WaniKani physical flashcards

Has anyone tried to make physical flashcards for reviews? Would love to wake up in the morning and go through physical cards without the computer. Currently working on it but I assume sharing these later on forum would cause the infringement of copyright (?)

Good idea? bad?.. stupid?

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I made PDF sets of all of the kanji and vocabulary and had them posted here for a year or so, but I took them down when I took my webhost down.

The links in my thread don’t work anymore, but there is LaTeX code for making cards.

I like physical flashcards. At this very second, I am making paper cards with the names of Sumo wrestlers, so that I can practice reading the names each day that I watch 大相撲.

Welcome to Wanikani!

(they never said anything about copyright infringement, but I did notice that some of the people who were interested in the cards weren’t even paying members, and that did make me uncomfortable)

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While it is a good idea for something like a school environment, I don’t think it’s really necessary for personal use.

By the time you finish making the design, printing them, and have them available, you will probably already know the meaning of the kanji/vocab.

I guess if it was only for the stuff that you really can’t learn or very similar kanji, then it would make a bit more sense.

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“but I did notice that some of the people who were interested in the cards weren’t even paying members, and that did make me uncomfortable”

I’ve thought of the same thing :slight_smile: . It could be solved if some of the links on the forum could only be visible by lifetime users.

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“By the time you finish making the design, printing them, and have them available, you will probably already know the meaning of the kanji/vocab.”

Couldn’t agree more. Wish I could quickly finish WaniKani and maintain the kanji/vocab by immersion (reading books, watching stuff). Unfortunately I’m a slow learner (read: brain damaged). WaniKani has its own system, same as Anki. Sometimes I just need to go through the words myself and repeat them 10 times, or get these similar words together and go through them couple of times more. With physical cards that’s very easy to do.
But yeah, creating those takes time instead of doing reviews :):laughing:

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It wouldn’t take so long with a website that automatically generates the cards, ready for print :slight_smile:

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I agree it’s an endeavor best left for problem items. My ex was the same way, even wanted to learn the kana with flashcards first … she quickly fizzled out before she finished learning the kana. Granted, I don’t entirely feel the flashcards were to blame. But keep in mind you’re aiming for 2,000+ kanji and 10,000+ vocab, at a point in time where we have magical spaced repetition flashcard programs that the scholars of yesteryear would have killed for.

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What was your layout - front/back?
I’m doing two versions
Vocab (Kanji/Kana) to Kana reading
Vocab (Kanji/Kana) to english meaning

Don’t know if there’s a point in doing just Kanji deck as White Rabbit Press made these beautifully. I’ll probably just stay with vocab.

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Very true. But you need to be glued to the monitor. Flashcards are not instead of WaniKani, they are just tiny addition.

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For vocabulary, one side the word in kanji, the other side the hiragana and the definition.
For kanji one side the kanji with stroke order and the other side the reading and definition.

I feel that it was worth it for me to create them. Once I wrote the LaTeX formatting code, I wrote a simple code that populated the cards straight from Wanikani. At least a few people actually printed them all out and cut them up. I still use them for fun practice occasionally.

I am working on cards for 力士 names which I will post shortly.

@anon64274572 here are my Sumo cards.

You need to hit the download button at github. You can see the code that I used to create them as well. Let me know if it dosn’t work, because I have never used GitHub before. I may post my vocabulary cards there if this works.

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I have a Leitner box set up, but the only WK things I put in it are trouble items. Most of the cards in it right now are Esperanto vocabulary and しろくまカフェ cards.

Won’t this mess up the SRS?

I have not been using them lately, but I have made some physical flashcards for kanji using pdf sheets with them, which I found online. I had some fun with them, trying to remember how to write those kanji.:grinning:

I have a powerpoint file that I will add problem items to. One slide will be the kanji / vocab and the next will contain the name and part of speech and any other notes like the mnemonics and then the hiragana. I will run the file like a presentation before reviews. I have quite a few items now but it helps when older ones show up in the review out of the blue. If my darn printer would allow for index cards to be fed through, I would have made physical flash cards by now.

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