I’ve downloaded Anki. I realise there are a kajillion decks already made, some of which (say, Genki vocabulary) are probably exactly what I need. But when I look for helpful resources about how to use Anki, most of the instructions are about making my own deck. I don’t need to do that … I just need to know how to use it with an existing deck.
Are there any resources/web pages/youtube videos that describe this? For instance, there’s a Genki 1 and 2 deck that has 4,000 notes. I’d like to just be tested on, say, Chapter 1 and 2 of the first book … but don’t know how to use the program.
Presumably the author of the deck ordered it, so you should just have to open it up and start a session. If it is ordered it will give you new cards in order of chapter. If there are subdecks for each chapter then you can open up the deck you want to study from and start a session for only that deck.
Anki may be a bit intimidating at first, but it’s amazing.
One has nothing to fear when it’s recommending good stuff
@ashleylm, if Anki eventually doesn’t end up working for you, have you checked Kitsun? It’s subscription based (you get 14 days for free upon signing up), but it made the whole struggle of starting SRS disappear to me. It’s a website developed by a level 60 WK user, so you will be able to find yourself learning with the same ease as you do on Wanikani.
Kitsun has a Genki deck made by @hinekidori. It looks like this:
Nice! I tried it immediately and it works. It’s basically what I’m looking for (something to teach me all the non-Wanikani bits, although if there’s overlap it’s fine, I just feel temporarily smart for already knowing something). I’ve been using memrise and drops and duolingo as well, but my need to be able to say things like “I could tell because of how stylish you are” is pretty low, when I’m not sure how to say things like “I would like one please” yet
Hey, glad it works! The creator of the deck is pretty active as well, so if you find anything that doesn’t follow along with the books or a card that lacks information, you can click in actions and then “send suggestions” (see screenshot above). The creator will receive a notification for that specific card and take care of it asap
The founder will eventually implement the WK API system, so one will be able to decide whether to study or skip the vocabulary that’s on Wanikani.
Let me know if there’s anything else I can help with
If you do ever decide to use Anki for premade decks, like @Kumirei already said, they’re usually ordered already.
If you want to progressively unlock cards with a certain tag, you can suspend all or some in the note browser to “pause” them. Most vocab decks based on books will have tags for chapters etc that you can use to filter with (you can temporarily cram a whole chapter for example, with a filtered deck).
Kitsune is probably great too But Anki isn’t as bad as the internet makes it sound, and it’s also free and open source (any developer can contribute improvements to the software, and we can all spend our money on more books ).