2015-01-31: Version 1.05
2015-01-30: Version 1.04
2015-01-29: Version 1.03
2015-01-27: Version 1.02
2015-01-25: Version 1.01 (Don't use this one; it's broken)
AboutWhat's up, guys? Let's talk about writing practice.
I think it's important to practice writing kanji (even if you never plan on doing any handwriting in Japanese) because writing the kanji out while mentally reciting the mnemonic story is a great way to cement the knowledge into your mind. To that end, I've been working on an Anki deck that uses the WaniKani curriculum and AnkiDroid's whiteboard function (*see "Compatibility notes" below) to combine the benefits of writing practice with those of SRS.
- On Mobile Apps (AnkiDroid and AnkiMobile): Practice writing anywhere! Draw the kanji right on your phone or tablet screen
- On Desktop Anki / AnkiWeb: Study smart. Combine the benefits of pen-and-paper writing practice and Anki's SRS system
- Contains every kanji from levels 1–60, and will be updated whenever new kanji are added to WaniKani.
- Includes links to online resources, currently WaniKani, Kanji Koohi, and KanjiDamage for mnemonics and Jisho.org, Wiktionary, and ChineseEtymology.org for sentences, related words, etymological, an other general info.
- You can choose to hide the Meaning, Readings, and/or Resources section (just edit the card type on desktop Anki)
- Also includes stroke order diagrams via the KanjiStrokeOrders font (*see "Compatibility notes" below)
- The intervals are the same as hinekidori's Wanki Deck to simulate WaniKani as closely as possible
- The note format comes from Dennis Martinez' WaniKani to Anki Exporter, so you can delete the default notes and import your own if you'd like
- The deck is optimized for AnkiDroid, but should work just fine desktop Anki and AnkiMobile (*see "Compatibility notes" below)
- This is just for kanji—no components / "radicals"
Compatibility notesI originally wrote this for my own personal use with AnkiDroid, which has some features not available on AnkiMobile or the desktop version of Anki. Here are the major differences and how to work around them:
- The whiteboard/scratchpad function is only available on Ankidroid (Android) and AnkiMobile (iOS). Desktop Anki and AnkiWeb do not have this feature. There's nothing I can do about this. To use this deck on desktop Anki or AnkiWeb, you'll have to use pen and paper or a physical whiteboard. It may seem slightly inconvenient, but think about it like this: you're still getting all of the benefits of writing practice backed by an SRS system, PLUS writing with a real pen on real paper will give better results than mashing your finger on a screen. Consider it an even trade.
- Additionally, the scratchpad isn't enabled by default on the iPhone version of Anki. There are instructions to enable it on the AnkiMobile FAQ.
- Anki on Mac cannot use fonts provided by the deck. If you're on a Mac, you will have to install the KanjiStrokeOrders font as a system font. You can download the font here.
ConfigurationThere are a few easy-to-edit configuration options built into the cards. At the very top of the front template are the options for hiding parts of the card you don't want to see:
You can change the scale of the whole card to better fit your device by setting the overall font size here:
Step 2) Use the whiteboard tool to draw the kanji:
Step 3) When you answer the card, the correct kanji will appear underneath your drawing in light grey. You should be able to see whether you got it right or not and grade yourself accordingly:
Step 4) Tap the squiggly line to turn off the whiteboard. You can now interact with the card. Tap the kanji to show a stroke diagram, or tap any of the buttons to look up the kanji in various online resources