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How to create flashcards on Kanshudo

Flashcards are one of the most powerful memory aids known. To truly master Japanese, you will almost certainly need to use flashcards at some point. Kanshudo includes a very powerful built-in spaced repetition flashcard system which makes it easy to create colorful and informative flashcards that give you the ability to dig into each term as you study. Cards automatically come up for review, and graphical statistics show you your progress. We think the Kanshudo flashcard system is the best available for learning Japanese.
Kanshudo offers many ways to create flashcards, and in this guide we'll step through them.
Of course, as with all Kanshudo features, once you have uploaded your flashcards to the system, they are available on any device you use to access Kanshudo. Study Japanese whenever you have a spare minute!
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1. Create flashcards automatically on Kanshudo
The easiest way to create flashcards is to use Kanshudo's built-in functions. There are several places on Kanshudo you can automatically generate cards:
Kanshudo's Favorites function is one of the most useful tools. Whenever you look up kanji, words, example sentences or grammar points, you will see a green star. Click that green star to the item to your favorites, then use the favorites index to generate flashcards.
Additionally the Create flashcards flashcards page provides a number of additional ways to generate cards, such as by ring or randomly.
2. Import cards from other applications
A unique feature of Kanshudo is that you can upload vocabulary lists in several formats, and Kanshudo will create flashcards for you which include the familiar 'cascading kanji™' view of each kanji, enabling you to learn the word, and refresh your memory of the kanji at the same time.
Kanshudo lets you create flashcards from data exported from a variety of other applications:
  • Anki
  • Quizlet
  • imiwa? tab-delimited copy format
  • imiwa? imixch format
  • Midori
Anki
Anki is one of the most powerful flashcard applications available, and it uses exactly the same spaced repetition algorithm as Kanshudo. However, Anki can be a little user-unfriendly, and it's just a flashcard program - it's not integrated with dictionaries or learning aids. Kanshudo can import your Anki cards, preserving the current learning statistics, so you can import your Anki set to Kanshudo and continue studying with no interruption.
Anki imports are handled by Kanshudo Support: please contact us if you'd like more information.
Quizlet
Quizlet provides an export function which lets you save your cards in a format we can import directly:
  • Go to the set on Quizlet
  • Find the 'export' function: "..." icon > Export
  • Select 'comma' as the delimiter between term and definition
  • Copy the text
Once you have your text, go to Import flashcards, and paste the contents of your file in the main text area. If you would like Kanshudo to try to match your Quizlet cards with items in the system (which will give you the best experience), select Smart Import. If you would like the cards to use your Quizlet text exactly as is, use the default CSV.
imiwa? tab-delimited copy format
If you use the imiwa? iOS Japanese dictionary, you can create Kanshudo flashcards directly from vocabulary you have tagged. Go to 'My vocabulary', and then go to the list you want to use:
Menu a310ffea90256c275820ca355a82defd84b38ba740ce9dc84198639b98fddb16
Imiwa export dbef7e2f64786def56f72f41134bfd86267d235dbc81e9cdc66b06478467873f
All the words you have tagged (by clicking the star symbol at the top of any word definition) will be listed. Click the export button at the top of the screen. In the set of options that appears, click Copy - this will copy all the words in your list to the clipboard of your device in tab-separated format.
The format looks like this:
JMDICT 1213170 漢字 かんじ Chinese characters, kanji 感習道
JMDICT 1333070 習う ならう to take lessons in 感習道
KANJIDIC 9053 道 ドウ, トウ / みち roadway, street, moral, teachings 感習道
imiwa? imixch format
The imiwa? imixch format is used by imiwa? when you select the 'share' option from imiwa's export menu. imiwa will attach an imixch file to a draft email, which you can then send to yourself or edit. Kanshudo can directly process the imixch format, but you will need to open the file with a text editor and copy the text (we do not yet support uploading the file itself).
Midori plain text share format
If you use the Midori iOS Japanese dictionary, you can create Kanshudo flashcards directly from vocabulary you have bookmarked. Click Bookmarks in the bottom menu bar:
Midori bookmarks efd35e34be5321e547ddc33d0531556bf93da0f41932fc40ca904dc82ec7afcd
Midori export ab9736e9853b720f044332c628e6c45275105d1699109923ada64fa2f5c7d2af
Select the list you want to study. Then click the export button at the top of the screen.
Click Share, and in the list that appears, select Plain text. Midori will generate a new blank email with your list in the body. Click anywhere in the list, and choose Select all from the context menu. Then click again and choose Copy.
The format looks like this:
漢字【かんじ】
Chinese characters, kanji

習う【ならう】
to take lessons in

道
roadway, street, moral, teachings
3. Create vocab or kanji cards from your own lists and texts
You can upload vocabulary or kanji lists of your own in several formats, and Kanshudo will create flashcards for you. As always, the flashcards will include the familiar 'cascading kanji™' view of each kanji, enabling you to learn the word, and refresh your memory of the kanji at the same time.
To import your lists, go to Import flashcards.
Kanshudo offers the following format options:
  • Comma-delimited text
  • Tab-delimited text
  • Smart import
  • Plain text containing kanji
Comma-delimited text
Comma-delimited text, or 'CSV' format, is the simplest format if you are creating cards yourself. All you need is to put the text for each flashcard on a separate line, with the front and back separated by a comma. Many programs can save text as CSV - for example, you can store your text in a spreadsheet such as Excel or Google Docs in two columns, and then export to a CSV. Alternatively you can easily create it yourself in any text editor or email program. The text needs to look like this:
漢字,"かんじ Chinese characters, kanji"
習う,ならう to take lessons in
道,"roadway, street, moral, teachings"
The front and back of each card should be separated by a comma. If the text you want to display contains commas (as many word definitions do), make sure that entry is in quotes, like this:
Front,Back
Front,"Back,with,commas"
When you are ready, copy your text to the clipboard, and then paste it into the text area in Import flashcards.
Tab-delimited text
Tab-delimited text is just the same as for comma-delimited text, but using tabs instead of commas. If you copy/paste text from Excel, by default it will be tab-delimited.
Note: you cannot create tab-delimited text within a textbox in a browser, as when you press the tab key, typically the browser will think you are trying to move around the page.
Smart Import
Smart import is the most useful way to create your own flashcards. Paste text, with each card on a separate line, and each field separated by either a space, comma or tab. Kanshudo will take the first word or kanji on each line of your text, and try to match it up with a kanji or word in our system. If we're successful, the flashcard will automatically contain all the details you'd see if you'd created the flashcard by using our favorites function. If not, we'll just use your text, putting everything apart from the word itself on the back of the card.
Note: you can use smart import with just a list of words or phrases, one per line. No need to add meanings or readings!
Note: each line must contain only one type of delimiter (space, comma, tab)! If it contains multiple types, Kanshudo may not be able to identify the word.
Plain text containing kanji
Kanshudo allows you to paste plain text (which you can copy from any web page, ebook, email etc, or just write yourself). Kanshudo will analyze your text and create one flashcard for each kanji found - all other characters will be ignored. The front of the card will be the kanji; the back will will be automatically generated by Kanshudo. You can paste up to 500 characters at a time, and we will add up to 100 flashcards each import.
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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.
Example
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.