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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 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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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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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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NEW! Lesson Reviews

Today's update introduces a new simple review mode, that lets you review as much as you like. This has been often requested, and I hope it will make the website easier to use for people who are new to the whole Spaced Repetition System thing-a-magic (aka "SRS").

For the time being the new "free" review mode is available through the Progress page. You will find a Review link for each lesson. These links will take you to the flashcard review page, with all the kanji for that lesson shuffled together.

The "free" review sessions do not use the "Easy" answer, just "Yes" or "No". The Story shortcut (S key) is still available! The tool menu (little wrench icon) is also gone, since it is meant to edit the flashcard but this mode does not require the user to add cards in advance.

Because there is less information to display in the review summary, I went with a nice little grid of flashcards, such as you can see on the Manage pages. I hope you like it!

For this first release I wanted to keep things simple. I realize the flow between the pages has not been optimized for new users, nor is there a way to start a "free" review with a custom range of cards. For now, you can start a "free" review of any range of cards if you have a look at the address bar ;) (change the from and to parameters with Heisig frame numbers).

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Saving Stories For Offline Use

Member stan_in_japan shared a nice little tip on the Koohii forums:

I wondered whether I could just "save as" and save my story pages to use (almost) exactly as I do online - but whilst offline to save my laptop's battery. (Saving the Study > All My Stories page) functions exactly the same: the stories appear with no kanji until you "mouse over". I suggest showing 50 stories per page before you save - so you can save fewer times to complete your offline kanji review pages.

Forum thread:
http://forum.koohii.com/viewtopic.php?pid=176045

PS: You can of course export to CSV (Comma Separated Values) but that would require import into a spreadsheet and you wouldn't get the show/hide functionality. The export feature is mostly if you want to convert your data to flashcards in another program or run them through your own scripts, etc.
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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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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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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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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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Vocab Shuffle

There is a little known feature on the RevTK website which I playfully called "iVocabShuffle". What it does is give you a random review of twenty kanji compounds from Jim Breen's Japanese Dictionary (the JMDict project).

What makes it interesting for Heisig learners is that the kanji are clickable and will take you to the corresponding Study page. Additionally, pointing at the kanji will reveal a tooltip containing the Heisig keyword.

You could use this minimal review mode to discover words, take a guess at the meaning based on the kanji keywords (and check if you remember the keywords), and why not, use it as a practice for writing complete words instead of the individual characters.

Each reload of the page will take a new random selection out of the "priority" entries defined in Jim Breen's Japanese/English dictionary (specifically, out of 9528 entries as of writing tagged with "pri1" & "ichi1").
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A web app for James Heisig's Remembering the Kanji.
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Reviewing the Kanji is a website and forum for Japanese language learners who are using James Heisig's book "Remembering the Kanji".

The main site:

The community forum:

Official page for James Heisig's book where you can find a free sample chapter in PDF format (somewhere at the bottom of the page):