I’m just starting out with WaniKani on my first few Kanji lessons and I’m running into a bit of an issue. I’m currently suffering from some probably pretty serious depression so motivation and emotion I do not have in spades. As a result, I need to avoid burnout at all costs.
I’m a programmer and perhaps, as a result, my ability to quickly learn vocabulary (like in HS) was quite good (unlike my spelling). Unfortunately, I think I am simply good at rote memorization of basic associations like one word to a synonym or the methods in a class. As a result, I think I was able to get down to under 5 seconds per hiragana relatively quickly (2-4 days). I did read the mnemonics and I use one or two of them, but it feels like for the most part, it was rote memorization. I’m starting to do the same with katakana and I have been able to at least associate the word that describes what it looks like, with the sound that it makes in at least 35% of cases. For example: “two 'so’s… two… tsu” or “hanger… suit… su”. I was able to use the mnemonics quite successfully for the first radicals (which I had memorized pretty much instantly)
However, the first Kanji are giving me trouble so I’m just wondering what other people experienced and how I can do better. I cannot read a mnemonic and “feel or imagine” the scenario, I also rarely remember the scenario (or if I do, I don’t remember what it’s associated with). The best I can do is remember a single word or at best a phrase. Things like 女 which I can associate simply with “jo-anne” is about my limit. Trying to associate the kanji with meaning, name, reading, and pronunciation (where can I get these btw?) goes way beyond my current learning paradigm ;(
Apologies for writing such a book, and thank you for suggestions you might have!