Official KanjiDamage deck
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Really bad taste in some of the mnemonics.
not like my review
For the longest time on my Japanese language journey I gave up on learning kanjis because there seemed to be no rational way to learn those except with mind killing bulk repetitions. This deck opened a new door and possibility for me to chase my long carried dream of being able to read Japanese. I already noticed improvements in readability after half a year of using the deck every few days. :)
* go to tools->Manage Note Types
* Click on the "kanjiDamage" note type
* Click on "Cards..."
* On the top select "Read Kanji -> Full header (...)"
* Write the following code on the "Back Template" Field:
It is definitely not a deck for everyone, and has some fairly dated references to things like the Bush administration along with some low-effort jokes such as innuendo about moms that at times feel overly forced. If time is a factor in learning "essential" Japanese kanji for reading, or studying for a test, this deck might have limited usefulness as it is ordered in a practical way instead of the curriculum style that most lists go by (N5, N4... or 1st grade, 2nd grade... etc).
Provided that a student has a good vocabulary built up before starting this deck, it can be useful to learn a new kanji and then see that it is used in words that are already known down in the jukugo. This deck at the very least provides an excellent service in that it is an exception to the way others are structured.
The Read notes don't show the full mnemonics and I had to add the following code to the back template:
This seems to be missing Kanji #670 Clique
I can't recommend it enough !
I've "created" a Kanji Damage extension for Google Chrome for those who are heavy user of KanjiDamage.
The extension allows you to "Search KANJIDAMAGE fo X" in a new tab when you select and do a right click on a kanji in a piece of text.
For more info and to download the extension i have a created a post on KanjiDamage Forum :
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.
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 deck and planning to finish it fully. :)
you cannot follow the instructions to delete the "write" cards (english first) in the android app. You must first follow the instructions on the desktop, then EXPORT your modified deck on the desktop , then IMPORT it in the android app.
Created account just to say THANK YOU to the author of the deck for the work you put in, this is absolutely perfect. And thanks to creators of Anki, Ankidroid, and the guy who devised the Kanji Damage method. Learning japanese would be impossible without you guys. I love you!
Thanks for the attempt, but it's just no good.
Alright, so literally 5 minutes after posting this I resolved my issue. After deleting the Write cards as per the instructions, I had to re-order the cards.
Hit Tools > Fields, select Number and click "Sort by this field in the browser", close the Tools window, click "Browse", select "Whole" in the left menu, select all (Ctrl-A or Edit > Select All), then Edit > Reposition, hit OK and you should be good to go! Instead of starting from Woman, it starts from One, as it rightfully should.
I'm still at a loss as to why the author decided showing English first was a good idea, but at least now you can fix what they fucked up!
Ok and a lot of information's just straight up missing, mainly mnemonics but also some jukugo for select words. Wack.
Mnemonics are done in a perfect way that you'll never forget them.
Would have prefered to see the kanji first before the English meaning though. It's possible to edit it that way yourself, but I think it's valid criticism.
I am always annoyed that other kanji decks don't contain enough information for me. This deck covers frequency of use (both for the kanji and jukugo) and labels all irregular uses. It has the stroke order in a nice colorful graphic as well. The mnemonics are humorous, in a very immature and inappropriate way. Think what a 13-year-old boy would find funny. They might not be to your taste (they're not really mine) but you won't forget them, which is kind of the point.
It shows the English meaning first which seems backwards unless your Japanese.
It should show the kanji and have you try to remember the English meaning and Japanese onyomi / kunyomi meanings.
I should be quizzed on the kanji not the English. is what I'm getting at.
now i have to edit the card format to even use it.
Its like seeing the answer to a math question and being expected guess the question itself. answer is is 6 is the answer 4+2 or 3+3 or 5+1? 3x2? 12/2?
just doesn't seem right...
The instructions above inform you to delete the "write" section if you do not need it.
But when I did that, it mixed the order of the cards, so the deck is no longer in the right order. I assume it detected some overlap with cards with the same title I had done in the past, even tho I had not done this deck in particular.
I had to start a clean profile to get the order to work, and even then it started on "woman" for some reason. Whatever. I will edit this review after about 20 hours of use.
I'm actually making progress using this deck. Makes being able to read and write kanji more palpable each day. Thank you for this.
The i+1 format of Kanji Damage has changed my entire view of kanji and learning kanji. Now, even when I come across unknown kanji in my immersion, I'm able to look at them as several separate units combined rather than a bunch of lines, which is how my Japanese class tried to teach them as...
Honestly, I've loved this deck from the start. The diagrams for writing are a major plus. Read/Write cards are slowing my progress a bit, as I'm working through both cards, but they help cement the kanji in my memory better than just Read cards would and I'm grateful for that.
I'm doing a quick "Kanji + Keyword" study, but the additional information is really useful and I'll read it on the first view of the card. Sometimes it's this information that will help make the card "click" if I have trouble remembering, though I don't mark myself wrong for not knowing it.
The pre-made mnemonics were most helpful when I first started up, as they removed the resistance towards the 'hard work' of making my own like with Heisig (RTK). When I don't like a mnemonic, I simply make my own. But for when I'm too tired or lazy to make my own, I can still keep my progress steady. (And honestly, some of the mnemonics are pretty amusing.)
I wouldn't let the "poor humour" of some of the cards prevent you from using KD. Simply hide the field and make your own mnemonics, because the gradual buildup of components will make kanji a breeze.
If you want to learn all the kanji like is recommended with RTK or AJATT, I'd definitely recommend trying out this deck. Learning kanji is FINALLY FUN.
To the creators of KD and this deck: THANK YOU!!
If you're a power-user like me, you'll come to appreciate the beauty of dividing information into fields.
And regarding his mnemonics and explanations, if you don't like them, you could use your own or you could transfer RTK's mnemonics through a deck merge based on the Kanji, it's quite easy.
KanjiDamage is a nice resource, but the "descriptions" and "explanations" for remembering characters are obnoxious to say the least and aren't helpful at all.
This deck has good features however I found the humour distasteful which put me off the deck entirely.
This deck is great, it has everything you need to start working your way through Kanjidamage.
The stroke order is a very nice add to the Kanjidamage method, if you want to learn how to properly write it too.