Let me preface this by saying I just finished lvl 3 and am debating whether to continue. I really enjoy the pacing and ease with which I can learn with WaniKani, but…
I’m not sure if it’s the correct form of learning. First of all, it seems to strongly prioritize the mnemonic, which is great for recollection, but not for usage. The thought process becomes Word->Mnemonic->Meaning->Sound. With flash cards, I’m able to eventually drop the mnemonic and immediately know the meaning/sound, with thorough repetition. But the SRS in WaniKani is so spaced apart, I’m not sure that will ever happen. The longer the mnemonic is used as a crutch, the harder it is to get rid of it.
Secondly, the review format is focused purely on reading. It’s great for seeing a word and being able to understand it, but doesn’t develop the ability to recall and speak words. I think knowing the vocab for speaking is just as important.
Now, I could solve both of these problems by making anki decks and using them for additional reviews, and reverse style reviews. However, I’ve seen many people state this will mess with the SRS learning process. Is that really the case? I’d rather have complete knowledge of the words than only being able to read via mnemonics.
Any input on how others have overcome this or supplemented their studying would be appreciated!