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NihongoShark.com Kanji Deck

25.70MB. 3 audio & 2202 images. Updated 2015-11-14.

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This is the kanji deck created by NihongoShark.com. It is actually a slightly modified version of this deck. Details about what has changed and the reasons can be found here. I give ridiculously detailed instructions on the recommended usage of this deck in this post: Hacking the Kanji - How to Learn Kanji Easily and Remember Them Permanently, so extra cool kids might want to check that out. Keep swimming, and good luck in your studies! Niko

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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.
id 2049
frameNoV4 1900
frameNoV6 2049
keyword steam
constituent steam, flowers, helping hand, complete, water, one, floor, oven-fire, barbecue
strokeCount 13
lessonNo 51
heisigStory The flower at the top and the floor with the oven fire beneath are familiar. The problem is what comes in between. It is formed by the character for complete, whose vertical stroke doubles up as the first stroke of water.
koohiiStory1 Think of a picture of someone steaming vegetables. On top you see the flowers of cauliflower or something else that is being steamed. Underneath, the pan is completely full of water. Below the pan is a floor - that's the hotplate - and under that the oven fire. Caution: don't confuse with boil (#1257), or the steam radical in spirit (#1885).
koohiiStory2 When you want to steam some flowers/vegetation you don't cover them completely with water, rather you have just a little at the floor of the saucepan and then heat.
jouYou 6
jlpt 2
onYomi ジョウ、セイ
kunYomi む.す、む.れる、む.らす
words 蒸留(じょうりゅう): distillation蒸気(じょうき): steam, vapour蒸発(じょうはつ): evaporation, unexplained disappearance水蒸気(すいじょうき): water vapour, steam蒸し暑い(むしあつい): humid, sultry蒸す(むす): to steam, poultice, be sultry
readingExamples 蒸す (む.す), 蒸らす (む.らす), 蒸れる (む.れる)
Tags JLPT_2 Jouyou_6
id 914
frameNoV4 851
frameNoV6 914
keyword entrails
constituent entrails, moon, month, flesh, part of the body, storehouse, flowers, parade, retainer, slave
strokeCount 19
lessonNo 25
heisigStory Part of the body . . . storehouse.
koohiiStory1 You signed your organ donor card, right? So, when you die, your entrails and other body parts will be placed in a storehouse.
koohiiStory2 Again with the Pyramids, each Pharaoh had their entrails taken out and put into little jars that were shaped in the forms of their Gods and entombed along with the preserved body. So, the entrails are the parts of the body that are placed in the storehouse along with the Pharaoh! Damnit, why can´t they always be this easy? :(.
jouYou 6
jlpt 2
onYomi ゾウ
kunYomi はらわた
words 内臓(ないぞう): internal organs, intestines, viscera心臓(しんぞう): heart
Tags JLPT_2 Jouyou_6
id 1208
frameNoV4 1127
frameNoV6 1208
keyword place
constituent place, door, one, ceiling, flag, axe
strokeCount 8
lessonNo 31
heisigStory Door . . . ax.
koohiiStory1 You outsiders better learn your place! An axe stuck in the door when you get home is a pretty good indicator that this might not be the best place for you.
koohiiStory2 A place for everything and everything in its place. To the right of the door is the standard place for the axe.
jouYou 3
jlpt 3
onYomi ショ
kunYomi ところ、-ところ、どころ、とこ
words 所謂(いわゆる): the so-called, so to speak箇所(かしょ): passage, place, point, part所在(しょざい): whereabouts所持(しょじ): possession, owning所々(しょしょ): here and there, some parts (of something)所属(しょぞく): attached to, belong to所定(しょてい): fixed, prescribed所得(しょとく): income, earnings所が(ところが): however, while, even if所で(ところで): by the way, even if, no matter what余所見(よそみ): looking away, looking aside個所(かしょ): passage, place, point, part所為(せい): act, deed, one´s doing短所(たんしょ): defect, demerit, weak point, disadvantage長所(ちょうしょ): strong point, merit, advantage停留所(ていりゅうじょ): bus or tram stop所々(ところどころ): here and there, some parts (of something)場所(ばしょ): place, location便所(べんじょ): toilet, lavatory, rest room, latrine名所(めいしょ): famous place役所(やくしょ): government office, public office余所(よそ): another place, somewhere else, strange parts近所(きんじょ): neighbor hood事務所(じむしょ): office住所(じゅうしょ): address台所(だいどころ): kitchen所(ところ): place
readingExamples 所 (ところ)
Tags JLPT_3 Jouyou_3

