i first learned kanji with vocab, when i started my journey, on smart.fm, but i retained just enough to (mostly) guess right when picking the right kanji in IME
when chatting with friends.
kanji were also a thing when i attended a japanese language school here, but more to the tune of “here’s 5 kanji, you read em such and such, learn them by tomorrow, there’s gonna be a small test” - which gave an enormous
boost to the overwhelming majority of chinese students, but left me mostly clue- and helpless.
i started wk in '15 and got to lvl 24, but gave up for the same reason: too slow. then went off kanji studies completely and just picked up a few here and there.
so you could say that i do know a certain number, but not nearly enough to read anything of any substance, and since that frustrated me to no end, i came back to WK, since slow progress is better than no progress
as for pure multiple choice learning, well, that’s what i’m doing on memrise. it lets me drill, which i’m doing, and while it doesn’t “connect the dots”, it helps me with leeches on WK (not wk-leeches, i don’t let them fall so deep). my real lessons here then add on to that, and reading in the real world (not as much as i’d like to) then reinforces them.
WK is difficult. while i got high accuracy, i buy it for a high price: bad efficiency.