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Refold Japanese Vocab Deck

Introduction

Congratulations on starting your Japanese language journey! There’s never been a better time to start.

The hardest part of learning a new language is building the initial foundation of comprehension. Once you can understand enough to enjoy native media, the whole learning process becomes much easier, and way more fun.

By the time you finish this deck, you should hear or see a known word in almost every sentence of your immersion.

Whether you’re a complete beginner or you’ve been studying for a while, this deck will help you level up your comprehension so you can start learning directly from Japanese media.

Kanji Fluency

Japanese is more difficult than other languages because you need to learn both vocabulary AND the kanji that represents that vocabulary. In the past, learners would study kanji and vocabulary separately. They would consciously break down the kanji into its component parts (aka. radicals) as a way to help them remember.

We’ve taken a different approach and combined these two activities into a single process. The goal of this deck is to take advantage of your brain’s pattern recognition so that you can learn to recognize a kanji the same way you’d recognize a human face.

By using this deck, you’ll learn to understand more than 1,000 words in Japanese, and you’ll learn to recognize ~700 unique kanji.

How to Study Vocabulary - 3 Key Parts

1. Vocabulary study is just one part of onboarding into a new language. The other two parts are media immersion and grammar study.

2. When you learn a word in this deck, it creates a mental dictionary entry in your brain. Each time you see the word in your immersion, you will add a little bit more information and context into that dictionary entry until you fully understand the word.

3. Grammar study helps you to identify and understand the word in your immersion.

Make sure you are doing all three of these activities to get the most out of this deck.

How to Use The Deck

recall reading

Step 1

recall meaning

Step 2

grade yourself

Step 3

For each card:

