Hi All! As I start to get more seriously into the beast that is Wanikani (enlightened my first item today, yay!) and spend a bit of time in the forums, I’m noticing a couple things.
First, that there seem to be two different groups of people using WK- those with decent previous Japanese knowledge, and those without. I feel like the learning strategies might differ slightly between those two groups, as those with previous knowledge are trying to fill gaps and line symbols up with words they already know, while the second group are trying to combine unknown symbols to new sounds. I’m definitely in the second category (should have seen me this morning, dancing around my kitchen singing Cha-Cha-Cha! at the top of my lungs so I can remember the sound for 茶…)
So I think there is an additional challenge that everyone faces, but especially those of us with no Japanese verbal background, in trying to recognize and recall words in conversation. Even at level 7, I can now mostly recognize the better part of ~1000 symbols or words. But ask me to say a word without the kanji to guide me? I’m like a deer in the headlights.
So I’m wondering what strategies other folks are using. I looked at Kamesame and at first it seemed great, but it asks for the Kanji solution each time! It means that instead of focusing on listening and recognizing, I’m spending 9/10 of my time flipping through a list of “see more options” kanji until I see the one I recognize. Which isn’t the verbal focus I want.
Does anyone know of a way (script, different program, whatever) to make Kamesame or something similar hiragana only so I can focus on recognizing and recalling sounds?