Reflecting on WaniKani at Level 4

Thanks for reading it! And yes I certainly intend to get to lvl 60 so I will for sure see you there!! Getting the permanent sub as soon as it goes on sale again (hopefully in the winter again like I’ve read!). Good luck on your journey there too!! :sparkles:

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I’ve also had to make my own mnemonics for a few of them. Most recent one is for “past”, I’d much rather thing of Kyo’s tragic past to remember the reading than whatever it is they made up. They certainly don’t all work, but I’m happy for the ones that do, and now I’ve seen how they can be used effectively so I know how to make good quality ones of my own! :sunflower:

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Hehe except for a few I’ve seen definitely :stuck_out_tongue:. You get your cocky know-it-alls and sarcastic jerks everywhere, but it’s much better here than I’ve seen other places for sure.

Welcome and good luck on your journey!
If you haven’t stumbled across it yet, I recommend reading this guide. It contains a lot of useful information and advice. It’s great for figuring out how to make WaniKani work for you. Keep at it every day an you’ll reach your goal one day.

頑張て!\(^o^)/

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English isn’t my mother tongue, so even at the early levels I end up having to create my own mnemonics because the English explanations confuse me sometimes. :sweat_smile: But part of what’s great about WK is it that introduces you to this technique, so it’s easier to eventually make your own, simpler mnemonics.

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Welcome! Have fun and be sure to check the userscripts if you haven’t! There are so many great ones that enhance WK even more. Regarding mnemonic aids in particular, since as you noticed everyone’s going to have mnemonics that do not work for them, the Semantic-Phonetic Composition script can be particularly useful (and a nice shortcut at times). :slight_smile:

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Ah! Great, I’m planning to get the lifetime too this Christmas!

I hope they do the discount again this time around, or we would both be very unlucky :crossed_fingers:t2::rofl:

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Careful there chief. That article was just giving examples of how WaniKani uses custom radicals to build mnemonics. 娠 is indeed comprised of the Kanji 女 and 辰. But 辰 doesn’t mean “landslide”. It’s the kanji for the Chinese dragon zodiac. So what does that have to do with pregnancy? Absolutely nothing. It’s there for phonetic purposes. 辰 震 振 唇 娠 are all read with シン as the on’yomi. The Kanji itself isn’t that useful so WanKani doesn’t teach it, but it does make it into a radical that it calls “landslide.”

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Thanks, and you as well! And yes! I did see that guide a couple days ago, I definitely need to finish reading it because there’s tons of good info in it from what I’ve read so far. It especially helped to know about the timed schedule WaniKani uses and that I can easily do a 9am/1pm/9pm schedule to keep on track with reviews. I’m certainly not trying to speed run to lvl 60, but I don’t want it to take me 40 years either!

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I’m impressed by all the people on here who are using this through a second language. I’d love to get to that point some day! If it makes you feel any better, some of them confuse me too and I’m a native English speaker. :joy:

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I’ll definitely be looking into scripts soon! It sounds like there are a ton out there I need to try out (once I have time to sit down and actually learn how to get them working :sweat_smile:). Thanks for the suggestion!

Good to know! Haven’t gotten that far to find that out myself of course since I’m just lvl 4 still, but yeah, guess I more meant the radicals being put together that way were what got me hooked. Gotta make sure I separate the concept of radicals and kanji better in my head. I do kinda wish all the radicals were just what the kanji meant to make it easier, but eh, they do a pretty good job otherwise. :sunflower:

It was really nice to read couldn’t help but to nod at every point you made :slight_smile: I dropped studying japanese quite a few times in the past, I suppose just like you, but this time will be different for sure. It will be an amazing ride so let’s do our best and enjoy it!

Also idk really but let me just share some of my current feelings here. Right now already I can see myself staying too focused on my current progress with wanikani lol. I believe over-hyping myself like that is a bad thing but oh-well. Having a chill-out button would be quite handy :stuck_out_tongue:.

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This site is so funny. And that’s exactly what works.

Some of the mnemonics can get a little odd

can attest to this
every time i see the word 予め an image of a raw nic cage never ceases to come to mind

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I feel that! If I weren’t exhaustingly busy all the time right now I’d also be focusing too hard on my progress. Having to focus on other life things ends up being my chill-out button I guess. :joy:

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I think of Ricky Ricardo singing sweet love songs as his monster body pulverizes the Power Rangers in low budget TV FX glory. It’s delightful. :sparkles:

The best way to stay on track is the POLL thread

But once you’re POLLed in, it’s gonna be hard to leave… :caught_durtling:

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Agreed :joy:

Welcome to WaniKani @cydominRoll san :raised_hands:

Have fun :star_struck:

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This is probably the nicest and most civilised forum I’ve ever seen.

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Funnily, while reading the first two paragraphs, I thought this was a satirical post addressing common newcomer complaints (waiting to learn kanji, level up intervals, WaniKani’s custom “radicals” (“paticles”), and the paywall at Level 3). I was prepared for amusement, but I received wholesomeness! Glad to have you here!

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