Today while doing KaniWani reviews I became aware of a really weird way in which I was memorising similar vocab:
For上げる and 上がる: I remember that the “to raise” lesson came before the “to rise”, and that the readings did not come alphabetically ascending (“ge” came before “ga”). Then, by remembering those two orders, I associate the the reading with the meaning.
Same thing for 下がる and 下げる: I can remember that the lessons came alphabetically ascending, and that “to fall” came before “to lower”.
Same also for 止まる and 止める.
I don’t understand why my brain can remember the order in which those things came but is not able to learn each vocab individually which is much simpler…
Another thing I started doing is associating one vocab I have trouble remebering with one I can always remember, like:
- I can always remember 写す (うつす/to copy, photograph), but never 打つ (うつ/to hit), so what I do is: “Someone photographed me without my permission, so I got angry and hit them”, because the reading of “to hit” is within the reading of “to photograph”.
What I’m worried about is that I’m setting up a trap for future me. That maybe all those “indirect” ways of memorising are only working now because I’m at level 5, but maybe when I get to level 20 or something it’s just gonna get confusing and I’m gonna “unlearn”.
It’s also very annoying to not be able to remember the reading/meaning upon seeing the kanji. That indirect thinking takes more time then when I have an easy mnemonic, and that makes me really frustrated with myself…
Any thoughts? Does someone also do this?