I did try a couple of things already to try and get these kanji to STICK in memory, however for some reason my brain just refuses to assimilate the readings properly (I perfectly remember their meanings and the readings is 50/50 most of the time or worst).
Please share with me any tip or mnemonic should you have been in a similar situation before.
Most of my mnemoics have been customized lately (at least for kanji, not vocab) and it’s usually related to my own personal experience that no one else would understand; it seems to fit my subconscious best thus far as new material keeps coming in. Weird/dark/disturbing/perverted…WaniKani seems exploit this tactic well so customize however works. Sometimes it’s obvious or super funny so I don’t bother customizing those. However, I don’t want to search my brain for some LONG story that I easily get sketchy on the details and miss the mnemonic so I try to keep it very short.
Your mileage may vary, but I 100% back this. If you have any other exposure to Japanese, you have probably heard lots of these before, even if you didn’t recognize them. I find that this is the best way to make kanji memorable, far better than mnemonics with stories - recall words that use those kanji, and then recall out how to pronounce those words.
You might hear 向こう a lot, although technically it’s the wrong reading. It points you in the direction of 方向 though.
次回 at at the end of every TV show when they’re talking about what’s coming up in the next episode.
First thing I think of (after kun’yomi in 直す) is 正直. At least for me, that’s faster than remembering 直行.
Hah. I still get this one wrong sometimes, but when I remember it’s usually in the context of 活用 or 活気.
日記! As in the thing you write in every day, or part of the title of several popular pieces of entertainment, like ゆめにっき or 未来日記.
Easier to remember the kun’yomi here too, with 欠片 in the titles of various media. I don’t have a good on’yomi word for this one, although for whatever reason I do remember that it sounds the same as 決 in 決定.
Feels like half of all anime in existence takes place inside of 教室.
Thank you so much guys! I wasn’t expecting so many replies from you, being able to read all these different consideration about a kanji helps a lot when you are stuck and need a fresh point of view to get out of the loop. I have some new material to work on Thank you all! I must say that some ideas and / or connections you made here are brilliant!
I don’t have personal mnemonics for all of those but I’ll give you the ones I have on the off chance it’ll help.
There are two readings they give for this one, ちょく and じき. Here I sort of leverage the WK mnemonic for the kanji, something about a lion getting a cross in its eye. After you pull out the cross and thus fix your mistake, the lion starts to choke(ちょく) you out. No good deed goes unpunished after all.
Afterward, he starts to dance around on his hind legs, you know, really getting jiggy(じき) with it. I kind of picture a one-eyed homicidal Tigger.
What’s a lively party? Well, one with cats (かつ). That’s my jam.
I think of the vocab word 日記 (にっき, Diary). Stereotypical diaries are always locked up with those goofy giant locks on the cover and need a key (き) to open. So, if you want to write down in your diary you need a き.