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Official KanjiDamage deck REORDERED

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This is the reordered version (see below) of the official KanjiDamage deck, the ultimate deck to learn Kanji with the KanjiDamage method. This deck contains all the data you can find on the website: mnemonics, jukugo, look alikes, images and so on. And with an added bonus: stroke order diagrams. Note: THIS DECK DOESN'T FOLLOW THE ORIGINAL KANJI DAMAGE ORDER. This deck is reordered based on the frequency of each character (while still keeping the "dependencies" intact so that you will always learn 日 and 寺 before 時). The upside is that you will learn a lot of useful characters much sooner. The downside is that you will have to memorise a lot more radicals towards the beginning. If you'd like to follow the original order instead, check out my other deck: https://ankiweb.net/shared/info/748570187 The deck is customizable. You can easily remove things you don't care about (like stroke order), or change what's shown on the cards (see "how to" section below). By default, there are two types of cards: - Reading cards show the kanji, and a jukugo (in kanji). I personally consider I got it right if I can remember the meaning, and either a kun reading or the reading of the jukugo. - Writing cards show the meaning, and additional help: the onyomi, a kunyomi and a jukugo (in kana). I use the extra info to help me know which kanji we're talking about. How to Remove writing cards: in the Desktop app, click on the deck, then on the Browse button. In the search field, type "deck:current card:write" and press enter. Select all cards and click "Suspend". Remove stroke order diagrams: from the Tools menu, choose "Manage Note Types...". Select KanjiDamage in the list, and click the "Fields.." button. Select "Stroke order" from the list, and click the "Delete" button. Optional: to delete the stroke order images from your computer, select "Check Media..." from the Tools menu. It should list a bunch of files with names like "e382aa.png". Click the "Delete Unused" button. Revision history - August 9 2015: update deck with latest data from the website. Rename deck to "official". - Jan 22 2015: fix small issues in the data, added reading cards - Nov 22 2014: initial upload All the data comes directly from kanjidamage.com. Stroke order data comes from the KanjiVG project http://kanjivg.tagaini.net/ (CC Attribution-Share Alike) with help from Kanji Colorize https://github.com/cayennes/kanji-colorize (Affero GPL). The deck also comes with the Noto Sans Japanese font (Apache License 2.0), to make sure the characters show correctly on Android.

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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.
Number 185
Meaning round
Stroke order
Components 九 (the number 9) + 一 (one/line radical)
Onyomi GAN
Mnemonic GHANDI had round glasses.This is basically 9 (九) plus one stroke. Nine plus one equals ten, which is a round number. Sorry, that's the best I could do.
Usefulness ★★★★☆
First kunyomi まる
First kunyomi meaning circle
First kunyomi usefulness ★★★★☆
First jukugo 日の丸[ひのまる]
First jukugo meaning the Japanese flag.
First jukugo usefulness ★★☆☆☆
Full header 丸 round 九 (the number 9) + 一 (one/line radical) ★★★★☆ 3 strokes PN
Full onyomi GAN GHANDI had round glasses.
Full mnemonic This is basically 9 (九) plus one stroke. Nine plus one equals ten, which is a round number. Sorry, that's the best I could do.
Full kunyomi まる circle ★★★★☆ まる*い circular ★★★★☆
Full jukugo 日の丸(ひのまる) the Japanese flag. ★★☆☆☆ 日 (sun, day) + 丸 (round) = 日の丸 (the Japanese flag.) 弾丸(だんがん) bullet ★☆☆☆☆ 弾 (bullet / play guitar / bounce) + 丸 (round) = 弾丸 (bullet)
Full lookalikes Meaning Hint Radical 刃 blade SWORD 刀 丸 round HOOK Blade comes from the SWORD radical, which makes sense. 'Round' comes from 9, which has a HOOK on the right side. (the right side of blade turns outwards). So you can say, "I can hang nine round donuts on the HOOK."
Full used In 熟 執 塾 勢 熱
Frequency ranking 515
Number 588
Meaning husband
Stroke order
Components 大 (big) + 一 (one/line radical)
Onyomi FU, also FUU
Mnemonic Peter Griffin is one big husband - plus he's Fucked Up.
Usefulness ★★★★☆
First kunyomi おっと
First kunyomi meaning kind of formal word for husband
First kunyomi usefulness ★★☆☆☆
First jukugo 夫婦[ふうふ]
First jukugo meaning married couple
First jukugo usefulness ★★★☆☆
Full header 夫 husband 大 (big) + 一 (one/line radical) ★★★★☆ 4 strokes
Full onyomi FU, also FUU
Full mnemonic Peter Griffin is one big husband - plus he's Fucked Up.
Full kunyomi おっと kind of formal word for husband NP ★★☆☆☆
Full jukugo 夫婦(ふうふ) married couple ★★★☆☆ 夫 (husband) + 婦 (housewife / lady) = 夫婦 (married couple)
Full lookalikes Meaning Hint Radical 未 not yet TOP BRANCH SHORTER 夫 husband NO PENIS 末 the tip TOP BRANCH LONGER The MADA tree, the top branch has not yet fully grown, that's why it is shorter than the middle one. The SUE tree, however, the top branch has grown all the way to the tip, which is why it's LONGER than the middle one! Unlike the trees,the husband has NOTHING BETWEEN HIS LEGS, so that's how you can remember him. (FYI they say his wife cut his pecker off . . .after catching him fucking the tree) (birch!)
Full used In 賛 替 規 狭 挟
Frequency ranking 305
Number 352
Meaning partner
Stroke order
Components 木 (tree) + 目 (eye)
Onyomi SOU
Mnemonic He's got SO many partners.If your partner has a tree splinter in their eye, you have to take it out even if it is really gross. And vice versa.
Usefulness ★★☆☆☆
First kunyomi あい
First kunyomi meaning partner (only used in 相手, see below!)
First kunyomi usefulness ★☆☆☆☆
First jukugo 相談[そうだん]する
First jukugo meaning consult
First jukugo usefulness ★★★☆☆
Full header 相 partner 木 (tree) + 目 (eye) ★★☆☆☆ 9 strokes
Full onyomi SOU He's got SO many partners.
Full mnemonic If your partner has a tree splinter in their eye, you have to take it out even if it is really gross. And vice versa.
Full kunyomi あい partner (only used in 相手, see below!) NUBI ★☆☆☆☆
Full jukugo 相談(そうだん) する consult ★★★☆☆ 相 (partner) + 談 (consult) = 相談 (consult) a consultation - it doesn't have to be formal. If you want to see your teacher after class, that's a soudan. 相手(あいて) partner ★★★☆☆ KUNKUN 相 (partner) + 手 (hand) = 相手 (partner) one's partner (in conversation, tennis, or anything else however temporary) 首相(しゅしょう) Prime Minister ★☆☆☆☆ FPNP 首 (neck) + 相 (partner) = 首相 (Prime Minister) A somewhat newspaper-ish word for Prime Minister (BOOBOO: actually, most people say 総理 instead) 相撲(すもう) Sumo ☆☆☆☆☆ CCWFP 相 (partner) + 撲 (eradicate) = 相撲 (Sumo) Sumo. I've seen a bunch of of straight porn featuring 'sexy sumo wrestler girls,' but I've been unable to find a single gay sumo porn. Which either means, a) gay dudes think sumo are trolls, b) gay dudes have too much respect for the manliness of Sumo to do a x-rated parody, or c) gay dudes just jerk it to regular sumo on the tube for free.
Full lookalikes Meaning Hint Radical 組 one's team STRING 糸 祖 ancestor NECROPHILIA ネ 相 partner TREE 木 粗 rough texture / bad quality RICE 米 阻 hamper TOWN Team spirit is the STRING that binds us into a unit. We do NECROPHILIA with our ancestors. The TREE is our partner in the oxygen/co2 cycle. My RICE is bad quality so everyone in TOWN hampered me from selling it!
Full used In 箱 想 霜
Frequency ranking 202

