Ok so we all know those “super easy” Kanji that are so distinct and, even better, may also have a distinct, narrow meaning. I love them and the instant gratification they provide since they are often very easy to learn and almost impossible to mess up. It feels like you could learn 20, 30 of these in one sitting and remember them all quite easily; if you have a lot of them at once, to me it makes WaniKani feel to slow.*
However, most of my kanji-related mistakes are where only one radical changes and is otherwise identical, and/or has a very broad, abstract meaning that may or may not be shared with other Kanji. Which are many many Kanji.
When learning new Kanji, there is no comparison with previously learned Kanji, like a section “Similar to these kanji you learned before:”
For example: hot water (湯, ゆ) and sunshine (陽, よう). Just one radical changed. Many others like those exist, and sometimes multiple that distinguish themselves by comparatively small changes.
Currently, I make mistakes and after a while, after making enough mistakes they sort themselves out but it’s basically rote memorization (I think) and simply enough exposure. Some end up in Guru for quite a while. This is a bit frustrating and probably not that effective.
I wonder: Is it a conscious decision of WK, to not show similar kanji you learned before because it may mess up the learning process? It could very well be, I don’t know. I think personally, by being able to consciously compare and discern the differences in the learning process, taking a bit of that extra time, many of these mistakes may be avoided. For the few quite nasty leeches I do that, but manually.
- Quite funny how I rushed through the early lessons and now around level 13-15 got overwhelmed by an avalanche of reviews and lessons, even had a 17 day level lmao where at once got like 500 reviews and piling up at lightning speed. Gave me anxiety. Lol, I love this website. Gotta slow down a bit now to prevent burning out. I mean who cares if you average 6, 7 or 9 days or even more as long as it doesn’t take years because you had to reset twice.
What do you guys think? Do you have the same bottlenecks? Do you anything about it?