Better mnemonic for middle (中)


#1

The lesson makes it looks like Chewbacca’s crossbow and thats fine. Since the On reading is chyuu (ちゅう). But its obviously two mouths (口) kissing and going Chuuu. I remember it a lot better with this way.


#2

Hey, careful with the autocorrect there.


#3

Not so sure it’s wise to think if it as two mouths since it’s drawn as one rectangle.


#4

I mean, one would have to know that the kissing sound is chuu to fully grasp the mnemonic you suggested, which isn’t the case for everyone. I certainly didn’t know about it when 中 was taught to me.


#5

I don’t really understand where exactly there are two mouths in this. I guess it just shows that it’s a more personal mnemonic than the one WK uses.


#6

Yeah, I do not get the chuu sound and the mouths either.


#7

I’m new(ish) to wanikani but have some exposure to the language as my wife of 14 years is Japanese. Is this kanji not usually pronounced なか?


#8

なか is a kunyomi while ちゅう is an onyomi. A kanji can have several readings. Jisho also lists うち and あた as kunyomi.


#9

I guess because it looks like two 口!口, but its obviously written with just one 口 and a line though it.


#10

Shouldn’t they also add the okurigana? 中る (あたる) same meaning as 当たる, with extra emphasis on hitting in the center. (I’m asking because I don’t really know Jisho)


#11

You’ll often come across examples where you’ll feel that you have a better personal mnemonic than the waninaki one. Use yours, you’ll remember it better!
I also didn’t use the same mnemonic for middle. Mine was this is the train track going through the middle of the square, and the train goes Chuu!


#12

Yeah, the okurigana was there too but I didn’t think it was relevant to the question and even risked confusing OP


#13

Ah, I see! Instead, I got confused :sweat_smile: