MEMS from RTK course revived

Mems are back! …well, some of them (in a way).

I took the mems that were archived a year ago and referenced the relevant ones to the entries from Remembering the Kanji course by mackrell. Not all the mems from before they disappeared from the site were restored in this way, of course, but there are still more than 13k picture and text mems for kanji characters (made by jackfrutz, alhoffmn, deltay and many others) now available for being studied again:


The recorded video snippets in this post are from an Anki deck, which can be downloaded with the following link and used right away:

Alternatively, all the source data for the course and mems can be found in the Google Drive folder, in case someone would like to use it with other applications.

There, the images are stored inside the subfolder. The .csv and .xlsx tables differ solely in file formats. In both of them, the first two columns correspond to kanji characters and their keywords, respectively. The third column stores Html-formatted lists of mems for each entry, with the names of creators saved inside the ‘author’ attribute of <li> elements. The last column contains tags indicating the levels from the original course as well as JLPT level info.

When using the deck, new mems can be created as easily as adding new items to the list. The unwanted ones can be deleted from the Anki editor as well:


The card template also provides some additional functionality, not present in the Memrise courses:

  • Ability to add hints to cards when needed
  • Option to add on- and kun- readings to the kanji (the fields’ contents will probably be filled in the future versions of the deck). With AwesomeTTS installed, the reading will automatically generate sound during the review
  • The added tags allow filtering kanji based on their JLPT level (e.g. for making custom review sessions)
  • Wrong answer lookup to check if the typed keyword belongs to a different kanji (requires this addon). There is also a special field to write the mixed-up kanji down for future reviews
  • The icon image in the top right corner links each kanji to its page on Jisho for comprehensive information on the character
  • Ability to freely write additional notes on cards


Special thanks to @Naynaynay23, who brought back the ability to retrieve the course data from Memrise, contributing in this way to this project as well. Also thanks to @Ishiburu and @johnastsang for suggesting creators of mems to archive, as well as all the people involved in both threads, helping to test and develop the scripts.

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Thank you @Eltaurus . But, I got the following error form Memrize while trying to import the .apkg in anki app on iPhone. Any idea if it’s solvable?
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Please note, that AnkiApp is not a part of the Anki. It is a completely separate app, developed by its own team, which just uses the same word in the name. The original Anki app for iOS is called AnkiMobile.

Here the import fails because there is too much data in the deck (since all the mems from the cards are contained inside it). This can be solved by splitting the deck into several smaller ones, but the real issue with using the deck in AnkiApp is that AnkiApp does not actually have support for Anki .akpg files. The import feature only tries to retrieve some of the data from an .akpg file and convert it into AnkiApp’s own card format, but a lot of information from the cards is simply thrown out during this process. So I don’t think there is a way to use the card template I wrote for Anki in AnkiApp.

If you only need the words and mems from the course and want to use AnkiApp for learning, then the better option would be to download the raw data with the links I provided in the original post and adjust the spreadsheets to the format AnkiApp understands. Although I cannot instruct you on this process, since I don’t use the app and don’t have much experience with it.

If you decide to use any part of the original Anki environment, please note, that the card template is written with the Windows version of Anki in mind. I can adjust it to be usable in AnkiDroid as well or from the browser if someone requests this. I cannot do much for the Anki Mobile, since I don’t have an iPhone (but you probably will be fine importing that .akpg file and adjusting the card template for proper display on your device).

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Thank you so much. I followed the link and got the real Anki app. I have downloaded the Ankidroid app and imported the file. It seems to be working fine.

I have one question though. Is it possible to filter the cards only for a JLPT level? Like JLPT N3 kanjis flash cards only?

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There is no information about JLPT levels in the course, but I can add the respective tags to the cards for that purpose.

Hi Eltaurus, That would be of great benefit, not just for me but for others as well. Could you please do that?

It would nice for students to filter the kanji and study for their exams.


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I’ve added the JLPT level info from Kanshudo to the deck and the spreadsheets in the Google folder. Please see the updated links in the first post.

Each JLPT level now has a respective tag, and you can use them to display a list of kanji from a specific level, to create filtered decks, or to customize your review sessions.

In the desktop Anki Tags are listed at the bottom of the left sidebar of the browser window:
Filtering by a tag is done by left-clicking the tag’s name (or ctrl-left-clicking for adding the filter to a previously entered search query).
In AnkiDroid the filtering is done by choosing “Filter by tag” option in the menu of the Card Browser tab, and filtered decks are created with “Create filtered deck” option of the Decks tab.

Please note, that N1 contains five kanji that are not included in the book (喩, 塡, 璽, 籠, 頰). So you should keep that in mind if you are using the deck to prepare for the test.

There are also 68 kanji in the course (and the deck), which are not part of any JLPT level. They can be displayed by alt-clicking the parent JLPT tag in the tag list, or simply typing -tag:JLPT into a search bar.

I’ve also updated the card template to be compatible with the latest Anki version. Please tell me if you notice anything wrong with how the new cards work on your device.

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