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Kanji Radical (Primitive)

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Simply, Radical is small component which kanji is made of. (Heisig called his own radicals as primitives) Learning radicals is essential if you want to learn kanji faster and in a better way. This deck contains all of 214 radicals ordered by usefulness (popularity) with english meaning, reading, stroke information, example and alternative forms (if available). Remember to check out the examples, as some radicals only appear in alternative forms instead of original form (like 辵, 艸, 阜, etc). You should notice the position of the radical in the example kanji too, because each radical usually has only one or a few possible positions in a kanji. Please also note that each position may have different reading, such as the "person" radical (人) at top is called ひとやね (like in 会) and is called にんべん if it's at the left side (like in 体). Visit this if you want to learn more: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Table_of_Japanese_kanji_radicals#Position_of_radical_within_character  Note: For stroke order working, download and install font from this: http://www.nihilist.org.uk/. You just need to download the font file, which is KanjiStrokeOrders_v3.001.ttf , then install it. If you're using android phone, put the font in /sdcard/AnkiDroid/fonts (you may need to create folder "fonts"). If the font doesn't work, try renaming it to "KanjiStrokeOrders" (remove the "_v3.001"). Update Sep 10: -Reorder the whole deck "by-hand" (based on some sources like wiki too). Now the most useful radicals will appear first. -Added example kanji for each radical. Update: Correct reading for radical 牛 (Thanks for your comment). I'm pretty sure there won't be any other errors with readings. (And also, I added readings to this deck for reference purpose only, you don't need to remember these readings, just remembering the meanings is ok :D). PS: I've made a kanji deck too. You can check it out here: https://ankiweb.net/shared/info/798002504 PS (again): For those who don't get the "odd" order, please have a look at this: http://www.kanji-link.com/en/kanji/intro/ . The first 48 radicals in this deck was ordered to match 48 most frequent radicals in that website (which help you cover 75% of Joyo Kanji). The rest was ordered by me as I've gone through 214 radicals and have a "sense" that which radical is popular than the other. Many of you may agree with me that some radicals that have less strokes may be almost never seen (like 瓦,耒,尢,屮) , so I put them to the bottom of the list. Of course, if you want to master all 214 radicals then the order is not matter anymore, just learn them all. Reply to the comment saying this deck is chinese, not japanese: I'm not sure what you're trying to express here??? Everyone knows both chinese & japanese use Chinese characters, there're some differences between the two versions of the two languages but in traditional form, they're the same (called 'kyuujitai' in Japanese, fyi). But that has nothing to do with radical, as the 214-radical system apply to both languages (some radicals are simplified in chinese though, but still 214), and this IS a radical deck, not a kanji deck. Anyways, thanks for your comments from that I can improve the deck, just hope you can clarify your idea :).

Sample (from 214 notes)

Cards are customizable! When this deck is imported into the desktop program, cards will appear as the deck author has made them. If you'd like to customize what appears on the front and back of a card, you can do so by clicking the Edit button, and then clicking the Cards button.
Radical Number 63
Numbers of Stroke 4
Alternative 戶、户Example: 戸戻所
Meaning door, house
Reading と・とだれ・とかんむり
Radical Number 10
Numbers of Stroke 2
Alternative (none)Example: 兄元
Meaning legs
Reading にんにょう・ひとあし
Radical Number 160
Numbers of Stroke 7
Alternative (none)Example: 辜 辟 辣 辦 辨
Meaning spicy, bitter
Reading しん・からい

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on 1550585444
Thanks! I don't understand why people who fix the possible mistakes in this list don't share theirs... It would be great to compare and learn new things.
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on 1540412996
There are indeed some mistakes about the reading, some alternative forms featured as the main one and vice-versa but still, it is a great job.
To anyone downloading this, I strongly advice to spend 30-45min fixing everything with wikipedia (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_kanji_radicals_by_stroke_count) and jisho (https://jisho.org) side by side with anki.

ありがとう anyway
on 1539197637
The radical for "bone" (188) looks strange (the top part), are you sure it's correct?
on 1527552000
on 1525737600
I'm currently using this deck to learn radicals so thanks a ton for sharing. It's astounding help!
AnkiDroid tends to crash when using this deck (Samsung Galaxy S6edge). No idea why, I just use it on my PC then.
I noticed that some radicals have other/additional meanings (i comapred with tanoshiijapanese.com dictionary) are you sure these are official meanings?
What are the readings for? Aren't radicals like letters in a word (not carrying any actual meaning in themselves)? Will I actually use the readings?
Thanks in advance!
on 1519776000
on 1517702400
I liked it, but edited the cards many times. Had FEW mistakes,
But the main reason of why I edited them, is the usage. Many of the main radical is not used as kanji "block", but the alterantive is. So, sometimes I was delete the original, and just copied the alternative as main. For me this way much more helpful, and efficient. Thanks for making this deck.
on 1514851200
Useful, needs to include a japanese font however as it displays some characters incorrectly
on 1514332800
Good Job!
on 1509321600
Outdated and confusing

This set uses a lot of outdated Kanji which are no more used in Japanese. On top of that it has errors.
Further it does not cover the stroke order.
For a beginner like me it is very confusing and frustrating to use this set.
I use more time to look things up as to actually learn something with this set, so I will delete it now.
on 1479600000
Great Job well done!

This is a real gem! I have been searching the web for decent ways to learn the radicals. I am indeed very happy to have found it! Thank you for making such a useful peace of software. After knowing the kana, the step to knowing the Kanji looks intimidating. But knowing the radicals is the door to tackle Kanji reading and writing successfully. What a nice combination of radical, radical variants, radical naming, meaning and stroke order diagram you have made here!
And in the event one spots a discrepancy, it's so easily fixed! (I spot snags in my homemade decks every now and then, and when I do, I fix them.) No big deal at all!
This little peace of software is a joy to work with. Well thought out, clean structure, can run as a separate deck and will be an aid in learning Kanji and Hanzi. What a nugget!
Thanks so much!
on 1455840000
Great deck!!

Very good deck. The mistakes are just minor. As a beginner like me, meaning of radical is the most important part, I will pay more attention to readings when I do kanji learning.
on 1455580800
Good deck but has some mistakes

For example:

Radikal 96
玉: たま・たまへん 王: おう・おうへん・あうさま

king; ball, jade

It looks like 玉 means king and 王 means jade, but its the other way around.
on 1454976000
Chinese not japanese

You're mixing Chinese kanji with Japanese, Japanese kanji come from Chinese but some of them changed