Anki Startup Guide

(and real-time import feature)

Step 1:

Download Anki:

Step 2:

Download this deck (it already has sounds included):!QIQywAAZ!g6wRM6KvDVmLxq7X5xLrvaw7HZGyYULUkT_YDtQdgfU

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:


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

Alternatively, if you don't want any media (slow Internet connection or something) use this deck:

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):

Rikaisama's Anki Real-Time Import Feature


Now, open up 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".

First of all, we will 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 "Anki" within your computer's "Documents" folder.

Now, onto the "Anki" tab. The two fields we are interested in here are:

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

This might look confusing, but it is actually quite simple. 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. The $r option saves the reading of the word (i.e. the word's pronunciation written in hiragana). Finally, $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:". The reason for this is simple - audio files must be formatted this way in order for Anki to understand that you want to play them. If you only put "audio.mp3" into one of your Anki fields (as opposed to "[sound:audio.mp3]"), then you would simply get the text "audio.mp3" on your card.

"Field names"

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

These fields MUST exist in our Anki deck in order for this to work, so with that in mind, let us now open up Anki and create our deck. Once we have Anki open, we need to click the Add" button to begin creating our deck. This will present us with a window with various options. We will begin by clicking the Deck" button, then "Add". A Window will pop up prompting you to type in the name of the deck that you want to create - enter a name (e.g. Mining Deck) and hit "OK".

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:

Once you're done, hit "Close" and then "Close" again.

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.