I’m liking Wanikani. (Fortunately, since I spent on the lifetime deal last sale) However, I’m hitting one snag.
Kanji that I easily pass, burned, and can immediately recognize when I scroll through burned items completely stump me in the wild.
For reference, I’m not talking about highly stylized labels and billboards, I don’t ever expect to read those, nor care if I ever do.
I’m talking about neat text. I scramble to put together the radicals, or picture what I remember that looked like it, and come up confused.
After a little self-diagnosis, I think I figured out what is happening: I have trained myself to recognize Wanikani answers. Sure, the WK kanji is a perfectly accurate picture of the kanji. But my brain wants to see a WK screen to remember kanji. Newspaper kanji and twitter screen kanji aren’t a language.
I’m sure others have experienced similar problems. What is the best way to deal with this OTHER than neatly placing each character in front of a purple or pink background in order to read them?