I love the example sentences when you are learning the vocab and how they are translated conversationally. But I do have question about this translation:
My stomach hasn’t been feeling well this month.
Does this mean in a nervous/anxious way? Since it translates to something like “butterflies aren’t good.” Kind of like the expression “I have butterflies in my stomach.” Are tummy butterflies more of a negative feeling in Japan? Google hasn’t been much of help unfortunately.
Yeah, it’s a common complaint, because sentences are difficult to parse like that. The other ちょう, in ちょう子, is 調子, which is also confusing when they do the split word thing. Especially since even though a level 3 users knows 子, it’s not clear what it means in that word to someone who is just starting.
I mean, sure. In my opinion, the proper solution would be to include full kanji for everything and make the furigana dynamic based on what the user has actually learned (level / guru’d kanji for the user, not level of the sentence). Meaning the furigana usage would change as you level up, even for older sentences.
That is certainly much more work than static text. But I think it would be a significant enough improvement that it would likely be worth the time.
It would definitely. Not to mention that they’re spending time rewriting the example sentences right now. Doing it in hiragana must be a lot more of a mess for the team. The perfect way would suck time to the development team, but save time to the team writing the example sentences. I guess the later is what takes more in terms of time and resources… so yeah I don’t get it xD
They would go from barely anyone checking the example sentences to almost everyone giving them an actual read. It would also help making Wanikani even more unique to its users, which would be another big advantage against learning tools like RTK, etc.
The dev team would probably have to build the infrastructure for setting furigana in the sentences, but then the content team could do the rest. (That’s my assumption at least.)
Yep. I almost never read the sentences right now, but I’d definitely read them more if there was less barrier to entry. Right now I still don’t like them because they are weird, but at least the kanji isn’t an issue anymore.