How to use Free Software to learn Japanese, and more.

How Anki works

June 13, 2022 — Tatsumoto Ren

Since in this guide we are going to use Anki to study our target language, let's talk about how it works.


How to review

July 13, 2021 — Tatsumoto Ren

Though Anki is an excellent piece of software, you can learn languages more effectively if you tweak some settings and know how to review. Even if you're using Anki for something other than studying human languages, this article may still help you.


Discussing various card templates

January 14, 2021 — Tatsumoto Ren


Many learners agree that the most effective way to acquire Japanese is to combine the SRS with immersion. After finishing learning kana and kanji you're going to continue to use Anki in your study time to memorize vocabulary. When memorizing new vocabulary, there are various card templates you can choose from.

Card templates are differentiated by what you put on the front of the card. There are two major card templates that people tend to use: sentence cards and word cards. Both have their variations depending on what other information they contain.

This article covers recognition cards. Production cards are covered here.


Useful Anki add-ons for Japanese

December 30, 2020 — Tatsumoto Ren

In this article I want to talk about Anki add-ons I recommend using when studying Japanese. Anki add-ons are small Python programs that extend or change functionality of Anki. To install an add-on open Anki, go to "Tools" > "Add-ons" > "Get add-ons" and paste the code of the add-on. To find the code you need to open the corresponding add-on page on AnkiWeb and scroll down to the "Download" section.


Setting up Anki

December 28, 2020 — Tatsumoto Ren

Anki is a Spaced repetition system (SRS), a program which allows you to create, manage and review flashcards.

Many language learners find Anki useful to quickly memorize (front-load) core vocabulary of their target language (TL), as well as help them remember new material later.

One of the downsides of Anki is that it can be a little difficult to learn how to use. Depending on how you use it, you can either greatly decrease your time spent studying or make using Anki a living hell for yourself. If you find yourself confused about how Anki works, it is recommended that you read the Anki manual. However, because it's highly detailed and technical, the bulk of this article will focus on explaining the most useful Anki settings to help you get things up and running as quickly as possible.