One thing I really hate is how Wanikani is missing explanations for most of the items, even things that really need an explanation. For example, 90% of the reading mnemonics are just stuff like “this is just the onyomi readings, you should already know it”, even when the kanji in question have multiple onyomi readings and there’s no way to guess which it might be.
It’s so frustrating to keep missing reviews and look at the answer, only to see that there are no hints provided.
Yes I hate that also, even more when the kanji is 人。
WK is supposed to propose mnemonics. But in those cases typically there is no mnemonics. You have to invent one for yourself, or you are condemned to fail again and again those reviews.
the kanji 場 for vocab I always get confused because I never know when it is kunyomi or onyomi and the explanation doesnt help at all
While not much of a mnemonic, something that I’ve found helps me is turning the automatic audio on for reviews and saying the words out loud after the audio. By learning what “sounds right” for each word, I’m less prone to mixing up one reading with another. If you aren’t already, maybe give it a try!
i noticed as the levels went up the mneumonics got worse. ive come to terms with the fact that i need to make my own for a lot of words. even the ones they give for some words are bad
Yep, on level 41 the mnemonic for the reading of 伺 is “The name of the director is Ook Aga (うかが).”
Not even an established WK character, not even a fictional character.
Not a name used a single other time in all of WK.
They literally just tell you “The name of this director is うかが!”
oftentimes WK decides not to teach you a kanji meaning that will actually be used in a vocab later on for some reason, so some mnemonics for vocabs don’t make any sense at all. can’t think of any specific examples on the top of my mind but since I started using jisho to add alt kanji meaning I’ve had no problems whatsover learning vocabs.
as for kanji reading mnemonics, even those that dont quite make sense like the aforementioned うかが usually do the trick for me, since the purpose of kanji mnemonics is to associate a sound with a kanji, theres no thinking involved.
then again, I find that the only real way to make a vocab/kanji stick is finding it the wild while reading books/manga/whatever, so I like to think that WK prepares you to read japanese vocabs, not so much teach vocabs
Just to check, you are actually looking at the reading of the word, right? You don’t need to guess, just remember. Come up with your own mnemonic if need be.
I came here to post about this!!! I hate how you’ll get one word that will say “this uses a reading you didn’t learn, so here’s something to help you remember it”, and then you’ll learn a different word and it’ll say “this uses this reading, which you should already know”, or “you’ve learned this reading already”, except WK never taught that reading to me, so why should I know it? It’s straight up not true that I’ve learned that reading already. Why are you giving me a mnemonic for one word but not for another? There needs to be some consistency.