Official KanjiDamage deck REORDERED
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had to write this after seeing the flash card for the kanji "解". it says the kunyomi is "とく" or "とける". that is just strait wrong. that being said, i know about 700 kanji and that was the first mistake i came across. making 2000+ flash cards is an insane feat, and this one does the job.
yes, the mnemonics and radical names are often very cringe, but its whatever. its an alright deck. it doesnt deserve a thumbs up tho, buuuut its free.
Kanji turns into structures that you can rebuild the meaning of by reading the radicals and smaller components.
You learn how to write the Kanji.
You can also learn readings AND vocab.
Sure, the mnemonics are extremely dated, but honestly the more out of touch they are, the more they memorable they are.
Users may have to search in other radical/kanji decks or in online dictionaries to find variants and the base radicals they relate to. Aside from these flaws, so far this is a good deck. Thank-you.
1. Meaning of kanji are sometimes completely different than what kanji really means
2. Radicals' mnemonics are ridiculous - who created them?
3. No indication what JLPT this is
4. Usefulness - based on what is this made?
Author of KanjiDamage should never ever teach anyone anything
These are understandable from a mnemonics point of view, but not if you actually want to read Japanese.
About the criticism of one of the user:
The kanji 書 (write) appears very early in the reordered deck (for me it was around the 200th entry and a lot of the first entries are radicals), while it is number 1665 in the original KanjiDamage deck, so it changes the deck order significantly.
However, I have a few remarks about the reordered deck over the original order in case you are not sure which deck to use.
⚠️ For some Kanji, the mnemonic rests on a kanji one should have previously already learned.
For example, 未 (not yet) has the following mnemonic (but appears before 末).
未 is basically 末, but with a SHORTER upper horizontal stroke. . . because the upper stroke is a baby branch that is NOT YET FULLY GROWN.
Another place this happens is with 無 (without), which has the following mnemonic (but appears before 焦)
OK, this is basically like "scorch" kanji ( 焦） but WITHOUT the little 'head' in the center: The top of 無 is flat, WITHOUT a 'head'.
⚠️Similar looking Kanjis are farther apart from each other than in the original KanjiDamage ordering. For example, I used to remember the Kanji 未 ('not yet') as a stroke through a tree, only to at a later stage discover that there is the kanji 末 which has a longer line on top. In the original KanjiDamage ordering these Kanjis appear directly after each other.
However, if you need to learn a lot of similar Kanji at the same time (as you would with the original ordering) you might mess up two Kanjis forever since they are in the same review distance (are often reviewed at the same time), so you end up knowing that a kanji means either of two meanings, but you are not sure which.
I don't know if this is an advantage or a disadvantage.
The best and quickest resource currently available to study Kanji. Reasons:
1. Better than the traditional method of writing and learning kanjis because it uses mnemonics. Anyone who's tried both would know how mnemonics makes learning Kanji a whole lot faster and fun.
2. Better than RTK. The RTK book uses old and boring keywords for the kanji meanings. The keywords here has an added element of humor making it easier to remember. Also, RTK book requires you to create your own mnemonics after a certain point. Although, if you do have the time, I concur that creating your own mnemonics makes the Kanji stay in your memory the strongest. However, with over 2000 Jouyou Kanji, creating your own mnemonics can be a real pain if you're feeling lazy or running short on time. Instead, you can modify the mnemonics here to suit your style of memory retention. This is a good compromise between creating your own mnemonics and using pre-made ones.
3. KanjiKoohi definitely has a good community curated collection of mnemonics for RTK. And these aren't really boring or old. However, KanjiDamage gives you mnemonics to remember Onyomi as well. This is just awesome. This is one of the understated advantages of KanjiDamage and makes it trump any other resource available.
4. WaniKani is quite good as well. But you cannot pace yourself according to your needs there. I've heard it could take up to 2 years to complete it. I don't want to wait so long. KanjiDamage in Anki lets me pace myself according to my available time for learning.
So in essence, this is the BEST resource for studying kanji.
Some people can find the mnemonics here somewhat offensive. That's there. But this deck gets the job done in making you remember the meaning, onyomi and kunyomi of Kanji better and faster than any other resource available. So if you can bear the little offensiveness, you're all set to crack the Kanji juggernaut. Pros outweigh the cons by a huge margin.
Also, the reordered KanjiDamage deck makes you see results even faster since you learn the more frequently used Kanji first.
PS: I have done over 300 Kanji using the non-reordered deck and planning to finish the rest of the Kanji fully using the reordered deck. :)
I mean, seriously, the kanji for "write" (書) is number... 1659! It's only 327 in RTK. That's pure madness.
I prefer the KanjiDamage way of defining radicals but I can't stand learning barely used Kanji when I haven't learned the ones I am using every day.
I had expectations about the reordered version but I'm quite disappointed (when up to ~450 Kanji so I think I know what I'm talking about).
Switching to RTK, hopefully it will be less frustrating.
What black magic is this? I'm remembering hundreds of things, it's easy and dare I say fun! There's 3514 cards (but there are reverse cards so it's basically half that) so on default settings it's just 175 days worth of short reviews. A lot better then the alternatives!
The odd person is turned off by mild references to things like sex, drugs and non-excessive swearing but it's barely Simpsons levels of eddy most of the time. If you're adult enough to get over that then welcome to my favourite anki deck and you will never forget the symbol ヰ.
I have been getting good use out of this so far, but I wish the author would include a link to which frequency list he is using. Is it a Newspaper, Twitter, Wikipedia, or Library Books frequency?
Ok, I get that the juvenile mnemonics are meant to be 'edgy', and I persevered for a while in spite of the damage the continuous references to genitals and drug use was doing to my intelligence. But eventually, you realize that the author has cut kanji wherever they felt suited them, and changed meanings into incomprehensible nonsense. The deck quality is rubbish, there are embedded youtube links to nonexistent videos that autoload on ios and break the interrface. Do not recommend at all, unless you are pursuing a career in sounding like a smart ass weaboo.
I'm using an old KD deck but this deck is simply the best Kanji deck I've seen so far. Well, I don't want to start all over again so I simply merged my old deck and this deck by matching their Kanji fields. I've also completed the jouyou kanji that are missing from the KD deck as based from the Tuttle book, couldn't be happier.
Oh, for those complaining about the 'rude' language, you could delete the mnemonics you know? Just delete the field, and if you're advanced enough, you could import mnemonics from RTK using Anki's import by matching fields, that shouldn't be a reason for complaints.
This deck is amazing. It combines the harsh, crazy mnemonics from the KanjiDamage site making them easy to remember, with an order that has you learning the more common ones first. For that reason even right after you start studying, if you stumble onto a Japanese website or something, you'll realize that you recognize a few of the kanji being used even if you can't read at all yet. It's a nice boost of confidence that what you're doing is actually working.
The deck also has cards in both directions so you have to both recall and recognize. And the cards use the webpage from the site so you get the kanji, it's meaning, its ON reading if it has one, its KUN readings, a couple of jukugo (with breakdowns of their pronunciation, their kanji, sometimes a brief description, and a rating of it's usefulness), and even extra mnemonics to distinguish the kanji from others that look like it. And it keeps the tags on the everything so you know if the word tends to be written in kana instead, if it's formal, if it's only really used in newspapers, if it's used could be rude in some situations, etc...
A great deck.