Sometimes I feel frustrated with the radicals learning.
Associating a radical to a particular English word is not good, and it feels like another kind of rote learning.
For example, associating 一 with ground and 土 with grave is just not really helping. I would rather think that 一 is “one” and 土 is “ground”.
We should be able to set our own radical, or at least associate it with a specific kanji that is constructed from the radical. With kanji association, we could memorize it in a better way.
Because we’re using radicals to construct what a 字 (character) means. It will speed up our kanji reading skills by actually associating it to where and what is actually using them.