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on 1529886484
The most convenience RTK PREMADE DECK with nice layout deisign for each card.
on 1529813812
great deck
on 1529772988
Thank you for sharing! Will attempt the 97-day challenge...*shivers*
on 1529531498
This deck has everything I need for learning, but the article that links from here to NihongoShark is an amazing and inspiring article. Awesome! Thanks, Niko!
on 1529145206
Best deck ever. It's really well made and fits perfectly into my studies
on 1528156800
Thanks for sharing, amazing deck ! :)
on 1527724800
Pretty good. Too anyone looking to learn how to pronounce the characters and learn an extra 800 for a total of 3,000 kanji, Heiseg has 2 more books. Only complain would be that the app doesn't go out of it's way to introduce new primitives if they are not kanji on their own. I found a good page for that though: http://rtkelements.blogspot.com. 頑張って(がんばって)
on 1527379200
So glad I don't have to create these cards myself!
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on 1526169600
The basis to any good kanji deck.
on 1525651200
Well made list
on 1525132800
Amazing g
on 1525046400
Very complete and good commentary.
on 1524528000
Perfect. Read the guide on Nihongoshark if you're confused on how to use this deck (as some people who wrote reviews clearly haven't...)
on 1524441600
Great instructions and layout!
on 1524441600
Amazing job with a lot of work put into it. Kudos for making it available!
on 1524096000
great deck. don't know why it is kanji to keyword but easily changable.
on 1523577600
Amazing deck with lots of information: key words, stroke order, readings, examples of usage in words with translations etc. Easily adjustable to whatever one is looking for (previous reviews contain guidance how to do it, for people who are not well familiar with Anki yet). This is a perfect deck to study kanji that I was looking for!
on 1523491200
So I uploaded it to my ankiweb acc and when I try to study I get a lot of N1 kanji even tho I just started of can I change the order somehow on what kanji appear first? And for changing the things that are visible on the flash card, do I have to use the Anki application or can I somehow change it in ankiweb? I want to be able to see the on and kunyomi readings on the back of my card which isn’t the case atm
on 1523491200
A detailed, well thought out deck. Great work Niko and team!
on 1523491200
Very detailed and perfect implementation of Heisig learning mechanism.
on 1522540800
This is great. Just do the customizations other commenters mention and you're all set.
on 1522454400
Simply awesome! Saves me the time of having to look up all that information...
on 1522368000
simple, full, customisable. rich with data
on 1522368000
Overall its a good deck, but it lacks cards for primitives that aren't also a kanji.
on 1521763200
Very useful and well organized
on 1519948800
The deck is well constructed, easy to understand and very useful.
on 1519430400
I love it! Thx niko :DD
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on 1518566400
The breakdown of the characters and spaced repetition makes it definitely one of the most efficient ways to learn kanji, all while being free.
on 1516579200
Everything you need!
on 1516406400
Only one word, PERFECT.
on 1514764800
It's a good deck, but u guys should review the stroke order of kanji on it
I haven't look all cause i'm on the beginnig of the deck, but the convex kanji (凸) is wrong for example
on 1514678400
Thank you for sharing this deck! It is very helpful. I haven't finished all of the Kanji but studying it through this method is effective. I can recognize characters I haven't seen after weeks/months and I can guess the meaning of a few words based on the meaning of the individual Kanji it is composed of (yes, just a few as of the moment because I stopped studying for some time and I am not yet finished with this deck). It requires much effort at first but I have learned more Kanji this way than when I tried the traditional method of memorizing the onyomi, kunyomi, and stroke order.
on 1514073600
Perfect for learning the kanji
on 1513728000
Ugh. DOES NO ONE READ THE BOOK!??!? English on FRONT, THEN 漢字 on back. If you don't fix this before using this deck, YOU WILL ONLY LEARN HOW TO READ, AND NOT WRITE. You need to be able to think of a keyword then summon up the 漢字 from memory in the real world in order to write, right??? RIGHT?!?!? Am I the only one who saw Heisig mention this? What are you gonna do when you can only interpret 漢字 already written on the front page for you?? Great, you can read. Now go write it on a blank page with no 漢字 in front of you, and all you have is the ENGLISH KEYWORD you want to translate. THE READING WILL BE LEARNED IMPLICITLY, ONLY DO ENGLISH KEYWORD-->漢字!!!! Infuriating. It's not like Heisig said repeated this numerous times in his freaking book or anything.

