I am just revisiting Satori Reader as I tried it last year and I was in no way ready for it. I feel I have moved on more now and at the right stage to begin to find it beneficial.
My 2 questions really are:
- Is there any way to fix the SRS to be usable as apparently Anki is much better for this but I like the idea of having everything in one place?
I can see settings there that can be changed but I’ve just left them as is for now. I’ve heard people choosing ‘Hard’ for everything they got right to try and make it react better but not sure if this would work.
- Is there anywhere that rates the difficulty of the stories anywhere as apparently the ranking they give them aren’t too accurate and I don’t really know where to start to be able to recognise the most kanji as possible from the get go or not struggle with complex grammar straight away.
Can’t help with the SRS question since I didn’t use it. But to answer your second question, there’s a Group by Difficulty button at the top of the page that gives a general idea of difficulty level
I also remember stumbling across a post in the Satori discussion forum a while back ranking difficulty, but I find their forum hard to navigate so I don’t have a link right now, sorry.
Here’s my personal opinion about difficulty, from easiest to hardest (only includes stories I read). It’s been a while since I read some of these and I can’t see the full stories anymore, and some of these I didn’t finish b/c my subscription ended. But I hope this is helpful anyway!
- Sakura and Suzuki’s Long Distance Relationship
The Jam Maker → seems a bit easier than the other Easier stories (I didn’t read much of this though so this might be wrong)
- iirc Kiki-Mimi Radio, Hole in the Wall, and Kona’s Big Adventure are all about the same difficulty (even though Kona is in the Intermediate Stories section). Kona might be a bit more difficult than the rest but not by much
Akiko’s American Foreign Exchange → this one is very long and the difficulty gradually increases. It starts at about the same difficulty as the other Easier stories but gets more difficult. Because of that I highly recommend this story as a way to steadily improve your reading skills once you’ve read a couple other stories!
The Neighbor → found this one slightly easier than the other Intermediate stories I read
Koibito and The River Sanzu were about the same difficulty for me.
- Only read one “episode” of Oku Nikkou but thought it was a bit harder than the other intermediate stories
And then after that, I have no idea. I would start with Sakura and Suzuki since that’s definitely the easiest one. If you’re having some trouble with grammar I suggest also looking at their Nutshell Grammar series.
I don’t know if you know this, but you can set it so Satori knows the kanji you’ve learned on Wanikani and adds furigana to any kanji you don’t know
^^^ This. You can also manually add additional kanji to your “known” list if there are ones you know from outside WK.
Then when you’re reading set the display for Kanji and Furigana and use the “according to my knowledge” option. I usually prefer to set Kanji to “standard spelling” and furigana “according to my knowledge”:
For what it’s worth you’re not the first one to complain about the Satori SRS and I don’t know how to use if effectively - but with WK and Bunpro in my life I don’t feel I can handle a third system!
In terms of stories, as mentioned above there’s an option to group by difficulty.
As you, the first time I looked at it I couldn’t understand anything, but looking back I was too ambitious and too green! For heavens sake, the first time I tried to read an episode I didn’t even know what a verb’s て form was!!
I was able to read through all of Kiki Mimi radio and I’m working my way through Kona right now. There are many words that I don’t know but now I can mostly follow the gist of an episode on a first reading, which was unimaginable back in the summer when I saw it for the first time!
Thanks for your detail response.
I had seen the group by difficulty button, but I had also heard that it isn’t a great indicator and of all those in the easy category I didn’t know which to start with.
I will start to chip away through that list for now and see how it goes.
I currently have my settings the same.
I would like to come across kanji I don’t know but have the Furigana only show when I’m unfamiliar with the pronunciation.
This is my concern…
I’ve also heard people say that if you read enough you don’t need the SRS, as if it’s worth remembering then exposure should instil its meaning naturally.
exactly! And it’s so gratifying when you encounter things in the wild that you can actually deciper! 頑張りましょう！