New User Script: Common Vocabulary Indicator


Uses to indicate whether a vocabulary word is considered “common” or not.

Adds the word “Common” or “Uncommon” to the top right corner depending on whether dubs the vocabulary word as such.

Uses: WaniKani uses vocabulary to help solidify the different pronunciations for the individual Kanji, however some of the vocab used to teach these pronunciations are out of date and are not used in day to day life in Japan anymore. I have encountered this problem when speaking with my tutor and they laugh at how old the word sounds. I’ve decided to create a script to indicate whether a word is common or not so I can spend less energy on the old ones. I’m a slow mover with wanikani and I can’t afford to get hung up on vocabulary that isn’t very useful.

So! If you’re like me, you might find this helpful. I tend to use the ignore script to just ignore uncommon ones that I get wrong. Feel free to use it how you wish and please give me feedback.


The first time you use this script you will be prompted to give access to This is necessary so that the script can talk to to get the “common or not” data. Please click “always allow from this domain” as long as the domain specified is

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I’m installing this right away! One question that I’ve always wondered: what defines a word being common or not? Is it being in the top 5000 words or so?


Thanks for making this. Will test it out the coming days.


I wish I knew, I’m putting my full faith in to steer me in the right direction. I do most of my vocabulary study outside of wanikani with the core 6000 vocab, so wanikani is really just supplement for me.


Various sites take it from various corpora, but it’s generally “common” based on what is usually newspaper, and possibly other literary data

I would highly suggest taking off “Uncommon” because a word not being marked “Common” does not mean it is uncommon.


Unfortunately it doesn’t play so nice…



I second this, today I saw this for example

睫毛 - eyelashes (not listed as common by Jisho)

and there is no common word for eyelashes either so…


Ah! Yeah, perhaps I didn’t account for people with addons that I don’t have. Maybe I can try to put it in the bottom right corner, though that gets tricky with how their html is laid out. I will work on it!


I moved it manually. Thanks for the great plugin!


I think you bring up a good point. Perhaps I should just go with the approach and not say anything when it isnt “common”.


There are “Obscure” and “Archaic” indicators there, but I’m not sure anything on this site really falls into that.

I took a quick check and both 泌尿 and 泌尿器 aren’t marked as common words. Which is a good idea of what might not be marked. They’re just specific terms, but if you go to the doctor, a good thing to know.


I hear you, with this user script it doesnt make any decisions for you. If people are interested they can make their own decisions on whether they should spend time on it or not. Perhaps this script should just serve to emphasize that the common ones are more important. Also should I need to, I think I can pantomime 泌尿 to a doctor ;D


I just remembered a way to make this script work better. However, I’m not sure if this is possible.

Instead of just having the “common vs uncommon” thing, we could also have the number of google searches for that word :man_shrugging:

I thought about having this for Memrise in the first place. There are courses out there with thousands of words and having the number of searches to select words would be awesome. For example, today I learned アイデア and アイディア on the Hello カタカナ Memrise course. Knowing immediately how common each version is would be a very useful information to have.


I dont think it would be useful. In terms of language, the most common words usually aren’t the most searched. Like, “it” is most deff one of the most common words in English, but I don’t think people google it too much.


I think he means number of search results instead?


this one @arjoykanji


There has been a talk about sources here Extension Suggestion: Corpora Rankings

I wonder if you can sort by Wikipedia / Twitter, etc.?

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