Kanji/Vocab vs. Onyomi/Kunyomi

In my mind I’ve been dividing readings into two groups: Kanji and Vocabulary. Although the lessons mention whether a reading is Onyomi or Kunyomi, I haven’t really been paying attention to that. Should I be? Thanks.

Hi! This is really cool! It’s nice

You don’t necessarily have to memorize whether a given reading is On or Kun when you first learn the kanji. Eventually you will get a feel for which readings are which as you learn vocab. For example, the On’yomi ニュウ for 入 is used in jukugo such as 入社, 入学, and 入所. Meanwhile, the Kun’yomi readings for 入 are taught in vocab with okurigana: 入る, 入れる, and 入り口. Tofugu made an article about On’yomi and Kun’yomi if you want more details. In the end, the most important part is being able to read vocabulary properly.

There are a few userscripts out there that you might be interested in to help distinguish On and Kun in your reviews. KunOn specifically tells you which reading WaniKani is looking for when you do reviews. Katakana Madness automatically replaces all On’yomi readings with katakana, both in reviews/lessons and on the dashboard. I think that these scripts provide good ways to passively learn On vs Kun without added stress.

Good luck in your studies!


Thanks for your reply, ivanlion. Yes, I’ve read the Tofugu article you referenced. I just wasn’t sure if I was setting myself up for trouble later on by not memorizing whether a reading was Kun or On.

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