Discovering my love for language through WK

lol, I saw the long post and thought “My god…what did I say??”


Are you also looking forward to words like 支度 ? “Branch degree” and means preparation :smiley:

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支 stool + cross? 度 stool + slide?+ lid + I don’t know the radical in the middle.

The Kanji at level two are pretty easy and not very complex, it’ll be interesting to see how I manage when I get to ones like 度 :slight_smile:.

Ah, I don’t mean the complexity of the individual Kanji, but the fact that many compounds are not as logical as 火山.


My brain loves logical things, so that might take me a bit longer to wrap my head around then! As long as I can understand the meaning of the Kanji I’m sure SRS will take care of the rest though!

My short term memory is SOOO bad I will literally complete a lesson of five items, then when the quiz comes I’m like “errrmm…” I’ll usually get 4/5 though, the mnemonics help a lot, I end up remembering all of the mnemonics :laughing:.

Thanks for the heads up!

I’m also a bit confused as to when to use On’yomi vs Kun’yomi and what Jukugo? means (I think it’s just two words together like 大人 adult but i’m not 100% sure.) Also does Jukugo use On’yomi vs Kun’yomi etc etc, these are all like “meta?” things I need to learn to improve my experience anyway :slight_smile:.

As a level 26 is this something you’ve got a better grasp of now? or did you work it all out early on, I’m unsure if I should just leave it for now and keep focusing on the Kanji and Vocab.

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大人 is actually a type of reading called jukujikun.

Kunyomi refers to a native Japanese word applied to a single kanji.

Jukujikun is a native Japanese word applied to a group of kanji as a whole. Usually the kanji express the meaning. 大人 and 今日 are both jukujikun.


So jukujikun are words that I liked before which are really clear? Like fire + mountain → volcano, and big + person → adult.

I get that On’yomi is the original chinese reading, and Kun’yomi is the Japanese reading, for me though I’m like when is 大 たい / だい vs おお or when is 人 にん / じん vs ひと, same applies with any word since most have On’yomi / Kun’yomi readings yeah.

Is there a way to say “Oh in THIS situation it’s always a On’yomi” (such as the Kanji being alone with no Hiragana) or do you have to learn every case individually like たいした instead of it being おおした.

Edit: I might have to look up a list of jukujikun to try and get a better understanding :grin: i’m quite dense! sorry.

火山 is an onyomi reading.

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So jukujikun are neither On’yomi or Kun’yomi, they’re a unique beast of their own?

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Yes, jukujikun are a type of exceptional reading.

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Ok thank you, I’ll assume we just need to learn them each on a case-by-case then I think this did come up in my lesson before, but I still was a bit unsure about the whole On’yomi vs Kun’yomi thing, I’ll have to spend some extra time trying to focus on learning more about these things :hugs:.

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Yeah, I have that tradition. Along with the tradition playing the 人/生 guessing game and not remembering what is 連濁 and what isn’t.


Level three! :partying_face::partying_face::partying_face:

I believe I can complete the lessons I’ve unlocked (and get level 4?) before I subscribe.


Don’t forget, you can always create your own mnemonics should you need to. Everyone’s brain works differently and using stuff you know from your own life or shows and games you like will also help boost your memory.

Welcome to the circle of hell I currently inhabit. In my case with those, I’ll either rely on a specific mnemonic or memorise it to the point where certain incorrect readings start to sound “wrong” in my head. Sometimes I’ll just get lucky.
I already know the word “gaijin” means foreigner so when I see 外人 “outside person”, typing “gainin” or “gaihito” feels wrong. If that makes sense?

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Yeah I will definitely create some mnemonics if I find that WK fails me, but so far it hasn’t! (luckily).

As far as “Gaijin” goes, I can thank Fast and Furious Tokyo Drift for teaching me that one! :rofl: and also “Uwabaki” for slippers and “Okane” for money! :grin:

I think it’s ok to get these things wrong though, It’ll probably keep popping up especially with SRS then it’ll get drilled into our heads haha.

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Went for an afternoon nap and woke up to this!


That was pretty stressful, but it’s also probably normal since I’ve heard about keeping your apprentice items to under 100? or so, so I imagine this is a small number compared to some people.

Anyway I tried my best, made a few mistakes due to confusion mixing up words or just forgetting them, I do have the userscript that lets me ignore my answer but I only use it if I mistype something.

Not a bad result :grin: still got a way to go though since it was quite a challenge.


Decent! My accuracy is usually in the 80% bracket.



Some come straight to me like 王女 王子 王 女王 犬 子犬 etc these sort of “easy” ones I guess you could say.

I keep getting a bit confused with ~人 because I write じん or ひと but it’s にん. Also with 止 I keep putting しょう, 五日 I get confused “ごっか?” or ”いつか" or “いっか”? when it’s ごつか the fact it’s a big つ throws me off entirely honestly.

Most of the Kanji I got wrong I don’t feel so bad about, since I only studied them this morning, but the vocab I got wrong is slightly more annoying :sweat_smile:. I’m actually going to spend some time covering all of those incorrect answers I am dreading them next review so.

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I feel the same way about 花火, it’s 花, flower, and 火, fire, so it means fireworks :smiley:
It’s probably my current favorite word.


The ones where it’s 日 and a number took me AGES to learn. They stumped me for a while until I eventually had to come up with mnemonics for each of them. I finally remember them now, but I still trip up if I get a string of various kanji with 日 and I get into a pattern of にち, ひ, じつ then all of a sudden 五日 pops up and I type ごじつ without thinking!!