Day 2: The Challenge Begins
You are right, it is じょ, not じょう.
楽「らく」comfort. While I recognize the kanji as meaning ‘comfort’, the explanation for the reading is related to its constituents as opposed to the meaning of the kanji itself. Another reading for this kanji is がく. In both cases I’d need a good story to remember the reading.
Resting on a rack is the definition of comfort maybe. It’s ridiculous but it might stick.
反「はん」That story works for me, Han solo being the anti-hero is a good one. The stool also looks like the letter ‘a’ so it’s useful to remember anti as well.
点く「つく」to be lit. I had trouble with this one. It doesn’t show up when I type it up for one thing. If something is ‘lit’ in slang then something is ‘too cool’つく!
向こう「むこう」The reading I can remember since it’s nothing new 向＝む. The issue lies in remembering what it means. I have a tendency to associate it ending with う as a verb which is not the case. I guess I expected ‘over there’ to something using ここ、そこ、あそこ etc…
出来上がる【できあがる】I keep forgetting this one. The explanation of ‘rise’ + ‘to be able to’ doesn’t make a whole lot of sense to me. I think this one I’ll need to learn through rote. You rise once you can do something, remember brain!
思い出【おもいで】a memory. A lot of words mean ‘think’ in Japanese, I’ll need to take some time to parse them and figure out which one is used in which context. I was always under the impression that 思 had the connotation of ‘remembering’ something. The mnemonic for this one is good, I should be ok.
向ける【むける】to turn towards, verb. The reading is ok, the meaning is tripping me up. I think I sometimes get fuzzy with 向こう meaning over there. Of course one is a verb the other one isn’t so it should be enough to distinguish them in my head. There’s also turn toward somewhere else if I recall correctly.
当たり前【あたりまえ】sometimes, I want to go too fast instead of taking the time to study the word. This is one example. This one and ‘material’ actually.
“You’ve seen how 当たり means success. If you’ve experienced success before, everything after that seems to be pretty obvious.”
Say what? So 当たり means ‘success’, yes. The second sentence makes no sense to me. If you’re experienced success before, everything after is pretty obvious… In the sense that once you’ve managed to do something it obvious once you’ve done it? What’s ‘everything’? Also, 前 as a kanji means ‘before’, not ‘after’. By ‘obvious’ the alternate meaning is referred here as opposed to the primary meaning of ‘natural’. I don’t understand the meaning of that sentence.
生地【きじ】ah good old ‘material’. ‘Life comes out of the earth’ makes sense as material as in chemical components. Everything is made of something. The readings are: kun’yomi for 生 and on’yomi for 地.
Regarding the drawings, they help tremendously. I didn’t miss a radical once after I drew them.
I’m feeling secure about both radicals and kanji for this level. I don’t know if missing vocabulary slows down level progression as there’s no indication that it does but vocabulary is the challenge for level 8. There are still 12 kanjis I haven’t previewed or familiarized myself with yet so we’ll see. This morning review was 100+ so I might end up waiting to preview tomorrow.