for kanji all the time that WaniKani dosent have (Taekim’s grammar guide has some). I even change the mnemonics it does have sometimes to better suit me, WaniKani is a beautiful organized system, the characters in the story are fun, but its just an example of a useful method in memorization. So your observation is key to your own longterm memory, go with it if it helps!

I see what you mean, however, trouble for me is in breaking this kanji up into a ‘big’ and ‘stick’ radical is that is paints a poor picture for how the kanji should be written

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If you look at how the tree kanji is written, you’ll see that it’s not written the same as 大 at all, and it actually would make more sense to say it looked like it consisted of the 十 and ハ radicals. So I’d always personally be careful in teaching these types of things to new learners!

However, as @TheProfessor mentioned, WK isn’t an exhaustive resource. There are many ways to learn the kanji! And if it helps to remember it that way then do what helps you the most :grin:

However, I will always remain convinced that 骨 looks like a little skelly-boi already (look at those little arms, legs and ribcage with a skull on top!) so never bothered looking at the composition memonic for that one :joy:

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Haha I 100% agree that 骨 looks like a cute skeleton. Makes me want a game where all the graphics are kanji. Skeletons in the woods!

木ーー木ー木ー
ー木ー骨ーーー
ーーーーーーー
ー木ーー木骨骨
ー骨ーーーーー

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Good logic.
This is why stroke order can be significant.

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That sounded like an awesome idea, so I looked it up. Someone made one like that.

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