Let me repeat that (yes, again) for the poor old folks stumbling their way into this deck... Heisig, the guy this and several other decks were basically made over, the guy who makes this whole Kanji process a fun, seamless endeavor would absolutely facepalm at the practice of only going Kanji->ENG. Think about it; if you know how to write, you MUST know how to read; if you have the kanji in memory that's triggered by the english keyword FIRST, you HAVE to recognize the 漢字 by its lonesome out in the wild. But if you JUST know how to read the kanji and translate it to a keyword, it is NOT guaranteed that you know how to summon the stroke order & character for a particular meaning from memory. PLEASE, fix this before actively using this deck. (see below)

Woo... I've cooled down... You can go to 「Browse」 then select the deck, then click "Cards.." and ensure the Front Template contains {{keyword}} and not {{kanji}} ... still, people who aren't particularly tech-savvy may have trouble figuring that out, that is, you know, for the people who actually READ Heisig's advice.

Okay, I'm using the deck now. The stroke order pictograms are very nice; they seem to actually be images, so they will show up on mobile just fine (I've used previous decks where the stroke orders weren't appearing on mobile for some reason). In order to see the Heisig story on the back, you'll AGAIN have to edit the card templates where it says "Uncomment to see Heisig story".... ((do people who don't code even know what "Uncomment" or the syntax for comments in HTML are? Bleh. Any fellow programmers out there however, it should be a cakewalk.))

FINALLY, a deck where the order seems to be in-line with Heisig's order (so far). Whew. No other deck seemed to truly do this. You sir, have deserved a thumbs up for this alone (despite my internet autism rage above). This is MUCH more painless as I don't have to edit/delete/guess cards that shouldn't be appearing yet.

And I gotta say... The format looks really pretty :) (but now I'm just getting starry-eyed)
on 1513209600
This is a remarkable deck, I never thought I could learn so many kanji in so little time, especially being a full-time college student. I only have a few hundred left to study, and I feel like it takes practically no brain power to remember each card because the methods used are so efficient and fun! Thank you so much for making this awesome deck, without it I might never have learned all these beautiful kanji!
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on 1513036800
Excellent deck, helped me get through RTK in 3 months.
on 1511222400
I give this deck 3/5
in ' my story ' is blank and you hve to fill them yourself by copying from koohistories.. this WASTE so much time that can be used for learning..

