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Introducing Sentence Translate

Posted: 2017-11-16 | Tags: New features Search Translation
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We are delighted to introduce a new tool on Kanshudo: Sentence Translate / Analyze.
  • Enter full sentences: Kanshudo will provide an English translation (using Google's latest neural machine translation engine), and break the sentence down into its constituent words.
  • Enter a list of words: Kanshudo will analyze each word independently and provide you with the details of each word and the kanji it uses all on a single page.
All results are displayed in Kanshudo's familiar format, with buttons to play audio, view data on the usefulness of each word, or add it to your favorites. You can also click any word or kanji to get more details and example sentences.

Major improvements to flashcards

Posted: 2017-10-27 | Tags: Flashcards Study aids New features Usability Anki
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Kanshudo's flashcard system has received a host of improvements in the last few weeks. We've made some big changes under the hood which have improved speed and responsiveness tremendously, and we've added a whole bunch of visible improvements too.
Here's a round-up:
  • Speed: flashcards are now much smoother and faster ... the new experience should be very pleasant.
  • Animations: a new flashing status bar confirms with color-coding how you scored each card.
  • Statistics charts: for individual sets and all your flashcards. See when cards will come up for review, and overall learned status of your cards.
  • Icon: we've made it bolder and easier to spot.
  • Answer type: a new study mode: type one of the readings of a word in either romaji or hiragana.
  • Anki import: many of you love Anki, and so do we, but you want the integration with dictionaries, games and study tools that Kanshudo provides. Now you can have the best of both worlds!
  • Smart Import: automatically match your imported cards with words in the Kanshudo system, so you can take advantage of example sentences, answer type mode etc.
  • Updated how to guide: our comprehensive guide covers all the various import options.
  • Saved preferences: save your preferences (for answer type mode, reverse study mode, and flip animation) so that each flashcard session starts the way you like it. Modify your default preferences from your account page, and your preferences for the current session from the flashcard page itself.
  • Download / export: any of your flashcard sets, any time.
We hope you like these improvements! Our goal is to make Kanshudo your constant daily companion as you learn Japanese, and flashcards are a big party of daily study for most people. We aim to provide the best Japanese language flashcard experience available.
Get started making some flashcards on Kanshudo today by taking a beginner or intermediate lesson, or automatically creating cards from a kanji / word collection. Read the how to guide for many more options. Visit your flashcard home page to view your sets and statistics.
Kanshudo flashcards are free to use - just log in (or register) and get started!

Create flashcards from example sentences!

Posted: 2017-08-31 | Tags: Features Favorites Flashcards Examples
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Today we've introduced a great new feature: you can now tag any example sentence in Kanshudo as a favorite (e.g. from example search, the details view when you click on a word in quick search, or from intermediate lessons). Then, from your favorites home, you can create flashcards for the sentences.
Flashcards display the sentence (without any furigana or readings) on the front so you can practice trying to read it. On the back, you'll see the full reading, the English, and the usual Kanshudo display for sentences, with details of each word used, and kanji in our cascading kanji format.
Studying sentences is a very powerful way to lock words and kanji in your mind. By seeing them in context, your mind has a lot more to associate them with, and the more you can link new knowledge to what you already know, the easier it is to remember.

Our guest article on Tofugu

Posted: 2017-08-28 | Tags: Articles Partners Tofugu
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A guest article on studying Japanese by our founder, Jonathan Kirk, was published recently on Tofugu, one of the leading blogs on all things Japanese. Read about Jonathan's personal journey to kanji mastery!
"This one might be one of the most helpful of this series so far!"
Benjamin C.

Kanji component visualizations from The Kanji Map

Posted: 2017-08-10 | Tags: Partners Visualization
We're delighted to announce another great collaboration: visualizations of kanji components from The Kanji Map. From the details pages of about 3000 kanji (including most Jōyō and Jinmeiyō), you can explore an interactive visualization of the kanji with its components. The great thing about The Kanji Map is that you can explore each component directly - clicking on a component transforms the display to show you kanji using that component. And, each kanji links back to Kanshudo, so you can move backwards and forwards between Kanshudo and The Kanji Map. Use Kanshudo for kanji and word lookup, bookmarking and flashcards, and use The Kanji Map to find more kanji to learn!
Here's a simple example. Check out the details page for 漢 on Kanshudo. In the components section, you'll see a link to The Kanji Map. Click on the link, and you'll see the representation in the image at the top of this post.
Clicking on 'the husband with the grass mouth' component, 𦰩, instantly shows you all three Jōyō kanji that use it. Clicking any of those three kanji gives you the details, along with links back to Kanshudo. As well as being visually pleasing, The Kanji Map gives you a sense of how many kanji really use a component - it's a great way to 'get a feel' for a component.
Pro tip: on Kanshudo, you can search for all kanji which use a component using the 'component search' feature in the quick or details view of any kanji. For example, here's a component search for 𦰩.

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Change component list
By default the component builder shows the most common components (themselves joyo kanji, or used in at least 3 other joyo kanji). Select an alternative set of components below.

Full details of all components and their English names can be found here.
Help with the component builder
For detailed instructions, see the Component builder how to guide.
To find any kanji, first try to identify the components it is made up of.
For any components you recognize, if you know the English meaning or name, start typing it in the text area. Full details of all components and their English names can be found here.
Alternatively, count the strokes of the component, and scan the list to find it visually.
To find the kanji :
  • Notice that it is made of several components: 氵 艹 口 夫.
  • 氵 艹 口 all have three strokes, so you could look in the list in the 3 stroke section. 夫 has four strokes.
  • Alternatively, you could start typing 'water' (氵), 'grass' (艹), 'mouth' (口) or 'husband' (夫) in the search area, and the components will be highlighted in yellow.
  • Keep adding components until you can see your kanji in the list of matches that appears near the top.