Recreating this topic because the Original Thread got archived.
LEECH: An item in language learning that just won’t stick, and ends up wasting massive amounts of your time.
蛭 - ひる - Leech
Leech-tachi: That group of very similar items that you constantly confuse
Leech-kun: That weird long random kunyomi that is only used for the vocab or verb version of a kanji.
Leech-人: That rendaku’d-ass last kanji that you answer wrong 1 out of 7 times (is it leech-nin? leech-jin? leech-BITO??)
Leech-chan: The kanji you always miss because WK’s mnemonic uses 5 different radicals instead of combining 4 into a kanji you already know or (worse) don’t realize that you are just about to learn.
WKer Klaoth pointed out in another thread that it’s actually helpful to bitch about your leeches – complaining about them out loud helps you process what’s going on and maybe even gives you a chance to organize a way to fix it. Also, complaining is fun!
Because these complaints never seem appropriate for the “complaining is a must” thread, this thread can serve as a place to:
bitch about that item you can’t ever, ever remember
bitch about those sets of items you constantly confuse
bitch about leeches caused by the way WK’s radicals are organized (I know, I know, we love WK in every other way)
screenshot your craziest leech. Right now I have over 100 attempts at 仲間. WHY?
share squashing strategies
make a PSA to the WK community about an item with the potential to turn into a leech because of the way it is presented in WK.
Let us all thank the great @StellaTerra for creating a Leech Identifier script:
and @smrq for creating a forked version with some additional features and improvements:
@hitechbunny has created a duo of fantastic leech tools:
see a count of leeches for each of the 8 SRS levels on your WK dashboard:
And never ever miss a leech again because you force them into your brain via a leech screensaver:
Never forget: the first step to squashing your leeches is REALIZING THEY EXIST.