As the list of readings I’ve learned for any given kanji gets longer, I’ve found myself struggling a lot more with mixing up readings:
"Let’s see, did 毎日 end in じつ or にち? Let’s go with… じつ! …crap "
While the long-term goal is to “just know” the right reading by way of knowing vocabulary, I imagine there are things I can do to help bridge that gap. Knowing the rules of thumb for choosing on-yomi vs kun-yomi helps a ton, but…
Does anyone know of a resource for statistics on the popularity of various kanjis’ readings, across say the N most common Japanese words? This could help me know when to mark a given reading in my brain as the “default”, letting me focus more on learning the exceptions.
Or even better, how about one that takes a kanji’s most common words, and groups them by reading? Not just by on-yomi or kun-yomi, but by individual readings like にち and じつ. That way, even if there isn’t a clear “default”, maybe I can get a sense of which kinds of words tend to use a given reading for a kanji.
Don’t worry, I’m not looking for a silver bullet; but there’s got to be some value in those statistics よね？