Reaching 10,000 Anki Cards

10,000 Anki cards? The magic number. Reach this and you reach the world. What does it feel like? How will it change your life?

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Founder of Jalup. Spends most of his time absorbing and spreading thrilling information about learning Japanese. On a quest to become 日本語王 (king of the Japanese language).

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Reaching 10,000 Anki Cards — 10 Comments

  1. I’m about 18 episodes deep into Nana. It’s pretty darn good. It’s very relationship-focus in a lot of ways, but the really important relationship is the (platonic) relationship that develops between Nana and, well, Nana. It’s different from a lot of what I’ve seen in a great “anime has something for everyone” way. It seems very…grown up, in a way? In that the characters aren’t in high school and people actually (*gasp*) have sex (and not in a salacious, ecchi way). It’s good. I’m doing an awful job explaining it, but it’s good.

    …are we really calling shows from 2005 “old” now, Adam? The world is passing me by…

    Edit: Now this is in English, but the authors go through the various volumes of Nana and provide commentary and analysis. It’s a much better sell of the series than I can do with my blubbering “uh…it’s…good…you should…watch…it’s good…”

    http://goodcomics.comicbookresources.com/category/nana-project/

  2. Nice video Adam, I definitely agree that after 10,000 it feels great when you do it, but it’s kind of like a birthday where you’ve reached a milestone however you don’t feel too different. Then you realize that you still have a ways to go because your goals will change progressively as you get better. Also I think that the quicker you reach 10,000 cards the less of the benefit you feel because Anki really rewards you over time and you just won’t have the time that someone with 10,000 cards has but also put in 5 years compared to say 2.

    • I like the comparison to a birthday. And you are spot on with the idea that the number itself doesn’t necessarily tell you the exact extent of that user’s ability.

  3. I’m at 25,787 cards but I’m not sure I’m fluent yet.

    I think I’d consider myself fluent when I know 20K words. I think I’m up to about 12K.

    I know about 30K English words.

    • I’m a total noob, but wondering – at ~26k cards, what *can’t* you do in Japanese?
      How much TV, or reading, etc are you unable to understand?

      Though I can definitely see that having a much smaller vocabulary can be a hinderance….I’d expect that would fill in over time though.

      • Hmm,

        It’s interesting. If I watch Yuru Yuri I can understand about 95%. Things I don’t understand are usually idioms, or some weirdly specific word.

        Then again I could watch another show and only understand 60%.

        I can read manga pretty well, but there’s often words I don’t understand, but that’s fine if I look them up. I struggle with light novels enough that its not much fun, or at least I did when I tried To aru…Index recently.

        I still find speaking difficult, because I’ll forget how to say a word or the grammar for something.

      • Michael is probably already fluent and is confusing “mastery” with “fluency”.

        Aiming for ~10,000 (I+1) should make you fluent I.e. level 65.
        Fluent means you are able to understand what you are doing without constant dictionary lookups.

      • Just to add to this, are your 25,787 cards sentences or just single vocabulary cards? Sentence cards (which take longer to create and review every single time) have a much more powerful impact than vocabulary cards.

        • 1550 – J-J Sentence
          6000 – J-E Sentence (read)
          3691 – J-E Sentence, sentence just in kana, write kanji
          2727 – J-E just vocab
          7372 – J-E Sentence, from A dictionary of Japanese grammar books (basic, intermediate 1/2 advanced), not focused on vocab, but contains quite a bit. Did it for mass exposure to many different grammar constructions.
          1313 – J Song lyrics
          2719 – Heisig and Kana

          The count seems a bit off 23K, I don’t know why :S 23K is what I get when I use the “All Decks” stats in anki.

          Anyway, yeah I don’t have a lot of J-J, but working on it

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