How do you practice multiple readings?

What is your approach if a kanji or vocabulary has multiple readings? Do you practice them by always giving a different answer? Or do you stick to one particular meaning and reading? I ask, because I always give the same answer for the same question, but I am worried that this way I will only remember that particular reading. E. g. for the 子 word there is the reading し and す as well, but I remember し only, because that’s what I practiced, and the other reading I had to look up now.

EDIT: Since I only started a few days ago I guess this is the right time to pick up the right learning methods. I suspect that this question gets asked a lot on these forums, but I couldn’t find it. I hope our Lord and Master, the Crabigator will spare me this time, and won’t take ill that I created redundancy.

When one reading appears more frequently, I don’t see any harm in devoting more time and effort to it. When you learn words like 椅子 and 様子, you’ll see the す in action and remember those words as their own things, and not just “which reading is it for 子”


So I should just do my lessons diligently, and I will have the opportunity to practice all listed readings in due time?

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I often stick to the first reading that is given for the kanji. Vocabulary that read differently then teach me the other readings. Kanji have always some exceptions here and there so I’m okay with not knowing all their readings, I rather strive remembering the correct reading for a specific word. It’s similar for rendaku (e.g. 子 is sometimes read ji instead of shi), one has to get an intuitive feeling for reading.

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Not necessarily all, but most of those that you’ll see in tge wild. Once you have the infrastructure of the most common readings, keeping track of the exceptions is much easier.

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