Hey guys, I had an interesting question that I thought about and I didn’t see a specific discussion about it so if there is already a thread with good information then let me know.
Anyways, I am learning kanji on WaniKani of course, but before I started this I was just looking through Tae Kim’s guide and learning some grammar. I am still pretty much beginner though at Japanese, and mainly I am learning vocab through WaniKani, and that means I am learning it through the kanji. This is great but I haven’t heard them actually being used.
So my question relates to how I think of the vocab word when I hear it. Easiest way will be to give an example. If I were listening to a show or whatever, then I hear 主人 (shujin) in my head I will think “oh what kanji is that?” and then I might be able to get to 主人 pictured in my head, and from there I’m thinking “okay what do those kanji together mean?”
Now, if I had never learned or used kanji, and I just learned through hearing and speaking, I would never think of the kanji and instead since English is my native language, I would just probably try to picture the romaji in my head “shujin” and think about what that means.
So I guess I am just trying to figure out if I should be thinking about what kanji it is and then thinking of the meaning? Or if I should be able to hear “shujin” and go right to the meaning (without ever thinking of the kanji). I’m sure either way I will eventually get faster but I feel like thinking about the kanji adds a whole extra layer to my thinking of the word, and I’m not sure if I should be thinking of it that way or not.
(On a side note, I have been using the WaniKani self study script, and it has an option for audio quiz, and that helps a ton because it is much more difficult than the regular WaniKani reviews)