edit: 3/5 > 4/5 (this should be green thumb but I still make red thumb so everyone can read my complains >.>)
after reading other reviews I found out you can modify the card so it can do reverse review (KanjitoKeyword) or download "Anki Advanced Copy" addon to copy the content of fields to another fields.. but it can only be done using computer.. when I first using this deck I'm using Ankidroid and been using it for 1 month++ before I installed Anki on my PC.. yeah, still the wasted time and configuring.. if only nihongoshark said something in the description tho..
on 1511222400
To all of the negative reviews saying it doesn't teach you the reading - that's not true. You can turn on the OnYomi and KunYomi for every card without having to do it individually by going to Card Options and Add Field. Scroll down until you see options for the reading and you can add it to the front or back card. I've personally added both to the front and back of my cards. There are plenty of options to display a ton of information that the author has provided (My Story, Koohi Story, Heisig Story, Heisig Comments, Strokes, Readings, Links, etc.).
on 1510790400
Really helpful
on 1510617600
Great deck!

Admittedly I've only gone through 180 kanji through 6 days worth of studying, but so far it's been pretty great. The fact that the deck has not only the Heisig story + comments but also the usually much better Koohii stories to contrast to them has been great... particularly when I'm drawing a blank for coming up with a 'MyStory'.

To the uninitiated- that it, to those who didn't come here from https://nihongoshark.com/learn-kanji/- then I'll just say this: if you want a solid deck for Japanese study, one that not only shows you the kanji in the easiest order but also gives you a good variety of mneumonics to help with the memorization process, pick THIS one up specifically for your kanji study. You won't go wrong :)

11/13 Update: I AM A CRAZY PERSON: I've learned 712 kanji in 22 days 0_0 ....well, 'learnt' in a manner of speaking; I have only 54 'mature' cards, and the rest are 'young and learning', but I digress. Moreover, my mission is to learn 31 Kanji every day; what is the reason for this insanity? To learn all the kanji (or at least be 'young and learning' all the kanji') by the new year: before January 1st. Still, no regrets so far, and the deck has proved very effective for my learning: I find the Koohii stories included in the deck particularly useful, as 75% of the time they're better then any stories I try coming up with. So yeah, this still comes recommended: hopefully I can give you a more complete review once it's over :)
on 1509148800
Need help in customization

I would like to review all the Kanjis for JLPT N4 and JLPT N3. Can someone please help me out.
on 1496880000
Actually the best and most complete deck about Kanji

I have to thank the author for the hard work of putting everything together.
But my review is actually addressed to negative reviews, that are based upon ignorance about the Anki app:
(1) all cards HAVE info about the kun/on-yomi readings, and you CAN show it indeed.
(2) you DO NOT NEED go to the Edit page if you want to see all the stories each time you flip a card.
(3) with some step you could also modify it so to be a keyword -> kanji deck (or onyomi -> keyword, or everything you want)

Anki is a highly-customizable tool, with a lot of features and wonderful add-ons you could explore; here I'm going to explain how to implement just these 3 simple changes.
Go to "browse" and select this deck (on the left). You see all the fields? (id/frameNoV4/frameNoV6/keyword/....) These are all info about cards, a lot of info... but not everything has been chosen to show up when you flip cards. However you can modify this behavior in 2 simple steps.
Let's say you want to train kun/on-yomi readings:
it is sufficient to click on the "Cards..." button and you'll see the HTML code to format front and back of cards; in the "back template" window you can simply uncomment the lines about kun/on readings, and also stories if you want (a comment starts with "<!--" and ends with "-->").
This changes apply to the format of all the cards, and can be done very quickly.
The 3-rd point need a little more effort: basically you need to download the "Create Copy of Selected Cards" Add-On ( https://ankiweb.net/shared/info/787914845 ) and copy this deck to a new deck I'll call the "Inverse", so that your old deck is untouched.
Now you can browse to the Inverse deck, click the "Cards..." button, and swap the content of the "Front Template" with that of the "Back Template" windows, making sure to *comment out* everything except the keyword (or everything you want to keep).
That's all, ガンバレ!
on 1496275200
the never ending story

I went through all 2200 Kanji and made flash cards of every single one. This took forever, but it was so helpful on my beginning of learning this system. Thank you! :)
on 1494633600

thank you for your efforts. helped me a lot. looking forward to use it.
on 1494547200
so good

so good so good i fell good yeahhh
on 1485820800
Started this deck !

