In my current level, the vocab word for “branch” (枝) is えだ. The WaniKani mnemonic reads, “This tree consists of many branches. This particular branch, the one you’re looking at, is Eだ. Those others are other letters, but this is E…だ.”
Can anyone explain? What does だ mean in this example? I tried to look up だ online but couldn’t find a definition that quite fit the sentence. Thanks!
I reckon I would have used the Prose Edda as a mnemonic (that, along with the Poetic Edda, are the two main sources of knowledge we have about Norse mythology), though I guess it’s possible that not everyone has heard of it…
Using something that you already know is probably a much better idea than coming up with something new, especially if what you know neatly encapsulates what you need to learn. It’s probably also more relatable, since quite a few people have seen edamame, whereas ‘eda=branch’ is new to most people learning Japanese. Plus, you can imagine the edamame pods on a little branch, or the beans lined up inside the pod… ‘branch bean’ ends up feeling pretty logical. But the prerequisite is knowing what edamame are.
If I had to come up with something from scratch, I’d probably imagine three branches coming out of one bigger branch like this: