A classic example of how using mnemonics to “fill in” the actual meaning explanation of the word is useless. Why, oh WHY would you use the “suppose” meaning for 存 when both of these words could more properly be explained with the “existence” meaning of 存? That’s just the start of the problem though.
If the meanings of the words were actually explained, and not given mnemonics, then wouldn’t the user actually understand the use of the word, and more likely remember it? There’s maybe 4 words with “conservation” for a meaning, maybe seven words with “feeling” or “wish/hope/desire” but the use/real meanings of those words are lost on garbage, garbage mnemonics that don’t actually help understand the word. I mean, really? “We can preserve that, I suppose.”. Seriously? How is that the thing someone thinks when they see these two kanji, and then come up with the meaning?
I vote that the meanings section of every vocab be rewritten, with real, reasonable explanations as to why two kanji make up the meaning of the word, and the use of the word, and maybe even more importantly the distinction of one word from another similar word. Such basic needs for truly understanding a word and they are entirely taken up by goofy mnemonics thought up by a 12 year old, clearly. This is probably the most frustrating thing about wanikani, just above getting a word wrong because you used a different form of the word- say “transportation” instead of “transport”. facepalm
edit: Another much more useful function in the meanings section would be showing which words are synonyms (as in having the same meaning). For some reason there seems to be arbitrary points where there’s a distinction made between one word and another, or one word described as similar to another. That should be a required field for every vocabulary- synonyms and NON synonyms! Many Japanese words and English definitions have overlap but don’t have the same meaning! I can’t believe the site has existed as long as it has and this hasn’t… been addressed, honestly
Edit:: The suggestion that the meaning section of every vocabulary word should be rewritten should be corrected, because not all of them have this problem of insufficiently describing a word’s meaning. There’s a good portion of vocab words that are relegated a very loosely connected mnemonic and that’s it, and these usually don’t help any (in my experience). But not all, in fact maybe a majority of vocab words are relatively self-explanatory and probably don’t need much more than that anyways.