I would say there is plenty of pop culture references in WaniKani which not everyone is kind of expected to be familiar with. I personally have a friend who’s always been hardcore into studying, because she found it fun, but now she’s completely not up-to-date with fantasy, sci-fi or general Internet memery (like other nerds would be) so she would whoosh all of those references.
I’m personally looking forward to learning more hardcore vocab like hegemony, idolatry, etc.
I would argue idolatry and worship don’t mean the same thing, because idolatry specifically refers to the worship of objects and in a broader sense things or people that are not worthy of worship, but yeah, one can use regular synonyms as well . Don’t think I would use either word at the kitchen table.
I would use 河豚 quite a lot, though. Maybe even as a code word for taboo words (禁句) .
That’s dope!!! I know right, I’m very proud of the language too. I can say we have an advantage when it comes to learning other Asian languages like Korean, Japanese or Chinese, but English pronunciations are a challenge for us
I use Flaming Durtles app to always check for the longer vocab list.
台 for instance appears in 台風(たいふう) which I already knew and an easy word since ‘typhoon’ is prononced similarly. Just have to remember that main prononciation is voiced (だい instead of たい).
Remember a reading with an already known word is always more spontaneous. A lot we have to learn, when we already know it’s easier
On lessons the web interface on Wani Kani only gives you 3 examples of vocabulary for a kanji, whereas on Flaming Durtles (for instance) the lesson is with the full info sheet on the kanji so you see further examples.
For 台 the first examples illustrate the meaning ‘machine’ and counter for machines( and assimilated), but if you see ‘taifuu’ and ‘taiwan’ lower on the list the fact that this kanji reads tai/dai immediately clicks into place. Well, remembering that the same kanji appears in those different words still need some efforts of course, but it helps to refer to something we may already know.
I forgot that WK only gives you 3 vocab examples. This is one of those times when WK prioritises form over function. There is no reason why they only give you 3 examples except that it looks prettier. However, this was done at the cost of our learning.