Confusion with some of the reading mnemonics

This is why I don’t use reading mnemonics, only meaning mnemonics. I remember readings by their reading in a word I already know, or by using one of the radicals.

You will likely notice that many Kanji with the same radical have the same on’yomi. You can leverage that to not bother with mnemonics as well.

But if you are starting Japanese from scratch and you don’t know any words that use the Kanji you’re learning, then I guess just come up with your own mnemonic. I agree that the WK mnemonics are a stretch and a half most of the time…

EDIT: Here’s the script for the phonetic component blah blah [Userscript] Keisei 形声 Semantic-Phonetic Composition