Memorizing Pronunciations (Japanese)

I am going to start learning Japanese vocabulary in some days, and I wanted a clear system to memorize pronunciations. I am really, really bad at using the linkword system, even though I did well in using associations to learn the jouyo kanji (Remembering the kanji). I was thinking about using the PAO system to memorize sets of syllables, but there were maany problems… for instance, not being able to link the sets of 3 syllables (suggestions?), the word not always ending in a multiple of 3, and intonation. Help appreciated.

Please help me… I really fail at the linkword system…

Are you talking about 音読み or 訓読み?