Hey everyone. My name is Dan, studied Japanese for 10 years, lived in Nagoya for 2 years. I want to create a website that is a wiki for wordlists for manga. If you think this is a good idea please, check out the demo site below and give me feedback. If you have any wordlists in excel/csv format please send them my way and I will put them up on the site. I have about 5 I did myself that I am adding shortly.
/edit 3: updated link to site
/edit yes only volume one of One Piece is currently available
Also, if you want to help please comment below. I could use help gathering wordlists, community people active in bookclubs (especially bookclub organizers) , coders (react, nodejs).
More about me and my plan.
For years I have read manga with my phone open trying to type out the kanji and get a definition, then find example sentences, maybe make a flash card. I have also gone through and made wordlist so I can read without stopping. I have found that you can’t learn every word, so wordlists are the way to go to learn but also enjoy it.
/edit2 I wanted to add my thoughts about flashcards and memorizing words. I am actually a person who studies. All day, everyday. Not always on Japanese, but I spent about 8 years, probably 3 hours a day before I moved to Japan, studying Japanese. In Japan I worked at MRJ, speaking Japanese at work, and I joined a Japanese rugby team and made a lot of friends. I spent a lot of time on flashcards, memorizing words and kanji, and trying to read manga. My conclusion, was that unless you are spending 10 hours a day, you cannot memorize Kanji to this extent. So the best thing to do is focus on what’s important, and then read manga using word lists. I don’t ever need to know how to say or read 環境汚染 (environmental pollution) . I want a wordlist to remind me when I read it. If I read it enough this way, I will remember it, if I don’t ever see it again, I won’t.
A good example of this is that I speak French, and have lived in France for over 1 year. I have never looked up how to say or read environmental pollution, but the word in French for environment is environment and the word for pollution is pollution, so if I see those words I can figure it out. To me this is the same concept of having a wordlist in Japanese. When speaking in French, I might not remember that the word for pollution is the same in French as it is in English, but when I read it I remember. Also being able to just read in French easily, because of the word similarities, allowed me to read in French, for as long as I want without burning out. So wordlists allowed me to do the same thing in Japanese.
Wanikani is the only flashcards I think people should use and finish. I found wanikani a few years ago after I learned Japanese, but it puts together readings, words, hirigana, together in a understandable format that is amazing for beginners and even intermediate people. After wanikani, I think flashcards are useful, but in the short term to memorize new words, and then throw the flashcards away, even if you forget the words.
So I don’t have any real intention of adding flashcards to this site. The one feature I was thinking about is to have pre-reading flashcards. I have done this many times. You make flashcards and study them for the book you want to read. Spend a reasonable amount of time on them, and then try to read through without looking anything up, but use the wordlist if needed. This can make the reading even more natural without stops. Again I would do this for 環境汚染. But then it is deleted from my study routine as I don’t expect to see it again anytime soon.