I’m currently reading/studying through Imabi in addition to the WaniKani vocab goodness, and I’d like to start reading real media with lower level/more simple kanji sooner rather than later. I know many kanji I’ll encounter while doing this will have that tiny text over top of it spelling out the reading for those who may not know the kanji as quickly as they’d know the reading. Imabi does both this and the romaji below. (I, personally, really hate the romaji being there at all, so I work really hard to ignore that.)
I’m wondering, though, if any of you have hints for keeping my eyes trained on the main row of words and actually forcing myself to take a good hard look at the kanji (even if it’s hard to make out in typical type size) before defaulting to reading the tiny top text which gives the reading of the kanji? I’m pretty good at recalling the readings when I encounter kanji without top text, but for some reason, my brain skips right from one hiragana to the next. I feel like I don’t even glance at the kanji sometimes…
Anybody else had this problem, and, if so, what did you do to make yourself ignore the tiny reading text? I always feel like I’ve cheated my chance to recognize and read a kanji when my brain just cruises through the kana… Any help would be greatly appreciated!