I know I’m probably beating a dead horse by starting this topic, but I can’t be alone. WTF is going on with soooo many different readings and how the heck do you remember what’s what? I know the mnemonics are supposed to help with that, and there are some general rules to try and narrow it down, but in the end am I right in assuming it boils down mostly to repetition and memorization?
I have read so many different websites by this point and even textbooks on the difference between on’yomi and kun’yumi, yet I am still perplexed. Somehow, I’m on level 7 and still haven’t fully grasped the concept. Am I alone? Does anyone have any suggestions for breaking it down, or websites that explain it for people with thick skulls? How do you not mix and match readings and end up with words that simply don’t exist?
For example, I must have tried to read the Kanji 名曲 as なきょく instead of めいきょく at least three different times. This is just one example, but I’m always crossing over the wrong readings, or using kun’yomi when I should be reading on’yomi and vice versa. I know there are rules, but there are so many exceptions it’s hard to internalize them as reliable rules. I have no room to talk, being a native English speaker and all…but hey, that’s what I grew up!