I find it very easy to memorize the English meaning for the vocabulary, radicals, and kanji. What I find difficult is learning the reading, which I usually forget. I wonder if anyone else is having these problems? Is it jus natural to be very good at the meaning, but not so much for the reading? Is it because I’m just better at English than Japanese?
Edit: Does anyone else see my level as 01? On the app Tsurukame it says 02
I think that’s totally normal, particularly when you’re starting out. At the end of the day kanji are pictograms, they’re designed to help you remember meaning.the simpler ones in particular often look like what they are meant to represent (in a stylised way) .
I think it really just takes a lot of practice to associate a reading as well, which we as non native readers are not used to doing.
One good trick that you’ll start to see as you move on is some kanji share readings. You can sometimes spot these as the kanji contains another kanji within it, so in a way there are less readings that you need to individually remember.
Simply practice. Endure it now and it’ll get easier in the future. It also really helps to consume native content. Even if you can’t understand the words as you hear them when watching, for example, an anime, if the word comes up later in WaniKani the reading can just click (“ah! I’ve heard it before, so that’s what it meant” kind of feeling).
I also find when I forget a kanji while reading, 90% time it’s the reading, while the meaning comes pretty instinctively. A lot of listening also helps, since then you can associate the possible sounds to the “meaning sphere”.
I think that’s probably pretty normal, because even in the case when you have forgotten both, you can often infer the reading from the radicals. Can’t check my own stats, since I don’t have a subscription anymore. I think while reading the things I forget the most are rarer kun-yomi verbs…
I recommend making your own mnemonic up if the one WK gives doesn’t do the trick. That can either be something that personally for you connects the meaning with the sound of the reading. Or something silly that you’ll remember. Whatever works for you! And then eventually you’ll find yourself recalling it without going through the tortuous mnemonic (a strange sensation). Just keep on keeping on! It’s by getting them wrong that you realise which ones are hardest for you and need special attention. (Everyone has ones that just won’t stick… the so-called Leeches. I understand even the level-60s do ) You would not believe the number of times I had to guess at ‘to enter’ and got it wrong. Don’t sweat it too much (is my humble level 9 advice). And I agree with morteasd: press the button and listen to the reading.
That’s because if you know the kanji readings you will most of the time also know the vocab reading (the majority of vocab items are just 2 kanji put together, using their on’yomi readings), while the meanings can be pretty out there. I also have lower accuracy for vocab meanings, although with a smaller difference.
Personally, it’s easier for me to learn readings than meanings. Readings often have patterns due to phonetic components, whereas meanings are more like pure memorization. I’m much better at pattern recognition than memorization.
Yes, 100% normal, this is one of the most difficult things about Japanese and one of the main things - besides kanji meanings - that WaniKani is designed to help you learn. In other words, it’s basically what you’re paying for. Welcome!