Feedback and Tips for a beginner

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Answering your questions in sequence:

If the mnemonics aren’t helping you, take a few extra minutes during your lessons and/or reviews to come up with your own that help you more. You can add them directly into WK.

If the remembering hiragana is an issue then it sounds like you need to take some time to review it. Try writing or typing them out in kana table order from memory. Once you’ve done as many as you can make notes of ones you got wrong or ones you missed. Kana is the lynchpin here of going on to learn kanji and vocabulary so you need a strong base there.

Now as to knowing whether something on WK wants on’yomi or kun’yomi:

  • Vocabulary with a single kanji or kanji and hiragana = usually kun’yomi.
  • Single kanji (not vocabulary) or vocabulary with multiple kanji = usually kun’yomi.

In the wild? Pretty similar, I would say, but don’t worry about this at this stage.

I say usually though because exceptions are always going to exist.

Check this link for more information about on’yomi and kun’yomi.

This a mixture of allowing the SRS to do its job and paying attention during your lessons.

Here are some things I like to do when I come across tricky kanji.

  • Use this script to keep track of my leeches. If they become actual problems for me I handwrite them for later review. You could do that or you could review them on Anki or similar. Don’t review them before a WK review though or you’ll not benefit from the SRS.
  • I also like to look up the etymology of kanji using this website. Sometimes it’s useless but other times it helps me create my own mnemonic and/or gives me a deeper understanding of a particular kanji.

You’ll come across 〜さ a few times. My understanding of it is that 〜さ on a いーadjective makes it into a noun.

All I can say to learn the difference between 大した and 大きさ is experience, practise, and, maybe, additional work on it.

Finally, good luck with your studies!

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