  1. Look at the word/kanji on the front of the card.
  2. Try to recall the reading for that kanji.
  3. Click the “Show Reading” button to see the furigana and listen to the audio.
  4. Try to recall the meaning of the word.
  5. Turn the card over.
  6. Check the meaning
  7. Read and listen to the example sentence
  8. Pass the card if you knew at least one of the meanings of the word on the front of the card (even if you didn’t understand the example sentence).
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I am starting to recognize words from the JP1K deck in my immersion and I even remember their meaning, it looks like I am also able to recognize the topic, subject and object of sentences in some instances
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over 100 words on the 1k deck right now and feeling like im starting to get a hang of things! Also feeling very good about my pace as in the past, I have really overdone it with Anki and burned out after a few months. 6 new cards a day in French and Japanese is feeling very doable
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Super beginner here, watched all of ゆるキャンプ・ドラマ today and understood surprisingly a fair amount. LOTS of kanji and vocabulary that I saw during my Anki study were popping up and reinforcing my retention during the show. I ams urprised by my progress thus far and look forward to 100% comprehension!
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So as to give some feedback for the jp1k sentence deck, I am not well versed in what makes a good card or what might not, but I have to say, this deck alone has sky rocketed my comprehension, I love it so much and it is super fun to come back to everyday! I hope that at some point a separate jp2k deck comes out or something where there are 1000 more sentences, because I would really enjoy that :D
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Wow the V2 deck is insanely better than the V1. I really struggled with the V1 deck and ended up abandoning it after a couple weeks. I just couldn not recall the meanings of the words no matter how hard I tried. This new deck is completely different. THe example sentences make such a huge difference. I love how the sentences incorporate words you have already learned and they really help me retain the meanings of the words. So much work went into this deck and it really shows. Kuddos.
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That took awhile, but I've finally got where I'm consistently immersing, and doing JP1k (which you should check out by the way, it's amazing so far). I'm currently about 40% of the way through JP1k, should be finished with it by next month at my current pace, maybe sooner since I'm thinking about increasing the number of new cards I learn every day.
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The new JP1k is soooooo good guys! It is freaking awesome, love the fact that it tells you which steps to follow for every word and that the sentences are gradually created with the words that appeared before!!!(just started right now haha) I was mid JP1k v1 but I am totally in for another ride with this one
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The benefit of the new JP1Kv2 deck for those at Stage 2C+ is so underrated! Periodically listening to the isolated pitch accent for the most common words outside of immersion is chef's kiss
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REALLY digging the new deck. Seems so much easier for me to remember things having the sentences there.
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After seeing 100 words from the JP1k Anki deck I was able to read this short passage. I understood 98% of it without lookups. Nowhere near the levell of most people here but I'm happy with my progress so far. This is day 11 of using Refold for Japanese, this stuff works. Can't wait to finish the 1k deck and start immersing more and understanding what I'm listening to :D
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I've been rewatching teasing master Takagi san, which was the first ever show I immersed with when starting refold. It feels so motivating to understand so much of a show were I wasn't even sure what the characters names were the first time around
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idk if this is a win but I'm doing jp1k (half of it) and I understood all kanji from this instagram story
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I hit 100 cards in JP1K today, after missing yesterday and having quite a bit waiting for me to catch up on today. I am also <50% mature on my hiragana, which feels nice. Immersion has been a little slow lately, but I'm understanding more and more conversational japanese everyday, which is nice.
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100 words into jp1k and I'm already seeing the words I've learned used in a couple places in animes I'm immersing in. Only a few days in, and this feeling is very motivating.
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I think I just experienced my first 'snap' moment. I went back to listen to some of Perfume's songs, whose lyrics I am familiar with, but previously only knew as sounds without meaning. As I'm listening, I start catching that some of teh wards are ones I know, and I felt this weird shifting feeling in my head. They morphed from being just 'sounds' that I know, to actually carrying some meaning.
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100 words in to jp1k and I was looking through my jpop playlist and I started recognizing kanji ITS CLICKING
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I'm only 4-5 days into the jp1k v2 but I feel it's much better than v1. Something that drags your progress with the v1 deck is how easily the cards are forgotten, even if you saw them 10 seconds ago.
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On my 2nd day of jp1k deck and I'm already recognising words while watching (reading immersion) non non biyori
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Normally I keep to myself but nobody gets how progress feels unless they are also going through it. But basically I finished JP1k and now my reviews for the deck take like half the time, which is awesome. I notice a lot of words in my immersion and can occasionally understand an entire sentence. When I read its easier to understand stuff that I otherwise couldn't. I can just tell I'm making progress and I just wanted to share
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About 6 weeks into immersion and 70% of the way through the JP1k deck and I'm starting to feel that Kanji fluency, I've noticed I have to look at characters way less often to remember the reading.
