Hi!! I was the one who mentioned Remembering the Kanji before. I saw the discussion of Evernote and, while I don’t have any experience with that, I wanted to suggest Anki to anyone trying to learn Japanese.
Anki is a flashcard program that works on a system called spatial repetition - you can read more about how Anki works here. You don’t have to use it for Japanese - you can use it for just about anything you could put on a flashcard! Other languages, remembering people’s birthdays, even stuff like algebra or guitar chords. But it’s used by a lot of Japanese language learners.
Do you see the screenshot? On top I have 注意 and on the bottom I have its meaning (caution). It shows me 注意 first, and I try to remember the meaning, then it shows the answer to me. If I couldn’t remember, I hit ‘again’. If I remember it fine, I hit ‘good’. If it’s really easy, I hit ‘easy’. You can see that depending on what I hit, it’ll show me it in a set amount of time.
If I remember it today, it’ll show me it 1 day from now. If I remember it again tomorrow, it’ll show me it 4 days from now. Then 8 days, 16 days, and so on. But if I fail it again, it resets. That’s how spaced repetition works.
The card is also one I made myself - making cards is incredibly easy! You can make them as complex or as simple as you want, include example sentences, etc. If I want to learn a word, I just add it to my deck of flashcards. You can have multiple decks, and if you don’t want to make them yourself, you can download premade decks. There’s decks for popular textbooks like Genki and stuff.
Best of all, it’s free. Not ‘it says free but you have to pay 20 bucks to get the full version’, but completely free. I’ve gone through 400-500 words in 2 months with Anki and I’d say I reliably remember 200 or 300 of them. Someone more dedicated could learn even more in that time period. Please try Anki, everyone!
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