Anki Startup Guide

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Step 1:

Download Anki:

Step 2:

Download the Core 2K/6K deck here (it already has sounds included):!QIQywAAZ!g6wRM6KvDVmLxq7X5xLrvaw7HZGyYULUkT_YDtQdgfU
Download from the above link. Do not download the poorly formatted Core decks on AnkiWeb.

Step 3:

Add it to Anki (drag and drop/'Import File' button on the bottom of Anki window/Ctrl+I).

Step 4 (optional step for images):

Download media the deck uses (Card images):

Step 5 (optional step for images):

Unrar the media content and paste into your Anki '' folder (remember to paste files, not a folder with files). Every file should by default have following access path:


Step 6 (optional step for images):

Add the card images to the card format: Hit "Browse" -> Navigate to the Core deck on the left sidebar -> Hit the "Cards..." button -> Add {{Sentence-Image}} under the
at the bottom of the "Back Template" section.

Step 7:

Remove the review limit by going to the deck options and under the "Reviews" tab and setting "Maximum reviews/day" to 9999 (Don't be alarmed by this number, it likely won't go above 200-350 in the long run at decent retention with 20-30 new cards a day, the point is more to set it to something you'll never hit)

Step 8:

Learn. The first word in the deck should be それ. If you see a different word before that, you need to fix your settings: Go to the deck options and set the order to "Show new cards in order added".

Images aren't really required for this deck, most people don't use them so feel free to omit steps 4-6.

Retention Tips / Misc comments and common opinions (note that most of these are highly personal preference and your mileage may vary, so make up your own mind about doing any of this stuff):

Fixing fonts on Ankidroid

Kanji are sometimes displayed incorrectly on mobile devices. You can fix this by using a custom font. Download a .ttf font (available from the CoR or this torrent.) Then, follow the instructions in the Anki manual to install it.

Rikaisama's Anki Real-Time Import Feature

Rikaisama's real-time import feature allows you to quickly add new words to your mining deck. (See the guide for an explanation of mining.)


After installing both of the above, open Firefox, make your way over to the add-ons management page, locate the Rikaisama add-on, and hit the "Preferences" button to open up the Rikaisama options window. We are interested in two tabs here: "Clipboard & Save" and "Anki".

Go to the "Clipboard & Save" tab. The only thing we are interested in here is the "Saved audio" field (you can skip this part if you are not interested in having audio on your cards). You need to point this field to Anki's "" folder, which should be located inside a folder called "Anki2" within your computer's "AppData" folder (type %APPDATA%\Anki2 in the location field).

Now, onto the "Anki" tab. The first field we are interested in here is:

"Save format"

This is where we tell Rikaisama what information we want it to save about a particular word. Here is a typical example:

There is a key below the "Save format" field explaining what all of this does. The $d option saves the dictionary form of the word you have hovered over (meaning 食べます, for example, would be saved as 食べる). The $t option is used to denote the end of one field (i.e. those in the "Field names" field) and the beginning of another. $r saves the reading, and $n the definition. Finally, [sound:$a] saves an audio clip of the word (if available).

You will notice in the above example that $a has not been used alone, but rather enclosed in square brackets and preceded by "sound:". This is because audio files must be formatted this way for Anki to play them. If you only put "audio.mp3" into one of your Anki fields (as opposed to "[sound:audio.mp3]"), you would simply get the text "audio.mp3" on your card.

"Field names"

The next field tells Rikaisama to which fields in our Anki deck the information specified in the "Save format" field should be added. A typical example, corresponding to the "Save format" above, would be:

These fields MUST exist in our Anki deck in order for this to work. First, create your deck is Anki by pressing the "Add" button. Click the "Deck" button, then "Add". Type in the name of your new deck in the window that pops up and hit "OK".

Now we need to add the required fields. Hit the "Fields..." button. Since all decks must have at least one field, we will first click "Add", type in "Vocabulary" and then hit "OK". We should now have a field called "Vocabulary" in our deck, so we can go ahead and delete the default fields "Front" and "Back" by selecting them and clicking "Delete". Now repeat the adding process for the other required fields: "Reading", "Definition" and "Audio". Once done, hit "Close".

Now all that's left to do is edit the appearance of our cards. To do this, click the "Cards..." button. This is outside the scope of this tutorial, but at the following pastebin link you will find a sample which you can copy and paste:

And that's it! Now open your deck by clicking on it and try adding your very first word: 中出し - just hover over it with your mouse with Rikaisama enabled and hit "r"!


If you followed the instructions and it still does not work, manually add a new card to your mining deck and try again.