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Finished JP1k today, haven't missed a day since 3rd of July, I also do sentence mining while doing this deck, Proud to say I'm at around 2B - C, I have tried turning off Japanese sub lately and it's surprising how much I can understand and improve
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I am starting to recognize words from the JP1K deck in my immersion and I even remember their meaning, it looks like I am also able to recognize the topic, subject and object of sentences in some instances
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over 100 words on the 1k deck right now and feeling like im starting to get a hang of things! Also feeling very good about my pace as in the past, I have really overdone it with Anki and burned out after a few months. 6 new cards a day in French and Japanese is feeling very doable
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Super beginner here, watched all of ゆるキャンプ・ドラマ today and understood surprisingly a fair amount. LOTS of kanji and vocabulary that I saw during my Anki study were popping up and reinforcing my retention during the show. I ams urprised by my progress thus far and look forward to 100% comprehension!
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So as to give some feedback for the jp1k sentence deck, I am not well versed in what makes a good card or what might not, but I have to say, this deck alone has sky rocketed my comprehension, I love it so much and it is super fun to come back to everyday! I hope that at some point a separate jp2k deck comes out or something where there are 1000 more sentences, because I would really enjoy that :D
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Wow the V2 deck is insanely better than the V1. I really struggled with the V1 deck and ended up abandoning it after a couple weeks. I just couldn not recall the meanings of the words no matter how hard I tried. This new deck is completely different. THe example sentences make such a huge difference. I love how the sentences incorporate words you have already learned and they really help me retain the meanings of the words. So much work went into this deck and it really shows. Kuddos.
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That took awhile, but I've finally got where I'm consistently immersing, and doing JP1k (which you should check out by the way, it's amazing so far). I'm currently about 40% of the way through JP1k, should be finished with it by next month at my current pace, maybe sooner since I'm thinking about increasing the number of new cards I learn every day.
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The new JP1k is soooooo good guys! It is freaking awesome, love the fact that it tells you which steps to follow for every word and that the sentences are gradually created with the words that appeared before!!!(just started right now haha) I was mid JP1k v1 but I am totally in for another ride with this one
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The benefit of the new JP1Kv2 deck for those at Stage 2C+ is so underrated! Periodically listening to the isolated pitch accent for the most common words outside of immersion is chef's kiss
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REALLY digging the new deck. Seems so much easier for me to remember things having the sentences there.
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After seeing 100 words from the JP1k Anki deck I was able to read this short passage. I understood 98% of it without lookups. Nowhere near the levell of most people here but I'm happy with my progress so far. This is day 11 of using Refold for Japanese, this stuff works. Can't wait to finish the 1k deck and start immersing more and understanding what I'm listening to :D
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I've been rewatching teasing master Takagi san, which was the first ever show I immersed with when starting refold. It feels so motivating to understand so much of a show were I wasn't even sure what the characters names were the first time around
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idk if this is a win but I'm doing jp1k (half of it) and I understood all kanji from this instagram story
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I hit 100 cards in JP1K today, after missing yesterday and having quite a bit waiting for me to catch up on today. I am also <50% mature on my hiragana, which feels nice. Immersion has been a little slow lately, but I'm understanding more and more conversational japanese everyday, which is nice.
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100 words into jp1k and I'm already seeing the words I've learned used in a couple places in animes I'm immersing in. Only a few days in, and this feeling is very motivating.
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I think I just experienced my first 'snap' moment. I went back to listen to some of Perfume's songs, whose lyrics I am familiar with, but previously only knew as sounds without meaning. As I'm listening, I start catching that some of teh wards are ones I know, and I felt this weird shifting feeling in my head. They morphed from being just 'sounds' that I know, to actually carrying some meaning.
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100 words in to jp1k and I was looking through my jpop playlist and I started recognizing kanji ITS CLICKING
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I'm only 4-5 days into the jp1k v2 but I feel it's much better than v1. Something that drags your progress with the v1 deck is how easily the cards are forgotten, even if you saw them 10 seconds ago.
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On my 2nd day of jp1k deck and I'm already recognising words while watching (reading immersion) non non biyori
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Normally I keep to myself but nobody gets how progress feels unless they are also going through it. But basically I finished JP1k and now my reviews for the deck take like half the time, which is awesome. I notice a lot of words in my immersion and can occasionally understand an entire sentence. When I read its easier to understand stuff that I otherwise couldn't. I can just tell I'm making progress and I just wanted to share
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About 6 weeks into immersion and 70% of the way through the JP1k deck and I'm starting to feel that Kanji fluency, I've noticed I have to look at characters way less often to remember the reading.
