I can read kana fairly well now but am still new to kanji. I sometimes try to read through children’s books and other material with very few kanji in it for practice. Even though I can sound the words out I often don’t know their meanings. I know katakana is used for foreign words which wouldn’t have kanji but do all (or most) hiragana words have a kanji definition? I’m sort of confused by the relationship between kana, kanji, and the readings.
I know WK isn’t designed to teach you vocabulary for speaking and is pretty much just to cram kanji into your head. I use a number of other resources but I’ve yet to really find a way to efficiently learn vocabulary for things written on in kana or for speaking.
Can anyone recommend a method of learning vocabulary words (for both speaking and reading) beyond just learning the kanji readings? Or would it be more beneficial to just stick to learning kanji for my vocabulary building? I’m looking to improve both reading and listening to Japanese. In essence, what supplements would you suggest for building a “speaking vocabulary” alongside WK for learning kanji?
Any advice would be most appreciated.