Why do we learn the 市 kanji 3 levels before the radical?

I decided to take a peak at what lies ahead in lvl 6 and I saw the radical for city 市. I find that pretty weird since we learn the kanji for it at level 3. Iirc there wasn’t any other case where you learn the kanji before the radical. So I’m just curious if there is any reason for this exception?

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WaniKani / Radical / Music - lvl 10
WaniKani / Kanji / 曲 - lvl 6

WaniKani / Radical / Fault - lvl 10
WaniKani / Kanji / 失 - lvl 7

WaniKani / Radical / Machine - lvl 9
WaniKani / Kanji / 台 - lvl 3

Could go on for a while :stuck_out_tongue:
It’s pretty common that a kanji will later on be introduced as a radical.

Not 100% sure why they did this, probably more of a “Yo, this will be used as a radical as well” reminder. There’s plenty of reasonable explanations floating around the forum as this has been asked some times before, probably could go look them up if it interests you.


Thanks for the detailed reply! Yeah I’ll try doing that.

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I believe every new kanji consists entirely of radicals you previously learned. So my guess is that kanji might be reintroduced as radicals either for consistency or to reduce the amount of radicals included per kanji.

Without the radical “recycle”, complex kanji might consist of a ton of radicals, which might make them a little harder to memorize in the first place.


They’re re-introduced as “radicals” so you’ll have bigger building blocks to understand more complex kanji.


I’d say both :stuck_out_tongue:
You could just say “This uses the machine kanji here” instead of “This uses the machine radical here”. So you know, consistency.

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I realise it 's been nine days since this thread was last posted in, but I want to make it clear that this is the reason. Kanji get reintroduced as radicals so that they can be used as a single piece for mnemonic purposes.

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