High Quality Japanese Anki Decks
As I have spoken about before, Sentence Banks had one of the biggest impacts for me while learning Japanese. During my hardcore phase of learning Japanese, I made a tonne of Japanese Anki Decks out of my favourite TV shows which massively boosted both by reading and listening abilities.
Having a massive amount of native example sentences allowed me to easily check the meaning of words throughout a variety of different sources as well as making the process of Sentence Mining much simpler and faster. If you want to know how to make your own decks like the ones uploaded to this site, and more about Sentence Banks, then take a look at the post I wrote about the subject here.
The only problem with following the method laid out in the post I just linked to is that it takes ages to make lots of decks. It’s also really difficult to get hold of the video and subtitle files. But worry not, for I have two resources (1 free, 1 not free but it’s real cheap) that will allow you to get lots of high quality Japanese anki decks, really easily!
The first resource is something that I have been working on over on my patreon page.
The majority of these decks have native audio of the sentence being said and a picture of the scene in which the line was said (for context). All of the decks have furigana for the sentences on the back of the cards but this is automatically generated by Anki so I can’t guarantee that the furigana is 100% correct.
Here’s an example how the cards are laid out:
Front: Sentence, image of the show at the exact time when the sentence was said
Back: Sentence with kanji readings, Japanese dictionary definition (you will have to add this yourself), audio of the original sentence (auto plays when you show the back of the card)
I’m constantly adding new decks and the plan is to make a massive library of decks which you can just chuck straight into Anki and start using for example sentences.
As of the 15/06/2021 the decks in the Sentence Bank Project are as follows:
If you have any requests then feel free to comment with links to the subs and video files and I’ll try my best to add them to the bank.
There is also an option for the old version of the Sentence Bank on the $1 tier, the difference between the two options can be seen below:
I also have some other decks on my Patreon including my personal 13,000 Sentence deck for Japanese and my Kanken Anki deck which includes all the kanji (besides the kanji in my RTK kanji deck which you can download here for free) needed to pass the kanken kanji test in Japanese.
The other site that I recommend, which is free but there are less decks and they aren’t laid out as well, is http://japanesedecks.blogspot.co.uk/.
As the decks on this site are all community uploaded, not all of them have audio, pictures or furigana like mine do. However, they are free and there are some good decks on there so I’d check it out!
Please bare in mind that these decks take up a lot of memory so I advise importing them one at a time and then syncing Anki in-between each import.
Anki will take a long time to sync and if you import lots at once it will take forever.
If you find a sync is taking too long, just stop Anki using Task Manager (CTRL+SHIFT+ESC) and open it again without being connected to the internet (so it doesn’t sync straight away), then you can do your reps.
If you know of any other websites that upload decks then let me know by posting in the comment section below. I can add them to this post for others to see.
Thanks for reading.
15/06/2021By Matthew Hawkins
Here are some of my favorite tools and sites for learning Japanese
Thank you for reading this blog post, which I hope you found useful for learning Japanese. Here are some of the most useful websites that I’ve found for finding Japanese content to use for immersion as well as some really useful learning tools to help you through your Japanese studies. Some of these are affiliate links which just means that if you decide to use these sites by clicking the following links, then I will earn a commission. But honestly speaking, these are the sites that I use and recommend language learners, even my friends, to use anyway.
Anki Tools: To get started, I really like Migaku for Anki. By itself, Anki is already a super useful tool for language learners but Migaku allows for integration with websites like YouTube and Netflix, allowing it’s users to create flashcards from the shows and videos that they are watching, as they are watching them. If you use my link you can get an extra month for free.
Speaking Practice: For this I absolutely love iTalki. There are thousands of Japanese teachers on the platform that are available at all times of the day to have conversations with you, in Japanese. Some teachers take a more traditional approach while others are just there to chat, these are the ones I would recommend if you are looking to improve your conversational Japanese. Lessons start from just $5 and there’s no long term commitment, I highly recommend them.
Immersion: I’ve used a lot of different earphones / headphones over the years but by far the one that has come out on top is the NENRENT S570. This is a singular in-ear earphone that matches your skin tone to keep it discrete, meaning you can listen to the language you are learning while at work, or school. For a full list of tools and gadgets I recommend for maximizing your immersion time, check out this blog post.