Wanted: an alternative mnemonic for ぞく

Hi everyone.
I’m finding i’m getting stuck on kanji with the 音読み reading of ぞく.
Wanikani suggests the “Bosozoku” bike gang, but since that’s a new word that’s based on the reading it’s trying to make me memorize, I find it totally unhelpful.
I’ve been trying to use the app “ZocDoc” as a mnemonic, but so far it’s troublesome too.
Anyone else have any good alternatives?
Thank you!

Edit: For context, I unlocked 続 over a year ago and it’s currently bobbing in apprentice, which is so frustrating becauseI get the vocabulary it’s associated with correct


How about Zork?


what about searching for Zuko’s socks?


It’s also the same as the 族 in 家族「かぞく」 which is how I remember it.


Same here, I connect ぞく to かぞく (家族).
As long as you remember 続 has the same reading as 族 (but is a different kanji) it should work out.
@davikani since you have already done 族 which uses “bosozoku” for the zoku part, you could solve it in the same way (I suppose you used かぞく there, you could do the same here)


続く - burned
続ける - burned
続々 - burned

続 - master, next test 18 days

it ain’t right…

Sometimes for problem kanji it’s easier to work backwards from memorable words to kanji, except I burned all the vocab already.

The inclusion of more vocab which uses the on’yomi reading might help. 続行 or one of these possibly

That could be a neat feature for WK: if you blow an Enlightened or Burn review on something, you have the option of dropping some booster vocabulary into your lesson queue to help reinforce the specific reading you’re being tested on.


Just remember as pirate (One Piece), because it is Kaizoku 海賊.

Also, latinized Zoro is Z.

Aren’t bike gang and pirate somewhat similar?

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I used Renzokuken from Final Fantasy 8 for any “continue” word. It’s easy to remember an attack you spam constantly through the whole game. :sweat_smile:

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This one has worked for me mostly.
i.e. members of your family are a continuation of your tribe
Now I just need to not get it confused with 統. I could have burned both of those five times by now.


Yeah, I had the same issue when I unlocked it. What I remembered is that bikers are so cool (そく) , but then remembered that I need to add the dakuten to get ぞく

Edit: Oh, I thought you were referring to 族, which used that memnoic. Still, if you can related it to “so cool” bikers you should get there.

Given you’re on level 38, you may be interested to know that the right part of “unite” is coming up on Level 39.

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@davikani My first question would be, do you know any other kanji or compounds that use 続 or which look like it?For instance, do you know

  1. 接続(せつぞく)
  2. 読(どく), the kanji in 読む
  3. 続く(つづく)?
    If you know any of them, you can use them as mnemonic building blocks. For #1, you’ll remember the reading because you know a common compound that contains the kanji. For #2, you’ll remember because 読 has the 売 component as well, and also ends in ‘-oku’. For #3, you’ll be able to tell yourself that the most common verb containing 続 also ends in く, so the kanji does as well.

On the other hand, if you have no prior knowledge about 続 or kanji that resemble it… first of all, for the meaning (I’m simplifying what I’ve read a bit): it comes from 糹(silk string/thread radical – strings are the ultimate symbol of links, no?) and 売 (to sell). The idea behind that is inheriting riches, like a family business. That’s why it’s about continuity. As for remembering the reading, you have two options, IMO:

  1. Associate it with the meaning
  2. Associate it with the character

Really though, I’d say using a mix of both is best. However, my ideas may not work for you, because I have a tendency to ‘force’ sounds to make sense without any conventional mnemonics, and I just repeat them (e.g. by reading Japanese with furigana/a dictionary) until they stick. Here’s roughly what my brain automatically came up with:
ぞく=zoku. Notice how your mouth feels as you pronounce that sound. ‘Zo’ is a relatively long, flowing sound, and your mouth is open without obstruction. ‘Ku’ is a small, sharp sound that requires you to block the airflow and exhale sharply. When I make it, I feel the air flowing against the roof of my mouth and around the tip of my tongue in a curved fashion. Thus, it’s kinda like launching a rope with a grappling hook attached: the ‘zo’ is the phase where the rope extends freely, and ‘ku’ is the moment of contact, where the hook catches onto something. (Notice all those sharp K/C sounds, and how the airflow for pronouncing く is hook-shaped. Even く is bent, like a hook.) Therefore, just like a rope and a grappling hook, ぞく is about connection.

As for associating the pronunciation with the shape… both Z and ぞ are rather ‘squiggly’, just like 糹. That reminds you of the part of the kanji that’s written first.

The only problem with this set of ideas is that you can’t apply them to all the kanji that are pronounced ぞく, and you don’t want to mix them up. What do you do then? Well, I personally pronounce the kanji while staring at it or visualising it, so that these ideas are permanently associated with the kanji 続, and nothing else.

I hope this helps. I know that this is very sensory and abstract, and nothing like what most people do, which is associating a new word with a similar-sounding one. It’s probably impossible to summarise into a simple WK mnemonic. However, when the sensations in your throat and the visual symbols that represent the word themselves are your mnemonic, you’re much less likely to forget. I know this because I learnt other languages like this: the French word “creux” means ‘hollow’, because my throat feels hollow when I pronounce it, and the French word “éclater” means ‘to burst’ because I can see it exploding around the letter T (imagine four square tiles suddenly bursting apart). The more you can associate new words with anything you already know, including the sensations you feel when you use those new words, the less trouble you’ll have remembering.

EDIT: OK, I felt like it wouldn’t be fair if I left you to summarise all this by yourself, so if you really feel the need for a simple mnemonic à la WaniKani, here’s my version: ぞく=zoku. ZO-ku… kinda sounds like ‘hook’, a grappling hook, which connects things and ensures continuitity

kazoku or kaizoku are useful for me.