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great deck
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Okay, hear me out...

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.
on 1613241990
I've used this for a year now and frankly it's the best one I've tried (that's free because I did not want to pay).

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.
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Most useful deck
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Honestly, this is one of my favorite decks once I did some of my own customization! I had already done RTK but I only covered the meanings of the kanji, so my problem was not being able to read their most common onyomis and being able to write them in the correct stroke order. That's where this deck came in! I did some tweaking so as to fit my goals and it turned out great! If you're unsure as to get the reordered version or not, I would say just go with this one. If you're just wanting to learn all the Kanji, then it definitely helps to learn them starting from very common ones. Although I will say the order can be a bit questionable at times, where ones that you would think are more common come a few hundred later. But in the end, you'll just learn them all anyway so if the order is a bit strange for some of them I don't think it's a huge issue. Once I finished the 読み方 and 書き方 cards for all of them, I could see a huge boost in my ability! Not only could I actually read words (with the exception of uncommonly used Kanji readings of course!) but being able to write them all is very satisfying and helps solidify them in your brain. I definitely recommend going all out and learning to write them as well as learning the onyomi. Right now I'm playing Zelda: Breath of the Wild in Japanese and it's going pretty smoothly! Overall, this deck may not be for everyone but I still recommend giving it a try and maybe tweaking the cards to how you see fit :)
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3.5 / 5 stars. Some kanjis are radicals with variants, but the variants are not mentioned in the radical/.kanji note. However, for some of these notes, the "Used In" list of kanjis are using that radical variant. It would help to know which radical the variant varies from. Example: for the person radical/kanji, 人、one variant is ⺅. Most of the USED IN examples use ⺅, and not 人. Another radical example is snout; 彑 seems to be the base radical, with variant ヨ, which is likely used far more often than 彑.
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.
on 1593340838
Is good
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Good deck! On my third day so far and it's good.
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One of the worst decks ever:
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
on 1578381034
good to learning
on 1558099801
Some meanings are useless. For example '丁' = 'nail' and '寸' = 'glueglue'.
These are understandable from a mnemonics point of view, but not if you actually want to read Japanese.
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In my opinion, KanjiDamage is an amazing method to learn Kanji if you can stand some rather vulgar mnemonics at times.

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.
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Good job
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(Repasting my review from the original non-reordered deck.)
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. :)
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Pretty nice deck but I don't understand the "reordered" part. The order seems to be the same as the original one.
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.
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Great. Funny mnemonics, good layout, etc.
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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.
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Great as a supplement but I wish I knew where he got the frequency list

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?
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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.
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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.
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Highly Recommended

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.
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