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A web app for James Heisig's Remembering the Kanji.
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NEW: Remembering the Kanji 6th Edition Support

http://kanji.koohii.com finally has support for both old and new editions of James Heisig's Remembering the Kanji books.

Specifically the 6th edition of RTK Volume 1, and 3rd edition of RTK Volume 3 are now supported. You can use the 6th edition frame numbers to add flashcards, and to navigate the Study pages. (Previously all the kanji were available in the Study pages, but it was cumbersome to navigate for 6th edition users since the index changed between editions).

If you already have an account, you can switch to the new edition in the new Account tab. New members are automatically set up with the new edition index, and can also switch to the old edition in the Account page.

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New in the Study pages: Example Words!

You can now see a selection of "priority" entries from JMdict (Japanese-Multilingual Dictionary) on any given character's Study page.

You can also use the shortcut key D to view a selection of sample words during flashcard reviews (note these aren't optimized for mobile display, yet).

I remember when I was going through RTK, I spent a lot of time looking up the characters in the Kanji Learner's Dictionary (KKLD). Having example words helps a lot to understand why Heisig chose certain english keywords, and it helps you make better mnemonics that more accurately capture the particular meaning, or common use of the character.

http://kanji.koohii.com

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The flashcard review page is now optimized to work on smartphones and small screen devices! As long as you have network access, you can now do reviews in your favorite spot :)

A refreshed design : On the desktop too the review page uses a fresher design, with larger buttons using vibrant colours to match the No/Yes/Easy answers. The responsive design layout makes it easier to use the review page in a small window, which can be handy on netbooks or laptops.

In the screenshot you can see the View / Edit story dialog uses a simpler design that fits the smartphone display from edge to edge. 

Feedback as usual is very helpful, here is the forum thread:
http://forum.koohii.com/viewtopic.php?id=12106&action=new

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The new flashcard review layout optimized for smartphone & mobile devices with smaller displays is shaping up nicely! In fact now I realize it's probably more comfortable on tablets as well, since the buttons have been made a little larger and taller.

Note this is currently in testing. The main work that remains to be done is to adapt the dialogs, in particular the Edit Story dialog, to fit the smaller screens. I think a mobile view of the flashcard review summary would be nice as well.

Please try it out and let me know if you find any issues and how comfortable it is to use.

http://forum.koohii.com/viewtopic.php?pid=214178#p214178

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Looking for testers for mobile device layout

I'd like to get the flashcard review page displaying nicely on mobile devices, once and for all.

If you'd like to help out and have some minutes spare please check out the thread, subscribe to it (subscribe link is at the bottom when you are signed in the forum) and help me out by testing and reporting what works and what doesn't.

Even if you are not using Reviewing the Kanji's own SRS (Spaced Repetition System), if you have a smartphone simply testing out the link provided in the thread and subsequent updates would help out a lot. Thanks!

http://forum.koohii.com/viewtopic.php?pid=214113#p214113
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New: Skip flashcards during review

If you can't quite recall one or two kanji during review but think there's a high probability of remembering it a little later, you can now select Skip this flashcard from the flashcard's drop down menu.

Thanks to Milo for the suggestion!

This update also fixes a small bug whereby the character pronunciation was not displayed in the "Edit Story" dialog during flashcard reviews (which you can see by using the S keyboard shortcut).

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Going (super) slow but steadily through this book.  Currently at 1317 and hope to finish up Vol. 1 by November - my 1 year anniversary of starting #RTK.  
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Vocab Shuffle using Only Known Kanji

A new Vocab Shuffle mode has been added to the Labs page: with this mode kanji that has been reviewed enough times are considered known and are used to create randomized flashcard sessions with Japanese words made only of known kanji!

This is pretty cool because it bridges the gap between the RTK method and vocabulary. With this feature you can start learning words and understanding how the kanji work together as soon as you begin learning the characters. As you progress and add more kanji, you will begin to see more and more possible words appearing in the Vocab Shuffle sessions!

Still, my advice to new RTK learners would be to focus on adding kanji at a regular pace, and only memorize words which come very easily. Think of Vocab Shuffle as a way to pick up some readings, and get a better sense of the character meanings through example words.

The two Vocab Shuffle modes can be found on the Labs page.

Thanks to the the RevTK community and especially JimmySeal for giving me some good hints to get this working. Please post feedback here:
http://forum.koohii.com/viewtopic.php?id=10012

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Introducing Example Words and Readings

Today's update on Reviewing the Kanji (kanji.koohii.com) adds a couple changes to the Labs page so as not to disrupt the current SRS reviews.

The Vocab Shuffle feature now requires a Heisig frame number. It will show randomized priority entries from Jim Breen's dictionary, but only words made of kanji that you have learned so far. Many thanks to nikitakit (Nikita Kitaev) who showed me a simple solution to do this.

The Free Review Mode on the Labs page now introduces kanji readings via example words. Words are selected from priority entries in Jim Breen's dictionary, so kanji will not always have example words. The logic currently tries to pick one On and one Kun example words. On readings are displayed in Katakana, while Kun readings are displayed in Hiragana.

I'm using an old version of the Jim Breen dictionary so you may find on occasion a kanji does not show example words. This does not necessarily mean that the kanji is rare, it may be that the words have not been properly tagged with a higher priority value.

Everytime you start a Vocab Shuffle, example words are selected at random. For reference, there is a pool of 2833 words at frame #500 (from which random example words are selected), 7963 words at #1000, 14862 at #1500 and 23801 at kanji #2042 (RTK Volume 1).

Other minor changes:
* The Progress page review links are now called "Test" to emphasize that they do not count towards progress. The text on the page was updated.
* The kanji tooltips in Vocab Shuffle now include the frame number (eg. "dream #305").
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Tiny Update for the Free Review Mode

A tiny little update today adds a section to the Labs page that lets you start a Free Review by providing from and to index numbers from the Remembering the Kanji books.

The feature is on the Labs page until it's more fleshed out, and also because it lets me release small updates, which is more motivating.
http://kanji.koohii.com/labs

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