Don’t get me wrong on this one. I love the concept of radicals.
However, WaniKani completely fails in two kinds of ways:
Why are there radicals of Kanji you learned before?
Sometimes you learn radicals that are complete copies of Kanji you learned before. Why is it necessary to teach you a new radical when the SRS should ensure that the Kanji is already known. From level 10 onwards every third radical or so is just a copy. And there even is an easy way to fix this: Let Kanji be part of other Kanji. For me learning these radicals is a complete waste of time and I’m sure WK is competent enough to implement a way for Kanji to show up in the “Radicals” screen upon learning new Kanji. What is even worse is that some radical names don’t have the same meaning as the Kanji (Like with anti and devil).
Why are some radicals unnecessarily complicated?
The best example for this is ‘eat’. You learn the radical only for the Kanji eat, which is the same. This completely defeats the purpose of radicals. Shouldn’t radicals be the building blocks of the Kanji you learn? You could easily build ‘eat’ from the radicals ‘kick’, ‘sun’, ‘hat’ and ‘drop’. Yes, this may be also complicated but this way ‘good’ could also be a part of ‘eat’. You could build up ‘good’ from ‘kick’ and ‘sun’ and afterwards ‘eat’ from ‘good’ and ‘hat’. Also with the same fix I proposed above, the complexity could be further reduced.
I’m just scraping the surface on the issues of WaniKani. I’m not hating on WK here, I love the tool and the community, however, as time goes on I see so much room for improvement.