How to Make Sentence Flashcards Quickly
I made a video tutorial a while back on making sentence flashcards and I realised that probably not everyone here on the blog has seen it. This should be a really helpful resource for you if you are starting to learn how to use Anki for learning Japanese (or any language for that matter). There are some prerequisites you will need first to fully take advantage of this.
Making a Sentence Flashcard
- Make use of a dictionary or other text analysis tool that splits up words and shows you the ROOT word.
- Search said root word in a dictionary written in the target language.
- Find a definition that isn’t too difficult, copy and past it in to your open “add” tab in Anki.
- Use Anki‘s Japanese Support plugin (link above) to auto generate furigana for the dictionary sentence.
- Copy and paste the dictionary sentence into the open “edit” tab in Anki for the sentence you want to learn.
- Optional – Edit the code in the card type so that all flashcards automatically show furigana above the word in the “meaning” box as well as the “reading” box. (If in doubt for this last part just copy my code on-screen or from this link).
- Optional – Create a separate deck and call it something like “trash”. Take the remains that are left in the “add” window from when you generated furigana and just add them to this new deck. This saves you having to remove text from fields each time. You can bulk delete the contents of the deck at a later point.
Here is the video
If you have any questions, feel free to ask them below and I will try to answer them as best I can.
Thanks for reading and watching! 🙂
2017/07/21By 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.