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Finished JP1k today, haven't missed a day since 3rd of July, I also do sentence mining while doing this deck, Proud to say I'm at around 2B - C, I have tried turning off Japanese sub lately and it's surprising how much I can understand and improve
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I am starting to recognize words from the JP1K deck in my immersion and I even remember their meaning, it looks like I am also able to recognize the topic, subject and object of sentences in some instances
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over 100 words on the 1k deck right now and feeling like im starting to get a hang of things! Also feeling very good about my pace as in the past, I have really overdone it with Anki and burned out after a few months. 6 new cards a day in French and Japanese is feeling very doable
Flag
Super beginner here, watched all of ゆるキャンプ・ドラマ today and understood surprisingly a fair amount. LOTS of kanji and vocabulary that I saw during my Anki study were popping up and reinforcing my retention during the show. I ams urprised by my progress thus far and look forward to 100% comprehension!
Flag
So as to give some feedback for the jp1k sentence deck, I am not well versed in what makes a good card or what might not, but I have to say, this deck alone has sky rocketed my comprehension, I love it so much and it is super fun to come back to everyday! I hope that at some point a separate jp2k deck comes out or something where there are 1000 more sentences, because I would really enjoy that :D
Flag
Wow the V2 deck is insanely better than the V1. I really struggled with the V1 deck and ended up abandoning it after a couple weeks. I just couldn not recall the meanings of the words no matter how hard I tried. This new deck is completely different. THe example sentences make such a huge difference. I love how the sentences incorporate words you have already learned and they really help me retain the meanings of the words. So much work went into this deck and it really shows. Kuddos.
Flag
That took awhile, but I've finally got where I'm consistently immersing, and doing JP1k (which you should check out by the way, it's amazing so far). I'm currently about 40% of the way through JP1k, should be finished with it by next month at my current pace, maybe sooner since I'm thinking about increasing the number of new cards I learn every day.
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The new JP1k is soooooo good guys! It is freaking awesome, love the fact that it tells you which steps to follow for every word and that the sentences are gradually created with the words that appeared before!!!(just started right now haha) I was mid JP1k v1 but I am totally in for another ride with this one
Flag
The benefit of the new JP1Kv2 deck for those at Stage 2C+ is so underrated! Periodically listening to the isolated pitch accent for the most common words outside of immersion is chef's kiss
Flag
REALLY digging the new deck. Seems so much easier for me to remember things having the sentences there.
Flag
After seeing 100 words from the JP1k Anki deck I was able to read this short passage. I understood 98% of it without lookups. Nowhere near the levell of most people here but I'm happy with my progress so far. This is day 11 of using Refold for Japanese, this stuff works. Can't wait to finish the 1k deck and start immersing more and understanding what I'm listening to :D
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I've been rewatching teasing master Takagi san, which was the first ever show I immersed with when starting refold. It feels so motivating to understand so much of a show were I wasn't even sure what the characters names were the first time around
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idk if this is a win but I'm doing jp1k (half of it) and I understood all kanji from this instagram story
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I hit 100 cards in JP1K today, after missing yesterday and having quite a bit waiting for me to catch up on today. I am also <50% mature on my hiragana, which feels nice. Immersion has been a little slow lately, but I'm understanding more and more conversational japanese everyday, which is nice.
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100 words into jp1k and I'm already seeing the words I've learned used in a couple places in animes I'm immersing in. Only a few days in, and this feeling is very motivating.
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I think I just experienced my first 'snap' moment. I went back to listen to some of Perfume's songs, whose lyrics I am familiar with, but previously only knew as sounds without meaning. As I'm listening, I start catching that some of teh wards are ones I know, and I felt this weird shifting feeling in my head. They morphed from being just 'sounds' that I know, to actually carrying some meaning.
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100 words in to jp1k and I was looking through my jpop playlist and I started recognizing kanji ITS CLICKING
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I'm only 4-5 days into the jp1k v2 but I feel it's much better than v1. Something that drags your progress with the v1 deck is how easily the cards are forgotten, even if you saw them 10 seconds ago.
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On my 2nd day of jp1k deck and I'm already recognising words while watching (reading immersion) non non biyori
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Normally I keep to myself but nobody gets how progress feels unless they are also going through it. But basically I finished JP1k and now my reviews for the deck take like half the time, which is awesome. I notice a lot of words in my immersion and can occasionally understand an entire sentence. When I read its easier to understand stuff that I otherwise couldn't. I can just tell I'm making progress and I just wanted to share
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About 6 weeks into immersion and 70% of the way through the JP1k deck and I'm starting to feel that Kanji fluency, I've noticed I have to look at characters way less often to remember the reading.
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Finished JP1k today, haven't missed a day since 3rd of July, I also do sentence mining while doing this deck, Proud to say I'm at around 2B - C, I have tried turning off Japanese sub lately and it's surprising how much I can understand and improve

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What's Included?

  • 100 days of vocabulary practice.
  • Authentic, hand-picked example sentences.
  • Authentic native audio.

Price: $19 USD

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