Anki tools for Japanese study

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Setting up Anki for Japanese

In order to setup Anki for Japanese support, two steps are required: installing the Japanese shared plugin from Anki and installing support files (this procedure depends on which operating system you are using). Steps are explained on the related Anki wiki page.

Mighty Morphin Morphology

For more details, see Morph Man.

First version was release in 2011 by a Koohii forum member. Mighty Morphin Morphology is a suite of tools for analyzing Japanese sentences and calculating how difficult each sentence is in terms of how many morphemes (similar to words) it has that you don't know. This plug-in helps you find the next best card for you to learn. It works best with sentences.

Installation and configuration

  1. Open Anki and go to File | Download | Shared Plugin. Type morphology and download the plugin Japanese Morphology. Restart Anki.
  2. Open the Japanese deck which have the sentences you want to analyze. Open the deck properties, and then the model with the sentences. Make sure the model have a field called Expression.
  3. Add three fields named iPlusN, vocabRank and unknowns. For each field check the box Sort as numbers in browser.

Morpheme Databases

  • Premade - Databases that come with the plugin. Includes words from Nogizaka Haruka no Himitsu Episode 1, Fate/Stay Night Episodes 1-9, Japanese Sentence Patterns for Effective Communication, and the Core sentences from iKnow/smart.fm.
  • To Aru Majutsu No Index Light Novels vol. 1-18 [1] - Words from the first 18 volumes of the light novel series. Both individual and merged databases. Note: These databases are for MorphMan 1. To get them to work for Morph Man 2, you must select “extract morphemes from file”, select the above .db files, and save as a new .db file.

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Yomichan

Developed since early 2011 by a Koohii forum member, Yomichan is a dictionary application designed for reading Japanese and allowing one-click adding of vocabulary flashcards to Anki decks. It is similar in principle to the Firefox browser plugin Rikaichan.

Installation and configuration

  1. Make sure you are running a version of Anki that uses Python 2.7. From Anki, go to File | Download | Shared Plugin. Type yomichan and download the plugin. Restart Anki.
  2. Open the Japanese deck to which you plan to add vocabulary. Open the deck properties and take note of the field names your cards are using. Assuming you are using the official Anki Japanese support plugin, your cards will have three fields: Expression, Meaning and Reading, as displayed in the screenshot below.

Yomichan model.png

Select Yomichan from the Tools menu or click on the icon that is displayed in the toolbar.

Yomichan menu.png

Go to Edit | Preferences, select the Anki tab and edit (once again assuming you're using the official Japanese plugin) the fields so that they match the screenshot below. This configuration allows Yomichan to link dictionary definitions with flashcard fields. You are now ready to use Yomichan.

Yomichan preferences.png

Usage

Go to File | Open and select a Japanese text file on your hard disk. It will be displayed in the middle window. The Definitions pane displays the currently selected word's definition. The Anki pane displays the flashcards you have added to the deck with Yomichan during the current session. Please note that you can select a Tag name for added cards from the bottom of this pane. If the panes are not displayed in your view, go to the View menu and check buttons accordingly.

Yomichan reader.png

To look up a word in the dictionary, press the middle mouse button on any word in the text. To add a card in one click to your deck, use the icons displayed on the right of every item in the Definitions pane.

Yomichan icons.png

Their meaning is as follows:

  • Tiny plus: Add term as kana to your deck (i.e. 食べる -> たべる)
  • Big plus: Add term as it appears in dictionary (i.e. 食べる)
  • Papers: Copy the term to the clipboard (format identical to Rikaichan)

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