Hello all. Let me first say that I’m trying to stay positive about this process, so please take the following as venting a bit of frustration and a humble request for information rather than a simple rant.
Am I the only one who has a hard time with the way that WK teaches readings? Whereas the system is working quite well for me with respect to radicals and kanji meanings, it is causing me a great deal of trouble when it comes to readings. My problem is that the app doesn’t teach how to recognize the different readings (for example: “人 can be read as じん、にん、or ひと. Here’s how to recognize the difference. Here are reviews to help you remember the difference.” Instead, the reviews first condition the learner to respond with one reading for kanji, then switches arbitrarily in vocab with no connection of ideas. When the “you didn’t learn this” part happens, I almost always get the new reading wrong, because I have been taught to automatically respond with the first reading.
Due to the spaced repetition system, the first reading is then basically dropped from the reviews, and I get re-conditioned to automatically respond with the second reading. By the time the first reading comes up again, I have usually forgotten it because there are no connections made–the information is completely fragmented. Obviously it works for some people, but I’m having an extremely difficult time with this form of pedagogy.
So two questions: first, I realize that I’m still quite new in the system, and may not have seen everything yet. Is there a point where the reviews start helping learn the differences, or are they arbitrary all the way through? Second, if the latter, has anyone developed any learning strategies to help, or is it just rote memorization?
Again, sorry if I’m being caustic, but I’m incredibly frustrated right now. It seems like whichever reading I remember for a kanji, the app wants the opposite one…or a 3rd or 4th one that I don’t remember.