Are suggestions for remembering Kana/Kanji on-topic on this site?

I know there are many resources available online for Kana mnemonics (which have helped me a lot up to now), but I am struggling to think of a way to remember the difference between ね, れ, わ.

I'm normally capable of creating my own mnemonics and I'd probably get there in the end but I think it would be good to have a few suggestions to help me and future visitors to the site.

  • Another Kanji Such That Noone Here Kan Yell Real WInner Feb 7, 2017 at 8:04
  • @CraigHicks Is that an example of a useless mnemonic, because you can never remember which of Kanji and Kan is supposed to represent マ行...?
    – Earthliŋ Mod
    Feb 7, 2017 at 12:29
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    Maybe ask on language learning stack exchange instead?
    – Golden Cuy
    Feb 7, 2017 at 22:03

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The current consensus is that questions about study methods are off-topic. In fact, they are likely to be closed with the following "close reason"

Questions seeking resources or advice about learning Japanese are off-topic here, but you may find our list of resources for learning Japanese helpful.

I've always found arbitrary mnemonics useless and questions about etymology/origins helpful. With respect to the question you have in mind, you may want to take a look at Origin of the circle in ぬ, ね, and る

Of course, ね・れ・わ are derived from kanji with this pronunciation, namely 祢・礼・和 and the similar-looking part in ね・れ・わ on the left comes from ネ・ネ・禾...

So you can't ask "How do I remember this?", but you can ask "Why is it like this?" and maybe this is already enough to remember...

  • I disagree with arbitrary mnemonics being useless as an aid to memory, they have their uses but I agree that an explanation of the origin of a character is more valuable for long-term memory and understanding.
    – Ambo100
    Feb 5, 2017 at 17:35
  • I noticed this question which I found helpful wasn't considered off-topic but I also couldn't find many questions like it which is why I was confused.
    – Ambo100
    Feb 5, 2017 at 17:36

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