The mnemonics in WaniKani are definitely working their magic. I’m on level eight right now, so I’ve got a long way to go; but I feel like I have a pretty solid grasp of the kanji and vocab meanings so far, and most of the readings.
The biggest trouble I’m running into is with the vocab words that are made up of two kanji and no hiragana. Remembering which of these get the stupid little adjustments, like dropping the last syllable of the first kanji’s on’yomi reading, or redaku-ing the first syllable of the second one. And WaniKani’s just kind of like, “you just have to remember.” But how tho, WaniKani?!
I’m starting to be able to remember from the way the readings sound on some of them-- like how the reading for 作家 sounds like soccer, and the reading for 欠点 sounds like kitten. But I don’t know that this approach will be sustainable as I move up past level 10.
How do you guys remember these little alterations in certain vocab readings? Do you have any tricks or mneumonics that you use to help you remember them?