I’ve been a Skritter user for about 3 weeks now and I’m loving it.
But… does anyone have strategies they’d like to share for remembering tones?
With characters I find I can “chunk” together the radicals, usually with some kind of mnemonic, and muscle-memory helps as well. Eventually I will “get” the character… after failing and trying again enough times, it finally sinks in.
For tones, I’m finding it much, much harder. Looking at my stats, I seem to have hit some kind of plateau when I reached 250 characters/60 words.
There are a few that I remember using mnemonics (like 学 being rising tone because kids at school are growing up; 川 is high tone because water stays level), or sometimes from the shape of the strokes (for example, the last stroke of 是 and 大 suggests a falling tone).
But apart from that I’m really bombing at tones all of a sudden. My retention has been dropping for the past few days. My words-tones score is suddenly abysmal—it’s even harder to get 2 or more right. The audio is helpful, sure, but I find recalling a sound way more difficult than a visual or logical mnemonic.
I’d love to hear your tactics and strategies! Thanks.