Struggling with Mnemonics

I’m in computing myself and while not a programmer specifically, have learned some programming languages, so relate to what you say about memorising associations. I feel, in general, that this is how I approach learning kanji. I do read through the mnemonic and try and memorise it, but rarely succeed - what seems to work for me is pulling out the components and the relationships between them. This is what the mnemonics are trying to do for you, but sometimes the relationships you make in your own head stick stronger than those made up by others. Typically, with vocab in particular, I’ve half made up a story before I read their mnemonics, so I think the relationships stick that way.

Also, since this is your first post:

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welcome gif - crabigator

Take the time to check out the FAQ and GUIDE if you haven’t already.

There’s also a lot of good stuff on the forum to help you, like:

The Ultimate Guide for WK
The Ultimate Additional Japanese Resource List
The New and Improved List of API and Third-Party Apps

I hope your Japanese learning journey goes well and that you enjoy your time with us on the forums.

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