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About vocabulary words in general:
Because of the Japanese language and its words that serve a variety of different contexts, a lot of words don’t have perfect, simple translations. This vocab deck is to help you to make the connection between the Japanese word, and some familiar English metaphors, so that when you go on to read, you have something as a reference point.
Some words may not have audio for every reading, due to the lack of audio on Forvo for some readings. Hundreds of these words I actually had to request from Forvo while I was learning them.
How I obtained the words:
I did a 144,000 line text analysis across 8 VNs (18k lines from each VN).
The VNs: Aiyoku no Eustia, Angel Beats, Hatsuyuki Sakura, Hoshi Ori Yume Mirai, Irotoridori no Sekai, ISLAND, Sakura no Uta, Subarashiki Hibi.
I went through the commonly used words, stripped out grammatical words that were found in my text analysis (listed below in the pastebin) and names, some kanji used for names.
I’ve included some of the more simple grammatical words, like しかし、っぽい, ところで、ついで. I didn’t want to overload the deck with grammar, but I did include a lot of the simpler grammar with 1 or 2 primary meanings, that you can essentially learn as words/phrases.
I included some shortenings of words that appeared in the analysis, like ところ -> とこ, because of possible alternate meanings, and for clarity’s sake.
“What about words like 馬鹿、僕、駄目, and so on that are written in kanji but may often appear in Hiragana.”
For most of these cases, I put the kanji if it had a high usage across these VNs, alongside the furigana, so you may be exposed to the kanji for 「だめ」, which is 「駄目」, but you may have to make a separate card.*******
This is meant to be a beginner/fundamental deck, and I don’t want to overload beginners with the kanji for words like それ and これ. However, I do try to sneak some grammatical patterns into these vocabulary words, by including things like それだけ, それほど, and some others. You’ll find that you’ll be able to skip a handful of grammatical sections because you’ll have learned some concepts as words, and can quickly make the connections with the grammar.
Katakana words from English, and common “Anime” words:
I included a lot of these that appeared. Some were obvious words, but a lot may have semantically different meanings from the English. キャラ for example is in regards to one’s character or personality, but can also mean a fictional character. バイク refers to a motorcycle rather than a bicycle. Some obvious words were included because katakana practice is always useful. I’m also not making any assumptions about people knowing words like いいえ、とても、おいしい、ドキドキ、and so on, so they are in this deck.
I used pictures sparingly. Some pictures are from my own vocab. Some just easily illustrate a difficult concept, and so I added them. (Check out the one for the word 御三家 for example). A few words have some dank memes or VN references, too.
Along with this vocabulary, I highly recommend that you read a supplementary Grammar source.
The sources I recommend for beginners are:
Tae Kim’s Grammar Guide and Japanese The Manga Way.
Followup sources I enjoyed:
Japanesetest4you.com, Maggie-sensei’s grammar, JGram.org, Imabi (pretty in-depth)
I personally make Anki Cards for Grammar, and go through dozens of grammar concepts at a time, and then introduce the cards at 3-10 cards a day, or so, depending on how relevant the Grammar is. Once you have some fundamentals, the Grammar becomes easier to know.
Here is a list of the common Grammatical words I obtained while producing this VN Vocabulary List:
Grammar List Pastebin: http://pastebin.com/n8TBhSLT
There is a lot of other common grammar used in VNs, and you’d be best off learning most/all the Grammar up to N3 before getting deep into a VN, and a lot of N2 and some N1 grammar is used.
So, I’m not a god of Japanese yet, so there may be a few words with meanings or readings that aren’t used, but I’d say that the deck is about 99% good in that regard. I would need someone who’s more proficient in Japanese to check through the deck, but this has been a 1-man project.
Some audio pronunciations might not be how you would hear them in Japanese, but different people have different dialects and inflections, anyway. The audio is meant as an aid to be used in conjunction with the furigana and kanji.
These aren’t exhaustive. I’m not gonna teach the 1031031903291 meanings for かける. The goal is efficiency here, so I may have cut out an uncommon meaning so that you could learn the common meanings first. You’ll continue to revise the meanings and metaphors behind Japanese words as you progress on your journey. Some words like 面 I didn’t include by themselves, because they’re common combination kanjis with too many readings to make a concise card. It’s easier to just learn related words than to force down a word with a bunch of readings and meanings.
Anki Addons that are useful:
Tldr; I think what I wrote above is pretty good and useful, but ah well. The deck isn’t perfect, but it should give you great fundamentals when combined with the Grammar pastebin and the grammar sources. You’ll learn words in the most common way they appear in VNs. When you want to learn the words by kanji, you can do so once you get past the Furigana1 cards. Some cards may not appear by their kanji-only form, so you may have to create new cards for this.
