Better Mnemonics for ふと and ふた readings?

This is my first post on the forums so sorry if it’s repetitive or not in the right place.

Does anyone have a better mnemonic for these types of readings? WK seems to use FOOT for both ふとand ふた and I keep getting them mixed up. It’s particularly frustrating because I know what the words mean and can visualize the entire mnemonic but can’t tell if it ends with O or A.

IE: 太 is ふとい
and 二人 is ふたり

Thanks All.


Fortunately, these are both fairly uncommon readings, and I’m pretty sure you’ll never see ふた anywhere* where it doesn’t mean “two” or “pair” or the like, which you will probably internalize quite quickly through common words like 二つ and 二人.
* Except for cases where the ふ and た come from different kanji, as in 負担.

For 太い, you might imagine that somebody is fat because they never get out of their futon.


Welcome to level 4 :slight_smile: I just got here too. I had not really used one for the lower numbers as they were so random but how about…

ふと someone so fat they can only just see the と (in my case big show from WWE in a Tai Dai shirt)

ふつ foot in a suit?

ふた that famous computer console used by all feet the foot ari


@mods what do you think of OP point?


I think between this reply and JarJar1027’s reply that will help me straighten these out for now. That Futon style of mnemonic (spelling it out) really seems to work for me.



I think between this and Kutsushokunin’s reply that will help me straighten these out for now. I really like the footari mnemonic.


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I’m fat, so just think think of me when you think of 太い, if that helps! :rofl: :+1:

Seriously though, I hear it all the time from Japanese people (almost no one is shy about this!) so I can’t even imagine not knowing or forgetting that word. Counterintuitively, the absolutely casual manner in which friends and acquaintances will say that has kind of desensitized me to being offended, even in English; it’s just a matter of fact – another unexpectedly refreshing aspect of Japanese culture. :laughing:

ふた, on the other hand, is 蓋, a lid, both for pots and many other (often surprising, e.g. 瘡蓋) things. You probably haven’t gotten to that one yet, but it’s really common and useful to know, and I’d say easier to remember than ふた from counting (which is a whole other can of worms). Cheers! :slight_smile:

Thanks for bringing this up, I’ll relay the info to our content team to see if they’d like to change it.

Thanks for the ping!

Hey again! I wanted to update you to let you know we took a look at your suggestion and agreed we should have different mnemonic words to represent ふと and ふた. We’ve now updated the following vocab items: 二つ, 太い, 太る, and 再び. Thanks for bringing it up!


蓋 isn’t included in Wanikani?