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Introducing inflections

Posted: 2018-05-23 | Tags: Tools New features Grammar
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Inflections - modified forms of verbs and adjectives - are one of the most complex parts of Japanese. Verbs alone have several basic conjugations, and many more complex forms, each of which can often be 'stacked' on top of each other. Understanding how a word is composed of these forms is one of the great challenges in learning Japanese.
Now Kanshudo has introduced several tools that make this much easier! You can now see inflected forms of any word with one click directly from search results. You can also now see what forms are used to make the inflected words in our over 150,000 example sentences, with links directly to the Grammar Library.
For more details on using these new features, see our new 'how to' guide, Understanding inflections and conjugations.

Read real Japanese with Kanshudo and Satori Reader

Posted: 2018-03-19 | Tags: New features Reading Partners
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We are delighted to announce some exciting new developments designed to help you with a critical aspect of learning Japanese: reading.
Our new Reading Corner showcases short extracts you can work through on Kanshudo, in a variety of genres. Clicking on each sentence in the extract provides you with the familiar Kanshudo view of words and kanji, as well as links to grammar points. Each extract also includes a short introduction, and a words and kanji section where you can study the material introduced in one place.
To really supercharge your reading practice, we’ve partnered with Satori Reader ⇗, the leading system for Japanese reading practice. Satori Reader has a sophisticated user interface focused on helping you to read effectively, which customizes the way each sentence is presented based on what you already know. The system includes over 300 articles, many of which are in series, so you can get to know the characters and themes, and reuse the vocabulary introduced.
We’ve set things up so your kanji knowledge on Kanshudo is automatically synchronized with Satori Reader! Best of all, Satori Reader has provided a coupon which will give you 20% off your first three months (save $5.40) or 15% off a full year (save $13.35)! For more information, see our how to guide for instructions.

The Kanshudo Nearly New Year Sale!

Posted: 2018-01-31 | Tags: Offers
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To celebrate the launch of our exciting new Challenge feature, we are holding a 'nearly new year' sale: 50% off Pro membership for an entire year! Only $15 - less than 5 cents per day - gives you full access to the most sophisticated Japanese learning system available. Make a commitment to improve your Japanese today! Kanshudo Pro is incredible value at full price: this sale price offers unbeatable value.
Take advantage of this fantastic offer now:  Give me 50% off Kanshudo Pro!
The big news around Kanshudo is our new Challenge feature, which we have been working on quietly for many months. Challenges are an extremely effective way to master kanji and words, based on several years of research into the most effective way to teach Japanese. Each Challenge consists of a series of games and exercises built around a kanji, its most useful words, and examples that use the words in context. We are confident that Kanshudo Challenge is the most effective system available for students of Japanese at all levels.
Take the Kanshudo Challenge now!  Challenge
We have introduced a lot of new features and changes on Kanshudo over the past year. To help you get caught up, here's a quick overview:
  • Challenge (of course) - the most sophisticated way to learn kanji and associated words
  • Kanshudo for study groups - if you are a teacher or study with others, Kanshudo has discounts and other benefits for you (contact us for details)
  • Many improvements to flashcards, including visual statistics, flashcards from example sentences and grammar points
  • A whole new Kanji Draw system to help you practice drawing kanji - now with options to 'snap' correct strokes and eliminate incorrect strokes - try drawing to see it in action
  • Grammar library - a growing reference library of Japanese grammar
  • Kanji Builder - our most popular game
  • Sentence Complete - our second most popular game
  • Sentence analyze / translate - analyze whole Japanese sentences (and get English translations) or word lists in one go!
  • Vocab usefulness - a comprehensive ranking of every word in Japanese so you can prioritize your studies
  • Integration with Kanji Map and Joy o' Kanji
  • Lots more ...
Act now! Our sale is only available for a limited time, and as you know, we don't do sales or promotions too often.
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Introducing the Kanshudo Challenge

Posted: 2018-01-24 | Tags: New features Study aids
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Today we are delighted to introduce a major new feature on Kanshudo: the Kanshudo Challenge!
Kanshudo Challenge has been in development for many months, and is the result of several years of study into the most effective way to teach kanji and words. We are confident that Kanshudo Challenge is the most sophisticated system available for studying kanji and Japanese vocabulary. Not only is Kanshudo Challenge extremely effective, it is fun, and fast.
Take the Kanshudo Challenge now! Challenge
A Challenge consists of a series of games and exercises built around a kanji, its most useful words, and examples that use the words in context. The exercises are designed to use different learning styles to help reinforce your memory in different ways. Each Challenge is unique, with a different combination of material and tests, so you can take multiple different Challenges for the same kanji. A Challenge takes just a few minutes, so it is something you can do every day.
The best way to use Challenges is to choose a current study set - a group of kanji to focus on. On Kanshudo, kanji are divided into several key groups called rings, and each ring is divided into study sets. Choose a study set by reviewing the kanji yourself, or take the Quiz to let Kanshudo help you choose. Once you have chosen a study set, you can create a new Challenge any time just by clicking the Challenge icon in the main navigation menu at the top right of any page. Take a Challenge every day to make steady progress!
Even better: Challenges build your Kanji Mastery score, and generate Study Points!
For more information, see our detailed Challenge how to guide.

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.

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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.