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Japanese Example Sentences

8.70MB. Updated 2014-09-25. Only supports Anki 2.0.x.


Current Version: r11 (24-09-2014) Do not start the list of examples with a newline Description: This addon makes a few changes to the original plugin, the most important one of course being compatibility with Anki 2. Other changes are: Feel free to download a newer version of the example sentences database. I got the current version on 2012-12-25, from http://www.csse.monash.edu.au/~jwb/examples.utf.gz . How to use/install: Please make sure you have a field called "Expression", and a field called "Examples" (this is the field the add-on will fill with its data; you can change these in the header of the python field). You can add fields by going to Add->Fields. Don't forget to actually make this field show up on your cards by adding it to your card template (i.e. something like "{{Examples}}" on the back template) Aside from that, you need to make sure to have "example_sentences" in your model name. To rename your note type, go to Add -> Click on "your_current_note_name" -> Manage -> Rename. If you run into trouble, or just can't figure out where all these options are, send me an email. I'm more than happy to help! Contact Info: For the online git repository, see https://github.com/javdejong/japanese-examples . Apparently there's not much of a conversation possible using the comment section here, so you are free to send any complaints/feature requests using github, or send an email to javdejong@gmail.com. Pull requests or patches can also be sent via github.


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on 2018-02-24
Great add-on! Super effective, super lightweight and super easy to edit the outcome as well. I limit my examples to 2 and change the {checked} to {ok} which is shorter and less conscicuous. Wish I found it sooner, but since there's a batch-add feature it doesn't bother me *that* much! This is so perfect. Thank you so, so much :)
on 2018-01-09
This is amazing!! Add-ons like this one or Awesome TTS have the power to DRAMATICALLY improve the life of those who, like me, use Anki to study Japanese every day. I am only sad that I have been using Anki for about 4 years and just in the last year I have discovered the power of Add-ons :( As cool as this one is though, it seems that the author has forsaken it, so I really wish some programmer would change it so that we can separate English and Japanese at will. That would make it the ultimate Add-on to create sentences cards. I assume someone has already done it for his/her personal study, please dear programmer, share it with us :)
on 2017-01-12
How about going multilingual?

Great add-on. I use it permanently while studying Japanese.
But now I have decided that my English needs some brushing up, especially by expanding vocabulary.
Is there any chance that this add-on could be used for more than one language?
I suppose that finding a supply of suitable example sentences in English on the web would not be that difficult.
on 2017-01-03
Instructions to update the database

Since the example sentences database with the plugin is by now quiet ancient (4y+) and the URL has changed from the one given in the description, here are new steps to update:

1. Download examples.utf.gz from either

2. Extract the gzip archive, rename the examples.utf file to japanese_examples.utf

3. Move it into your Anki's addons folder, overwriting the old file in it

4. Delete the old japanese_examples.pickle from the same folder. It will be recreated next time Anki starts (takes a few seconds).

(With Anki closed during 3&4, obviously.)
on 2015-07-29
Good but, a bit more flexibily would be useful

Perhaps you could update the script to give us the option to separate Japanese sentences from the translation, i.e., the option to place the J sentence in a certain field and the English Sentence in a certain field, well at least for me it'd be really useful.
on 2014-12-25
Extremely useful!

I started using this app today and I can see how it's gonna improve the quality of my flashcards a lot.
I was so close to starting to do it manually which woulda been a pain...
Anyhow, sometimes cards that i have will have multiple Kanji usages in the Expression field (i import from Imiwa). They are seperated by " , " (just the comma..). The Add-On can't find any examples for those obviously and I was wondering if maybe a method similar to the whole bracket or / would work there---
on 2013-12-23
Good application

Really good application which makes my life much easier. The only reason i give it 4 stars instead of 5 is because it needs a function that would make it much better. If you could insert the sentence and translated sentence into two seperate boxes/fields, you would be able to make ordinary sentece cards, just by inputting a word. That sir, would be awesome.