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Japanese Example Sentences

8.76MB. Updated 2019-02-21. Supports both Anki 2.0.x and 2.1.x.


Current Version: r15 (20-02-2019) Do not load examples if maxShow == 0 Support for Anki 2.1 (support for Anki 2.0 is discontinued). 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 Other changes are: Feel free to download a newer version of the example sentences database.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: By default, 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 add-on configuration). 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) You can also set the field names in the configuration for _only_ the Japanese or _only_ the English parts of the example sentences. Aside from that, you need to make sure to have "example_sentences" (by default) in your model name. You can change the note type name in configuration of the add-on. 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 1548549380
Doesn't work with a basic setup, really would like to get this functional.

EDIT: Works on an older version of anki.
on 1547563798
Works most of the time. Sometimes pulls abnormal sentences (I used the word for pants once and it said, "Strip off all your clothes" or something strange to that effect). Sometimes the incorrect word gets pulled (Tried the word blue and it pulled a sentence talking about pink).
on 1544980271
Thank you. This is indispensable for Japanese Learning in context.
on 1542614597
This is amazing! Way more efficient than handpicking sentences and since it provides several one can always easily remove those that one does not like!
on 1533221159
gostei muito, pois era o que eu precisava
on 1528588800
Very useful when I want to know how to use a word in context. I really prefer studying words being used in context.
Previously I was searching for sentences manually in the internet, so it really saves some time for me!
on 1528416000
Thank you so much for this! Memorizing tons of vocabulary without reading any examples can be pretty much impossible
on 1519430400
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 1515456000
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 1484179200
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 1483401600
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 1438128000
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 1419465600
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 1387756800
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.