Hi everyone! I’ve just started a few days ago and I’m a little confused about something.
I’ve learned the first few kanji, including the one for mouth. During one of the reviews it occurred to me that I had a written flash card at home for mouth that had a different pronunciation. The one I have learned so far through WaniKani is “koo”, but the flash card which represents a self instruction book I’m going through concurrently for Japanese, has “kuchi”.
I took a look at more information on the kanji symbol on the WaniKani site, and sure enough there are two ways to pronounce it. The On’yomi is “koo” while the Kun’yomi is “kuchi”.
I’m very new to Japanese, so don’t actually know what on’yomi and kun’yomi means, but on the site, the Konami is greyed out, and not part of the mnemonics in any way. Therefore, it seems like all I need to learn at this moment is the on’yomi pronunciation.
I’d be okay with this and wouldn’t need to question it right now except for the fact that when I scroll down a little bit farther underneath the mnemonics was a short list of vocabulary that uses this kanji. There are five listed in the Found Vocabulary section, and out of those 5 only 1 of them uses the actual On’yomi that I learned through the site with the mnemonics.
So I’m confused. Am I learning the pronunciation that is the most helpful? By the time I get to the vocabulary will I have learned the second pronunciation? I just want to make sure I’m doing this right and not making things harder for myself, but it is a little confusing for this beginner. Thanks everybody!