Making J-J sentence Anki cards

I’m trying to work out how to make Japanese to Japanese sentence anki cards for vocabulary I encounter in the wild. I was thinking I’d take the whole sentence as I found it (for context) and underline the word in question. Then the backside would be the definition from a 国語辞典. I’m wondering how other people approach this? Do you create mnemonics as well for J-J cards?

Not sure if it will help, but my flashcards are like this. I don’t make my own mnemonics for cards.

I don’t use flashcards, but as far as J-J mnemonics go, I sometimes spontaneously notice similarities between different Japanese words and use one to help me remember the other (e.g. 滑らか (slippery, smooth) and 舐める (to lick) – a tongue wet with saliva is slippery, right?).

For further inspiration, I think you might want to check out this site:

That aside, you’ll notice that some sites provide illustrations together with example sentences. That might be a good idea because it might help you remember the context better. The easiest way to do this for phrases you encounter in videos is to grab a screenshot. I’m not sure what to suggest for phrases you see in text other than just imagining what’s going on.


I make them with Yomichan as explained in Animecards; I recommend giving the site a read. It creates with a single click a card with the definition from the first dictionary that you have in Yomichan, so if that’s a JP dictionary, it creates a JP definition. It also grabs audio if available, pitch accent and reading. I use the card type from the Sample Deck that is linked in Anki: Card Types.

I started recently creating my own Anki deck, but if I don’t understand the JP definition that it gives me, I erase it manually and replace it with either another JP one I understand from another dictionary or an English translation. Then I type the context sentence and optionally add picture and sentence audio if I can (you can grab both easily with ShareX).


I’m 1000 J>J sentence cards in, it’s just a +1 sentence on the front, then the +1 word on the back with a definition. I haven’t had a need for mnemonics.
Sometimes I put an example or the opposite on the back if I know one.

Thanks for this. After fumbling around with Anki for two weeks and trying to rig Google Sheets as a database, it’s so much easier pulling from a EPWING J-J dictionary to automatically make the cards. I’m also starting to agree with the “anime card” logic of putting the sentence on the back of the card, since I’m finding it easy to cheat via memorizing the sentence as context.

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