Recently, I reached again my prior daily review “best streak” on iKnow. 583 days in a row doing reviews. And then…somehow…I missed reviewing on iKnow the very next day, so I wasn’t even able to beat my best streak before getting dropped back down to 0 days.
I may have mentioned before that I planned to drop iKnow if ever I broke my current streak. The main advantage to iKnow is that I was reviewing about five to ten words a day that I’d previously brute-forced my way through, then forgot because (at the time) I wasn’t reading yet. And now that the streak has been broken, I have finally uninstalled iKnow.
Since iKnow doesn’t have any way to do offline reviews (at least, not that ever worked for me), and it requires daily a “phone home” to the server to maintain one’s streak, it’s refreshing to not have the internet tether. (I previously lost my daily review streak going camping in the middle of nowhere with family for a few days.)
On the WaniKani side of things, I’m down to about 70 to 100 reviews per day. (Not certain exactly as userscripts aren’t working for me at the moment.) I have more vocabulary lessons pending, but I can’t seem to get my Apprentice below 45, so I’m holding off on those at the moment. Maybe I should do one per day?
Anki I’m down to about 30 to 50 reviews per day. (Quite a drop from ~250!) The main kanji + vocabulary I’m trying to learn there have all suspended as leeches in the past week, so I need to develop a way to actually learn them.
These low review numbers make me want to take on more lessons, but I want to have my daily reviews low when the book club for 「かがみの孤城」 starts up. I’ve been steadily reading it here and there for a while now, and I still haven’t finished what will be week one’s material…
The kanji and vocabulary I’m pre-learning for 「かがみの孤城」 that have been giving me trouble are:
- 俯く (kanji has ten appearances)
- 呟く (kanji has 61 appearances)
- 瞬く and 瞬き (kanji has 82 appearances)
- 頷く (kanji has 107 apperances)
I think I’m sensing a pattern here. Aside from all ending in 「く」, these words all have a three-furigana kanji. Maybe part of the problem has been trying to learn all four at once…
I’m also struggling with 洩らす, which is extra bad because I’m equally struggling with 漏らす in WaniKani that has the same reading and similar meaning…
Overall, it looks like my prospects of learning kanji outside of WaniKani are grim…
I think the main issue I’m facing is that in WaniKani, even though I don’t pay much attention to the mnemonics, the radical to kanji progression helps puts the components of the kanji in the spotlight. But for these other kanji I’ve been trying to brute-force memorize, I haven’t been doing that.
Maybe it’s time I give making a mnemonic a try. The simple act of doing so may make the kanji more memorable for me.
Meaning: to hang one’s head; to look down; to cast one’s eyes downward
It looks like this kanji is comprised of:
- 亻 (leader)
- 寸 (measurement)
- 广 (canopy)
“Sub” kanji found within this one:
Meaning mnemonic: “The leader measures the canopy his followers brought to him. The followers hang their head in shame because they bought the wrong size.”
Reading mnemonics have always been even worse for me. I typically get by on “I’ve heard this word spoken in anime before”, but that won’t help me for these words.
Maybe I should make sentence cards for sentences from 「かがみの孤城」, using audio from the audio book. Couldn’t hurt…right?
Meaning: to mutter; to murmur; to grumble
This kanji is comprised of:
- 口 (mouth)
- 玄 (mysterious) [level 48]
Meaning mnemonic: This one I can kind of work with (“muttering” = something mysterious from the mouth). I haven’t encountered 玄 yet on WaniKani, but I do have a kanji card for it in Anki due to it appearing in 玄関.
Reading mnemonic: I’m trying to figure if I can connect “two bulls yakking” about their problems, somehow. Guess just give it a try and see if it happens? (Except, now I want to go watch the “Twin Beaks” episode of Darkwing Duck…)
Vocabulary: 瞬き and 瞬く
- “to blink (one’s eyes); to wink; to bat”
- “to twinkle (e.g. stars); to flicker; to waver”
WaniKani actually teaches this one!
This kanji is comprised of:
- 目 (eye)
- 爪 (cleat)
- 冖 (forehead)
- 舛 (dance) [level 46: evening + cow]
(Because of course, since I came up with a reading mnemonic using bulls for the last one, this kanji’s radicals would involve a cow. I’m destined for confusion!)
WaniKani’s meaning mnemonic: “Your eye gets kicked with a cleat that came careening toward your forehead when it popped off someone doing a dance, and you blink.”
I suppose if I keep in mind that "dance" = "evening + cow", then...
(I never liked this cartoon, so the thought of Cow dancing in cleats, and one flying off and coming at me…)
To make things more difficult, this one is 瞬き and 瞬く, both of which appear in the novel. I realize that I don’t need to get the reading right when reading a novel that (mostly) has no furigana, but I still want to be able to read it right in my head as I go along.
WaniKani’s (瞬き) reading mnemonic: “A wink is all it takes to get the “Ma butter” (まばた) from the store. It’s hidden, and they only bring it out if you do the wink.”
I’m going to have to ponder on the readings for these two a bit…
Meaning: “to nod; to bow one’s head in assent; to agree”
Kanji is comprised of:
Meaning mnemonic: “To include yourself, use your head to nod in agreement.”
I’m iffy on a reading mnemonic for this one as well.