So far so good!
This is my first time trying RTK and it's been fun so far.
I'm not sure why people give bad reviews when it says "it's used with the instructions from nihongoshark". People need to read before reviewing ' -'
Anyway, anyone knows which edition of RTK I need for this deck? I assume the 6th edition but I want to be sure.
on 1484006400
Deck skips several kanji.

This Deck is just great and easy to customize. I reached halfway the 2200 kanji in about 2.5 months. In the meantime to got the Heisig RTK book and I will take a break in order to only review the first half of the deck before going forward.

However I have 2 questions to ask.

1. Regarding my earlier question about the Deck skipping Kanji's when there is a greater number than 2200 in the Field of *frameNoV4*, I figured out a way to reposition the due order of the Cards and avert to problem. But I still do not know why the skipping occurred in the first place.

2. Regarding my second question about wanting to make a list or deck of the primitives of RTK from the NihongoShark.com Kanji Deck and the Heisig RTK1 V6 book, I came across this RTK1 V6 chart: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1Z0BUSie8wh0JqlUejezs3EqauJuF-zKEomOQnqm9J08/edit?pref=2&pli=1#gid=0 which may function as base to set up my list of primitives and related meaning.

Both the RTK method and this Deck are excellent ways to attempt conquering the Kanji. Thanks.
on 1481846400
Pretty good

I had some difficulties along the way but I'm almost done, and it works really well for me.
on 1476662400
As a response to the comment below

All the points you talked about in your comment is explained in the site given in the description of this deck (https://nihongoshark.com/learn-kanji/) - You're not supposed to use this deck without looking at that first.
on 1470960000
Its very bad

Worst.kanji have many meaning but why you only add just one meaning each kanji.and when you want to read kohii story you must see it from edit deck,its so annoying. moreover i still cant remember some/lots kanji even review it 10 times.so this flashcard not worth for learning kanji
on 1470096000
Early Days...

...but the deck seems to be working for me. Using the Heisig stories have helped to remember some of the more abstract Kanji and I've managed to guess the meaning of a few brand new characters first time.
on 1463961600
The deck seems good, especially after enabling the stories in the card settings. However, there's only mnemonics for understanding the kanji, but not for the kun- and onyomi readings. If those were included as well, this deck would be perfect for learning Kanji.
on 1461801600
Lots of useful info, good deck

Each card contains the kanji, keyword, stroke order diagram, example words, plus the Heisig story and the top two stories of koohii.
If I could give any advice about using this deck, it would be to modify the front of the cards to display the keyword instead of the kanji, and do your reviews by writing the kanji down from memory. This is how Heisig says to study, I predict trouble down the road if you can't produce the kanji you learn from memory.
on 1458950400
Great Deck!

So I really love this deck, & it's helped me a lot.

Thanks to the guy who claimed everyone besides them is a "shill", but they are full of it. The deck is legit.

They are, however, correct in that it does not have the kun/on(pronunciation). It's actually on purpose. It's meant to show you the meaning, so you can learn the kanji that way. It is laid out and explained in depth if you simply follow the link in the information above. So yeah, that explained that.

That being said, however, I am giving it 4 out of 5 stars because I think that the pronunciation should still be there, if only as an optional addition to this deck.

