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Anki is a flashcard tool which incorporates sophisticated research to maximize your study efficiency. You can import public “decks” of flashcards, such as this one.

Cards are customizable! When this deck is imported into the desktop program, cards will appear as if you made them yourself.

About this Flashcard Deck…

update 2016-07-08: fix some incorrect display of kanji statistics

update 2016-07-02: update according to recent JMdict base + add JMdict notes. A lot of definitions or even readings might change with this update.

This deck’s purpose is to learn how to read Japanese kanji as they appear in the text. As such, it includes 2000+ Joyo kanji and 25000+ common Japanese words that include kanji. The kanji are arranged by grade and frequency. The words are arranged to appear after the kanji that are included in them.

The cards include the usual information like various On’yomi and Kun’yomi readings for kanji; for words it shows their reading and various definitions (from open-source JMDict database).

However there’s also another distinctive feature: for each kanji it shows how often each reading appears based on the sampling of common words. This way you can only bother to remember the readings that appear most often and treat the rest as exceptions. You can also use this information to “guess” the reading of an unknown word.

For each word there is a table that shows which specific readings were used for each kanji in it; and the frequency of that reading. You can use this information to determine whether the reading of each specific word is unusual and worth the extra studying.


  • The words have been selected based on an algorithm. Some of them might not actually be common or worth learning. Feel free to skip anything that looks weird.
  • If you see a new word, try to guess its pronounciation and meaning based on kanji you already learned. If you guessed wrong, keep that in mind.
  • You don’t need to remember everything in the card. Remember the common readings and the first meaning of a kanji. A lot of word definitions are superfluous too.
  • Use your own mnemonics to remember the readings and meanings of kanji.
  • Remember that On readings are usually used for multi-kanji compounds, and Kun readings are used when Kanji is followed by a bunch of hiragana (this is called ofurigana). Some ofurigana is listed on kanji cards.
  • This deck’s purpose is to increase your reading skills. Use another deck to train your vocabulary (e.g. Japanese CorePLUS). There is no stuff like examples, audio, etc. in this deck because the purpose is different, and that is to make you read/transcribe kanji correctly.

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