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Simply because those words reinforce kanji you’ve learned

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Words that use the on’yomi readings smashed together are pretty common. To drive that point home, they’re giving you examples where the on’yomi readings are smashed together. It’s also easier to guess the meaning as long as you’re thinking in the right direction (not all rice…but America is the rice country so it’s all America).

It’s difficult to teach words that are simple stroke order, and common, and build with the radicals you already know. Would it be better to move some words down a few levels? Probably, which is why they’re still moving items down actively. But which words? Which kanji? How do you avoid just dumping 60 each in levels 1-5 because they’re all basic words? Is it better to put 90% of the kanji before level 30 since most people don’t make it to level 60? It’s not as simple as “put sleep and eat and walk and play and run all in levels 1-5”

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Welcome to the Wanikani community @glossyphoto

You’re not the first one (and probably not the last one) who asks this kind of questions as you can see in the link below

https://community.wanikani.com/search?q=these%20words%20are%20useless

It’s important to understand that Wanikani is not a custom made app, its curated material teaches you kanji while using vocabulary to reinforce it. If you want to learn specific words for beginners that’s what grammar books are for.
However, you can use the lesson picker and ignore the entire vocabulary part of Wanikani if you find it useless. It’s up to you.

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