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 VARIETALS: 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:
This guy wrote a good article about strategies for dealing with leeches:
I’m curious how other people deal with them? My current thinking is that I’m gonna get some kind of whiteboard and put it somewhere I see every day (perhaps that spot by my desk where I stare blankly), and fill it with leeches as I find them.
One thing I will say is that I would love it if WK would add a feature for dealing with leeches, similar to the way that Anki does – flag them, suspend them, most importantly point them out to you.
正直 honesty, has been on an endless loop between apprentice and guru for months now. I even made up my own pronunciation pneumonic (しょうじき the shogun was so honest, jesus gave them a key to his apartment), which is useless, because I can’t remember that 正直 means honesty in the first place.
Nice, good advice.
Any idea if there’s a way to filter based on part of a cards content? I can’t seem to get it to work. Have a WaniKani Burned items deck, but would like to split it into radical/kanji/vocab decks. Would like to filter on ‘type’
Ha, my fault. Also had ‘is:due’ and apparently I didn’t have any vocab due. changed to radical and got 8 results.
Hmm, works for radical, but not kanji or vocabulary. I’ll keep playing
Edit: AnkiDroid apparently just had issues. Would edit over and over, and eventually, for no apparent reason, it would magically work, even though I had entered the same thing time and time again.
I have lots of problems with close-looking kanji along the lines of what several of you have posted here. If there is such a resource, could one of you point me to a collection of ‘don’t confuse these two with each other’ examples?
(For the longest time, I would drive past this ramen place and wondered why they advertised ‘happy ramen’… I finally twigged to the fact that it was shin and not kou) (thinking about that, I now get that the English packaging for ‘Shin Ramen’ isn’t ‘new’, but ‘spicy’. Gah, I’m a doofus.)