I’ve been loving the WaniKani input system since I started using it. Before trying WaniKani, I was fumbling around with Anki, but at the time, I didn’t really “get” how to use Anki effectively. I wasn’t sure I was actually learning the content because recall was “Did I say the word in my head right? Eh, close enough”. It wasn’t really working for me.
WaniKani forcing me to type out the answer has held me accountable, and I think the act of physically typing has helped my recall and fidelity quite a bit.
That being said, I’ve started reading more Japanese content on the internet, and I’d like to be able to learn that in addition to the paved road that WaniKani provides. I began using the Yomichan browser extension, which has a feature that lets me create flashcards of vocabulary with a single mouse click.
Still, I wanted to make sure I was remembering the readings, and not just the meaning, so I took a stab at recreating the WaniKani typing behavior in Anki.
It supports, I think, all of the kana that I’ve seen used to represent Kanji on the internet (so far). Let me know if I missed anything?
Here’s a link to the code for the Anki card front, back, and style - I hope it’s helpful to others! Let me know if you run into trouble: 01_front_template.html · GitHub
I followed these steps for initially setting up the card model and getting Yomichan dumping cards into Anki: Using Yomichan to Learn Japanese
I’ve only tested it on the following platform, and I can’t promise it’ll work elsewhere. But, it should at least work on the desktop version of Anki:
- macOS 12.1
- Anki 2.1.49
Below is a demo of what it looks like.