Should I always try to remember the mnemonic/meaning story? E


Hello to everyone!

I’m new to Wanikani and I’m currently at lv 4. I know my question might sound stupid but: should I always try to remember the mnemonic/meaning story? There are times when I don’t have to think about the story in order to remember the meaning or the reading so I guess I don’t have to remember every time the story if I feel confident about that kanji, right?

best regards



The mnemonics are there to assist you in remembering a meaning/reading, so if you don’t need it, you don’t have to use it – and sometimes the mnemonics may not stick for you and you can come up with your own

The mnemonics tend to eventually melt away anyway and just your memory of the meaning/reading remains, so whatever works for you to burn those turtles :crabigator:


Thank you very much!


Aye. Mnemonics are intended to be forgotten. They’re a memory aid to help you learn - once you can recall the thing without relying on the mnemonic, you can just lose the mnemonic.


Over time, if you’re consuming native material, you’ll replace whatever English mnemonics you have with context-based ones from stuff you’ve read. For example, I always remember 嵐 from the Japanese translation of the Stormlight Archives.


Sometimes i have to make up my own story because theirs just doesnt do it for me or make much sense.

But they help quite a bit, especially with ones that look visually similar


The short answer: no.

Long one:
You have to treat mnemonics like a story or a legend of ancient times - you don’t even want to remember the whole story, but you want to catch the main plot essence. As others pointed out, it’s even better if you create your own story.