Core 2.3k Anki Deck (Core2.3k)

Core 2.3k Anki Deck (Core2.3k) #

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If you’re just starting to learn Japanese it may be a little overwhelming to jump straight into reading native content. Learning a list of common words can ease you into reading more efficiently. NOTE: Do not worry about the example sentences, just learn the words. The sentences are there to help you learn the word but if you can’t read them then please ignore them. This is an Anki deck based on iKnow’s Core 6k deck with the following improvements:

  • All duplicates have been either removed (if they were not needed) or reworked to not be ambiguous using the hint field.
  • Words manually identified as redundant given other words in the deck have been removed.
  • Katakana loan words have been removed.
  • Card order is now sorted by average frequency of vn, narou, and bccwj (all frequencies are normalized in the same way as my new freq dicts)
  • Removed any word whose freq is greater than or equal to 89 in ANY of the freq dicts (if a particular freq dict doesn’t have it then that’s ok, as long as the ones that do say under 89)
  • If for some reason vn and narou don’t recognize the word then use mecab to parse it into component parts, treat least frequent part as the frequency of the whole (also if still not found in all freq dicts by this point then remove it)
  • Every kana word comes with a context snippet on the hint field to make it easier. The reason this is done for kana words and not for kanji words is because kanji carry meaning (which you should become familiar with) within themselves. Kana on the other hand don’t. The result is that reviewing kanji words context free is both viable and recommended (no reliance on specific contexts, faster reviews) while kana words are better learned using a context as assistance.
  • The card styling CSS has been tidied up and the default fonts now actually support Japanese. The previous deck caused a lot of clueless people to learn Chinese variants as the default font was ‘arial’ which has no Japanese defined for it causing your system to default to something else (i.e. often Chinese)
  • Images are already included meaning you don’t have to separately download them and put them inside your media folder.

The result is a deck made from the highest quality cards, in the most efficient order possible, and as much extra fluff/non-core words removed as possible.

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Example core card