Personally, I always press “f” to pay respects.
Great question, it is embarrassing to type something you know is wrong just because you have to type something. Although, I think it might push you harder to try to remember it.
a or あ, since my fingers are on home-row, and if I hit something like f when it’s asking for the Japanese version, I have to add another input to make it something like ふ. Hitting A will be one input, whether it be in Japanese or English.
Though, with kanji or jukugo, I look at the radicals used, and make a best guess on a common reading for certain compounds. ^^
This is made much easier with this script to help highlight the patterns:
Depends if it’s asking for reading or meaning.
For reading I always go with ‘hou’ seems to be right a lot of the time at my level on the ones I don’t know.
For meanings I usually mash the keyboard like: aruaglrehiv
I always write no, or の, symbolizes my brain’s thought process :’)
I tend to just hit ‘e’ because I’m like “eh, I don’t know”
I write de, i don’t know why
Closest and easiest thing I can give to “idk”.
I use “a” too. It’s faster that way since the vocal can work for readings and meanings.
EDIT OOOH DURING REVIEWS I’M SUCH A DORK!!
I stare intentely at the character while rapidly going in all directions trying to either guess the meaning or to guess the mnemonic.
My original answer was a my answer for typing kanji
When I remember the kanji but not the reading (which happens to me), I usually type the stand-along reading (usually the kun’yomi) of the first character.
Look at that character.
Look at my keyboard.
Look at that character again.
Feel immense shame.
Repeat until word is written.
I do the same when I haven’t typed a friend’s name for a while and I use their kanji
I use “n” or “ん”. Picked it because if you use vowel or “no” or whatever, you can still get kanji marked as correct (if you get very ‘un’-lucky) and mess up your SRS level for this item.
I type either “e” or “saaa”
か probably a holdover from early lessons when that seemed to be every kanji I couldn’t get right.
Exactly. Also n = null.
this brings up a funny story, actually. coarse language ahead, but –
– one time i didn’t know the answer so i typed in “fuck.” the kanji was 運. the correct answer was “luck.” wanikani marked me correct, with a typo.
might be the funniest thing to ever happen to me on wanikani. also, the luckiest.
I always type い, for no interesting reason at all
I usually just hit a random letter
I usually type え or あ, but with え I’m usually just thinking 「ええっと…」