I’m approaching the end of my freemium levels and not sure I care to subscribe, mostly because I find the content distribution quite awkward and would like more exposure to content (in a feedback intensive way, so not just looking through the study material but actually doing the review tests). I have some questions. I have more, sort of, but let’s start with these.
Why doesn’t WaniKani cover all the radicals first? It seems wrong to be learning new radicals at level 60, a year or more into it. Seeing as radicals are just meanings, no need to learn readings, it would be SOO simple to just learn them all in a couple of levels and simply review them as you move forward. I got some anki decks that cover radicals (one of which seems to be ripped from an earlier version of WaniKani) and it was no trouble at all to go through all of them (both decks) in a day or two (not saying I know them for life, but that is what srs reviews are for).
Is there even a need to know isolated kanji readings? Are these things ever asked or used? Like does the JLPT ask for the on and kun reading of kanji, divorced from any vocab context? Is this asked in daily life? Do you actually need to consciously know which is which for some reason? Wouldn’t it make more sense to get used to kanji readings from exposure to vocab?
I’m guessing the lack of any sort of “cram” option is a deliberate design choice. I’ve heard about scripts and stuff, is there anything that would give me this option, so I can work more on the material? I think if you get stuff wrong, you shouldn’t have to wait several hours before you review. The site does ask again in the same session, a couple of times, but I still feel it’s not quite right. You might move it to short term memory but by the time you get to review it again you went past the “forgetting window” for srs, even though it’s somewhat more familiar.