Myself, I intend to simply continue putting it in the "myStory" section as I go along/learn new kanji. While it'd be nice if it was already done(like I said, hence it being 4 instead of 5 stars imho), it really doesn't take long at all to put it in myself, & in fact I find it sticks in my head better when I go out of my way to look it up and ensure it's the correct meaning via cross-referencing. Guess what - learning takes time. & that's okay. Things aren't always gonna be laid out perfectly for you. That doesn't mean this deck is useless, & it certainly doesn't deserve a crap rating. But hey that's just my opinion. So ultimately, that's what it boils down to. & you're entitled to yours as well. But since someone else decided to share theirs, I figured a rebuttal was only fair. :P

Again, not a shill. Just a person who found this very helpful - even if it's not perfect. I recommend it for anyone trying to learn Japanese, for sure. But I also must recommend reading the link provided in the information at the top of this page. Also, if you are like me & want to know how to say the word you're looking at in your target language, instead of just learning the /meaning/ of it & then learning how to say it later on, then I suggest doing what I did(putting that info in yourself as you go along, I mean - you only need to fill it in once for each card/kanji, & you're good to go from that point on).

Thank you for making this deck, Niko. This & a lot of other study material. It's been a huge help!

PS: They say kun is more day-to-day important/useful than on, so if you only are gonna put in one, make it the kun pronunciation. At least, that's what I would do if I had to choose. On is only used when it's strictly kanji put together to make special "bigger" words, that are akin to using "big words" in english. That is, while you can do it, too much will just make you sound pompous & isn't really needed to fully understand the language & speak on a native level. Again, I am not a teacher nor am I Japanese myself, so this is just peer-to-peer advice you're getting. Good luck, strangers!
on 1458777600
Great deck, but...

Unless you're worried about quitting, doing it keyword->kanji is a better use of your time. It is certainly easier to get started the reverse way, but several who tried this shortcut found it made their memory of the kanji fuzzier in comparison.

See here for more on this issue: http://forum.koohii.com/thread-11652.html
on 1457049600
Terrible deck

Ignore the 5 star reviews those are all shills. This deck only gives you the meaning for the kanji, it doesn't tell you how to read them. You have to click a link to go to a website if you want to see the reading, it's extremely inefficient to have to do that repeatedly for literally every f*cking one.
on 1452988800

I went from only knowing a few hundred kanji to knowing 2200, and all over the course of a few months! Now I'm compiling huge vocabulary lists from light novels since learning new vocab is now 100 times easier!
on 1452902400

Loving this deck! I'm new to all of this, but can now recognise over 100 kanji thanks to this deck :) It's only been a few days, so I'm very happy with that result. I'd recommend reading the linked article at nihongoshock as well
on 1452038400

This is the best method I have used to learn Kanji! I'm at around ~700 kanji right now and have about a ~90% retention rate. Though you don't need the book 'Heisig's Remebering the Kanji' (I'm not using it) it could be nice to have, both to support Heisig and to get a better grasp of the primitives.
on 1449532800
Makes learning kanji much easier than traditional methods

This deck was a lifesaver. Previously I was using memrise to learn all the jouyou kanji in the order that Japanese students learn them. However, this is a TERRIBLE idea, mainly because the order is based on how difficult the idea that the kanji conveys is rather than the amount of strokes.. For foreign learners of Japanese, it is much better to start with kanji with few strokes (as well as radicals) and learn their meanings (even though some are quite obscure, like gall bladder). Then kanji with many strokes become much easier because you can just look at the radicals within them and create a mnemonic to help yourself remember it. This is the method that this deck uses and it was very helpful. It took me around 4 months to complete and I now know the meanings of 2,200 kanji with around a 90% retention rate.
on 1443657600
Very useful

It's a great way to approach Kanji, with lots of content and an intuitive order.
on 1442448000
Great effort taken right here

Thank you so much for this! Day after day I'm getting better at this, also thank you a lot for introducing me to Anki! Best study tool I ever used!
on 1441324800
Almost perfect!

Very helpful, but definitely use in addition to the Remembering the Kanji book, not just instead of. This deck doesn't include the primitives.
on 1438300800
Very helpful

It definitely helps me learning the meaning of the Kanji. Many information and fun to study. thanks !
on 1423526400
Looks the same as https://ankiweb.net/shared/info/1434761610.