Radical combination

Can you make the radical combination that reoccur in other kanji make use of the kanji it already uses?

努 = Woman + Stool + Power
奴 = Stool + Power
I have to memorise the same pattern twice although奴 is part of努 but is on level 34
Should be 努 = 奴 + Power Imo

It is not that often but i have already seen a few of these i am aware of at least.


There actually has a been a thread about this recently, right here, in which the overmind @koichi himself answered right here :slight_smile:


Thank you for that info.

Something else i wondered is there a way to ovverride the current mnemoic for my custom one or hide it somehow, i dont want to look all the time if i have a custom one for this one.

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I’m not sure if that’s possible. I think the userscript Community Mnemonics 2 (WKCM2) might help you, although I’m not sure about this since I don’t use it myself.

The keisei script (phonosemantic composition) helps with that, at least for a significant subset of the kanji: [Userscript] Keisei 形声 Semantic-Phonetic Composition

It happens constantly as you advance in the levels and it also frustrates me. Seeing the relation between kanji is a huge help to memorize them IMO, but wanikani obfuscates that more often than not through the use of arbitrary “radicals”. It’s probably my number one issue with the system.

My personal advice is to completely ignore radicals after the first few levels since they generally do more harm than good.

For instance I learned last week but only yesterday did I notice that it was used as a component in , taught 38 levels earlier. It’s the phonetic component too, so it’s actually useful to notice since it helps memorize the テイ reading.