Thursday, December 17, 2009 1:16:38 AM
Anki is a a free program developed to make learning Kanji easier. It operates on the popular 'spaced retrieval' system, which has you rate how well you remembered the meaning of the kanji, and shows it to you again later or much later, depending on how well you remembered it.
I find that there are good and bad points to Anki.
The main good point is that it actually works; you will remember how to read the kanji, and it only takes a few minutes every day.
Bad news is that there is no real support for Windows Mobile devices (probably is an iPhone app, though). Also I have a problem with the way that the Kanji are taught.
You are shown a kanji, and given all its possible readings. I would rather that the readings came after pushing the 'show' button. I was unable to find a way to configure this, but it seems like it should be possible.
We are not shown any combinations of which the kanji comprises, which would be a big step in making the learning a lot more useful for real life.
There are downloadable plugins, though, so these things may be possible. I'll post here if I find anything out.
The ANKI website