I started using WaniKani because a buddy of mine, who is also learning japanese, recommended it to me. But WaniKani is all about mnemonics and I am fiercly against mnemonics, so I am unsure on how I should proceed.
With a little bit of searching here in the forums I found that I am not the only one who doesn’t like using mnemonics, but I also found people who changed their opinion after giving it a try. Yet, I’m still not convinced.
Here are my reasons why I am so fiercly against them:
- There’s a lot of extra material that has to be learned.
- I’m afraid that, when I learn with mnemonics, I will always associate the kanji with that mnemonic, which I don’t want.
- I’m a fast learner and I’ve never really needed to use mnemonics to memorize material before.
- Using mnemonics feels like cheating to me. You only remember the kanji because of the mnemonic and not because you actually know it.
I’ve recently achieved level 2 after 10-11 days, which is how I understand it a bit on the slower side. So not using mnemonics would just mean that I take a bit longer than usual, which I’m totally fine with since I’m not in a rush to learn japanese. I’m in this for the long haul.
So, if all this mnemonics stuff really is so amazing as everyone says it is, I challenge you to persuade this stubborn bloke to give it a try!