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  • 13 October 2017F.A.Q.: How do I reset my flashcards?

    I added a new section to the Frequently Asked Questions : "How do I reset my flashcards?"

    This is a fairly common question for users who return to the site after taking a medium / long break. If you are going to go through the RTK book again, or some other kanji method and want to add kanji cards back in order this could make sense.

    If you just took a long break from reviewing however it's recommended to let the SRS take care of it. Decide how many cards you are going to review per day, say, 30... or how much time (say, 30 mins). Once you have reviewed that amount, end the review with the End button. Trust your memory, even if you stop all your Japanese study for half a year, you may still remember 10 to 20% of the kanji. Those kanji are better off to remain scheduled with a long interval, and you will end up with less reviews over time.

    If you prefer to start over, then I recommend to use and abuse the Easy answer. to reduce your review load over time. Keep in mind you can always answer Hard later if you were overconfident, and this will move the kanji card back one box, and to a smaller review interval, so not much harm done.

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  • 10 October 2017Today's minor updates

    The following relatively minor changes went live today:

    • Increased the limit for the dictionary lookup results. In most cases it wasn't an issue for for a few of the most common kanji there can be a lot of common words and this caused some of them to simply not appear in the list
    • The documentation now includes a section about the Dictionary
    • The "Flashcards" menu in the main navigation has been reordered to "Manage Flashcards" > "Flashcard List"
    • The forms on Register, Edit Account and Change Password pages have been improved to provide better feedback for validation errors.Hopefully this makes signup a little smoother, especially for non-english users
  • 2 October 2017NEW : Highlight entries with known kanji in Dictionary

    Today's update adds an interesting feature for users of Koohii flashcards. The dictionary lookup in Study and Flashcard Review pages now highlights vocabulary entries made of known kanji.

    Currently a "known kanji" is simply a kanji for which you have added a flashcard. In the future this may be refined based on your feedback. Should a "known kanji" also be reviewed once? Should it include kanji in the failed card pile? Etc.

    In this example, a verb made of a single kanji (plus kana suffix) will be highlighted and thus brought to the user's attention. This can provide a good example word to remember the kanji.


    In this second example the user has learned the first 50 kanji with the RTK method (index #1 to #50). The second word is not highlighted yet but once the user has learned 大 (kanji #112 "large") then the second word will be highlighted too.


    Over the weeks and months as you add more flashcards and your "known kanji" expands, and you revisit the dictionary during flashcard reviews, new entries will be highlighted.

    A key point with this approach is that any vocabulary item that is highlighted is always based on previous knowledge.

    Do you find this feature useful? How does it fit into your study and how would you like to see it improved? Let me know via contact page or this forum thread.

    This feature corresponds to Github issue #125.

  • 29 September 2017Fixed flashcard layout for iPhone 5s

    Fixed an issue today with example words overlapping the bottom part of the flashcard on iPhone 5s and potentially other phones with equivalent resolutions. Thanks Nico for the feedback. When the example word definitions are long, the area is scrollable. On desktop a scrollbar is shown. On phones, you should be able to tap and scroll the area.

    It's quite the headache to create flashcards that fit in portrait, landscape, as well as a variety of resolutions and pixel density. In the coming weeks / months I may continue to tweak the flashcards so you may notice small adjustments to the flashcard elements, relative size of the kanji and example words and such. If something is really too big, or too small, or doesn't seem to display properly please let me know!

  • 28 September 2017Improved layout for flashcards on mobile + portrait view

    Example words are now displayed below the kanji in portrait view on phone-like devices. It should look like this. Let me know in that github issue or contact page if there are any issues, be sure to mention with device you use or even better, send me a screenshot!

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    Currently I am busy refactoring things to modern Javascript. This will make it much easier to enhance the website as well as fix some issues which are otherwise a headache to solve by maintaing the old code. Keep in mind I started this website more than 11 years ago! As of today's update flashcards are now rendered with VueJs, as well as the Dictionary List. If you are a developer you can clone the open source repository and experiment with the Vue components.

    I am thinking I should update to the last JMDICT version as well. It's been a while it hasn't been updated. Since I fixed a bunch of scripts I used to parse JMDICT, back in August.. I should be able to do this soon.