All in all, going through this deck, I feel like there are so many great, useful words, and your reading speed should improve more drastically than with any other deck. However, you do have to read often, learn grammar, and keep revising your understanding of the language, as you go through this deck. Don’t fall into the trap of grinding Anki without reading any Japanese.
If you have any suggestions for this deck, please leave them in the comments below.
I haven't added sentences to these (yet?) so you may need to check out some Core2k or other deck to get a grasp on some simple sentences.
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This deck has some useful vocabulary with it, but my only gripe with it is there are no example sentences. So words that use the same kanji, but have different meanings depending on the context of the sentence will easily get confused. Would give a more neutral review for this deck if I could.
Thanks for this deck!
Error report: 俯[うつぶ]く should be 俯[うつぶ]す
The audio for the same entry is うつむく twice, and in the meaning field "deck" should be "desk"
why do I have to have a reason?
No problems with it.
I think 出来る comes up twice, other than that I love it
It's really useful
So far pretty good. Using as a refresher
That sort of effort for readding 144k lines of VNs and getting a recording for each word/sentence is an herculean task
lots of words, especially casual ones, probably great for pairing with anime/manga reading watching for learning. some of the definitions are slightly off though
Good long list
Keep up the great Job.
One of the best decks for Japanese. One change that I would love to see is that the readings for the Kanji are only revealed afterwards. Other then that this pack is really amazing. Great job.
downloaded will give this a try, the entry for 馬鹿 looks fixed, cant find the いきなさい tho.
I don't have a lot of knowledge, but I believe there are a few errors, for example, the flashcard for "idiot" is mispelled as "idot" and "生きなさい(いきなさい) Go away, Get a life!" should be "生きなさい(いきなさい) Please live", I think. Also the 10/12/2018 comment.
i like this shit
Cara ainda vou testar, valeu pelo seus esforços...🙏☺
BEST TO LEARN SOME VOCAB
You are God!
I've been using this deck for a while (36 days), thanks a lot for the work you had put into it but there are a few problems with it. In my opinion, as someone that already finished the RTK book, seeing the kanji in the front of the card tells you the meaning without actually memorizing the word, I'm trying to spend more time with each card and I'm adding a sentence to the back of the card to help with the context, and even after that, I'm not memorizing a lot of the words, if i close my eyes and just hear the word, I can't tell the meaning because my brain is getting used to recognize the kanji only and not the sound. The second problem is the furigana and sound in front, I think furigana and sound should be in the back of the card only, and not in the front to actually test if you remember the word before flipping the card and see if you have the reading right and the pronunciation right. I'm not sure how to edit the cards but if some of you want to test putting the sound and furigana on back, I suggest you do. Thanks for the deck, I think it will be very helpful with some tweaks.
Great deck. It would be even better if there were sentences for context with the words but its still a great deck nonetheless.
Really solid deck!
Its great a deck like this is around. Especially for the weebs among us who, most of the time, already have some buid up knowledge of Japanese. I am curious to see how far this deck will get me in the end.
One downside are the furigana on top of the kanji, personally I end up reading those thus giving me the answers or atleast a hint and that makes me focus less on the kanji itself. But like someone else already said its easy to adjust yourself. I deleted the furigana and placed them next to the english meaning.
Has an Umineko reference
Great deck, very useful for learning in the fashion of "reading only" It's not nearly as effective as learning to draw the kanjis with radicals etc, but I among other weebs are too lazy for that. The furigana is quite useless after first reading and I can't help but read it unintentionally when a word shows up with it, thankfully it's easy to remove and the audio is there to replace it. Very few words have mistakes/miss-meanings and few pronunciation audios are off but its a diminute amount. For a one man job it's really excelling so thank you.
As for the other negative review of this deck; It's not everyone's cup of tea, I, for once, tend to make my own example phrases with words I've already learned. I take references online, I use jisho.org with this all the time, you can see reference phrases there if you like. If you want spoon-fed stuff phrases then go get more standardized stuff, this deck fulfills everything stated in its description. It's not meant to be a deck to make you a proficient speaker on itself. It's meant to be a start point to get you going. It's meant to make you able to grasp what's being said.
Anyways, I picked this deck around a year ago and while I have some mild dyslexia and English isn't even my first language I love this deck, so thank you again.
This is a sheer vocab list, with audio. No example, no context that would clarify the meaning, no sentence. I found it useless. Learning japanese words without learning how to use them, in which context they are adequate, how their meanings are subtely changed by this context, is like learning nothing at all. I prefer sentence decks as Core 10k, Nayr's deck, etc.
Still, the list is correct, the words are useful, and I could not find any mistake in the translations. Some might find it useful, depends on your study method. Thanks to the uploader.