Hi all. I’ve been really enjoying wanikani so far, but I worry that I am not properly utilizing it with regards to on’yomi and kun’yomi readings. Although I understand that the different readings are used at various times depending on the vocab, etc., and I’m doing alright so far remembering which to use in any given vocab word, I’m not very good at remembering which is which. So with 北, for example, I know one reading is ほく and the other is きた, but I couldn’t tell you which reading is on’yomi and which is kun’yomi. I know that jukugo words use one type or the other, but I don’t know which. I haven’t been focusing on understanding the why so much as I’ve been just trying to remember what the readings are.
For those with more knowledge than me, how important is it to understand the differences, and the contexts in which they’re used? How important is it to know not just both readings of a given kanji, but which is on and which is kun?
Also: apologies if this is covered somewhere else. I did a quick search on the forum and didn’t find anything, but I certainly may have missed it!