Japanese flashcards for Anki

(UPDATE: Since making the Anki decks available I’ve also created an online tool for learning 64 basic Japanese verbs, which you can find here. If you’re looking for flashcards to learn Hiragana, I’ve created a complete set of free interactive learning tools – find them here at

When I first started studying Japanese I quickly found that one of the best techniques for learning vocabulary – or, in the very first few lessons, hiragana and katakana – is to use flashcards. I ended up printing huge numbers onto A4 card, laminating the sheets and then cutting them up – quite a lot of effort.

Several smartphones later, though, I’ve found that there are plenty of good learning tools – for the iPhone and iPod Touch I particularly like CodeFromTokyo’s Japanese Dictionary, which has JLPT kanji decks with stroke order and the option to create vocabulary lists. What it’s not so good for, though, is if you want to learn non-dictionary forms of verbs such as the ます and て forms.

Since moving to an Android smartphone, though, I’ve discovered Anki. It’s a great open-source flashcard application for various platforms, including Windows and Android (I use Ankidroid). You can create custom decks on a PC, copy them to the phone’s memory card and learn on the train, and it handles hiragana, katakana and kanji with no problems.

And so, having created some Anki decks for my own use, I thought I might as well share them online for anyone else who might find them useful. I’ll add more to this page in future as I make them.

Basic Japanese Verbs 1

This deck has English verbs on one side, and the ます forms of Japanese verbs on the other in hiragana (no kanji). It covers most of the basic words used in the first half of Minna no Nihongo or Japanese for Busy People.

It includes かいます, あいます, かえります, かきます, ききます, いきます, のみます, よみます, あけます, しめます, たべます, みます, きます, します, つけます, けします, おしえます, とります, もってきます, いいます, みせます, とめます, まちます, まがります, かします, とどけます and もちます.

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Basic Japanese Adjectives 1

This deck contains 20 or so basic い and な adjectives found in Japanese for Busy People 1. The front of the card is English, the back is Japanese in hiragana, in the form you might apply immediately before a noun (so たかい for い and きれいな for な adjectives).

It includes: あたらしい, おもしろい, きれいな, たかい, あまい, たのしい, いい, しんせつな, わるい, ちいさい, ちかい, ひまな, むずかしい, つまらない, おいしい, やさしい, べんりな, つめたい, とおい, おおきい, ゆうめいな, からい, さむい, にぎやかな,あつい, ふるい and やすい.

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NEW: Travel verbs and nouns recap

This one’s designed for Lesson 19 in JFBP1, and covers the verbs and nouns needed for describing travel plans. Verb cards are included in two forms: English to ーます form  and ーます form to ーて form.

Verbs included: のります、おります、でます、つきます、かかります、あるきます・

Also includes どうやって、どのぐらい and an assortment of travel nouns (でんしゃ、バス etc).

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