I was doing a review session earlier but stopped halfway through. I’ve been trying to revise my Anki Cards lately and trying to change my mindset with EN → JP in mind. I think this thread is more like feedback, but I believe JP → EN doesn’t help me personally. I don’t want to waste my mental energy/brain power on constantly translating between English and Japanese in my head.
But I do want to learn more about Onyomi and Kunyomi readings, and the meaning of Vocabulary and how these words are brought together with the Kanji that makes them up. I love doing that the same way as how I love looking up names and learning their etymology. Someone in a Japanese study circle mentioned that he had an easier time learning the Vocabulary first, THEN the Kanji. I would like to try this method instead at some point. For me, I can understand Kanji and Vocabulary better if the process is more meaningful.
While I appreciate James Heisig’s method of remembering the kanji with mnemonics, but trying to connect “Life” and 生 (せい)" through use of imagery no longer makes sense, and it is starting to lose its effectiveness. (I also notice the mnemonics on WaniKani are a long paragraph. How many words do you need just to explain how a mnemonic works? I also stopped paying attention to the mnemonics lately too.) So now I have to wait two more sessions or so just to get one Kanji over with. On the other hand, I do wish I understood Heisig’s methods better enough to where I can write Heisig’s first 1,000 Kanji in 29 days. Did SRS exist back in Heisig’s day?
This has been a ramble, but I also want to know more about everyone else’s thoughts or if there is anything helpful I can consider to approach my learning sessions more meaningfully. Do you think learning the Vocabulary first is a good idea? How have you diverged from a typical study workflow (whatever that could be) since beginning WaniKani that has helped you become better at learning Japanese?