I’m sure we’ve all (or most) been in this situation: You’ve spent a few weeks looking at the same kanji almost every day on WaniKani, both as kanji and vocabulary items, and you answer the reviews right every time. Then that kanji goes away to sleep in the SRS system until a few weeks later, it wakes up and comes back as a candidate for Enlightenment. You look at it. It seems vaguely familiar, but you just can’t quite place it. You recognize the radicals, but the mnemonic story isn’t coming back to you.
What do you do?
I’m just looking for tips and tricks you may have come up with to overcome these obstacles. Here’s what I’ve tried, sometimes successfully, sometimes not:
- Go for a walk.
- Hit “force reorder” on the reorder script which essentially shuffles the deck to give me more time.
- Say the hiragana syllabary to myself to see if any of the sounds associated with the kanji will trigger a memory.
Today I got 負 and suddenly couldn’t remember what it meant or how it was read (possibly because I recently got the similar-looking 急). Saying my hiragana out loud, I twinged on ま and suddenly remembered 負ける. I still got the reading wrong (because I remembered the ぶ in 勝負 and not the un-rendaku-ed ふ) but still I remembered the meaning and was close (arguably correct) with the reading. And then I went back and wrote myself a better mnemonic for the future.
Any other suggestions for jogging your memories when you find yourself stuck?