直(ちょく)kanji mnemonic suggestion


#1

“eventually Tyson finds out. In his rage, he grabs you around the neck and chokes (ちょく) you. As he rattles you, you make a “jikijikijiki” (じき) noise as well.” (from Wanikani lesson)

I am aware that the mnemonics are being reworked, but I’m especially hoping for this one to be changed. As a person who has dealt with being violently choked in the past, it upset me during an activity that is normally my go-to calming thing.

And I really would rather not hear an excuse, like, “Well, now you’ll really remember it!” (which I will). It’s about as sad to me as using a mnemonic about rape. It doesn’t matter if it’s as ridiculous as a mnemonic about Micky Mouse raping you, it’s still inappropriate and potentially harmful to victims.

As a suggestion, maybe a new mnemonic could be about choking on food or something? Or maybe choking in surprise? Choking up (as in crying)? I’m not gonna lie, the word choke is as good as any for ちょく. Just maybe something that doesn’t remind me of pain that I’m trying to move on from.

I’m not mad at anyone, just surprised.


#2

How are any of those choking mnemonics better, if the premise is that choking victims will be traumatized by the mnemonic? Except for choking up, I guess.


#3

Choking up was my favorite one. I was trying to think of anything to separate it a little bit from the “losing consciousness because someone is choking you” part.


#4

(Also damn I could not get that kanji to look right. It keeps looking different depending on where I type it. Is it a font thing?)


#5

Looks fine to me. Are you using a mobile device that maybe uses Chinese fonts for Japanese text?

Also, just a heads up, 絞る (to strangle) is in level 25.


#6

How about you go “direct” to “choku-late” and if you don’t you get jittery ie “jikijiki”?

Not great I know. I just remember 直接 (ちょくせつ) for direct.

EDIT: You’re right. The kanji looks different on my Chromebook even when I copy/paste from WK or Jisho.


#7

Thank you :slight_smile:
It’s alright when you’re learning a word that’s literally about the topic. It would be silly to completely censor the vocabulary. It’s important to know! It’s just a little weird to see stuff pop up in places where it doesn’t need to be.

That might be the problem? I just started using the Google IME because it works better with Kaniwani, and I’ve never had this problem before. It might have something to do with that.


#8

I like it!


#9

You could also think of a “direct” flight. To do that they’ll need to take the “choku-s” away from the plane’s wheels.


#10


#11

Ouch? Please don’t make fun of me. I’m not angry or demanding anything. I’m just suggesting that in the next round of revisions they revise this one, as it seems like an easy thing to do. I’m not suggesting that no one discuss violent acts or censor any vocabulary. It just seemed silly that for a kanji with radicals of lion, eye, and cross the mnemonic would involve getting strangled. I was literally assaulted last week. I thought I was going to die.


#12

So next there will be someone who says the radical lion should be changed because his uncle was eaten by a lion. And another who says the radical cross is offensive to victims of the Crusades. And another who says the radical eye is offensive to people whose eye was stabbed by a pencil. Those are all violent acts too.


#13

@srpartlow I’m sorry that happened to you, it’s an awful situation. As far as changing the context of the mnemonic, not everyone is going to be happy with every explanation we come up with. Everyone has their own baggage, traumas, and issues they’re dealing with and unfortunately, we can’t cater to all of them. If the mnemonic upsets you, you’re welcome to create your own and use it in the notes section of the kanji page and ignore ours completely.

@plantron Please keep things civil. If you disagree with someone, that’s fine, but try to express yourself in a kinder way next time.


#14