Sentence Cards: Study in Context

Hi all!

I’ve been using Kitsun.io for a little while, but have only recently really hit my stride by changing my study strategy. Instead of simply practicing the words I want to study in isolation, I’ve instead focused on understanding them in context using sentence cards I created. This has helped me to better understand how words are used in Japanese (rather than simply translating them into English), as well as increased both my accuracy and speed.

I created two layouts for recalling words’ reading and meaning through optional sentences. I also used the spoiler feature so I could practice recalling words without sentences when I felt confident I had mastered their meaning. While only a very simple edit of the base Japanese cards, I wanted to share them here in case anyone else finds them useful.

This is what they look like (the back is the same as the standard card):

Sentence -> Reading

Front

<div class="full_wrap">
  <div class="main_wrap">
    <p class="nomarg">{{Vocabulary}}</p>
    <p class="subtitle blur">{{Sentence}}</p>

  </div>
  <div class="input_wrapper"> 
    <div class="prompt_color">
    </div>
  {{type-ja:Readings[Reading]}}
  </div>
<div class="tags">
    {{#Part of Speech}}{{tags:Part of Speech}}{{/Part of Speech}}
</div>
</div>

Back

<div class="full_wrap">
 <div class="main_wrap">
    <p class="nomarg">{{Vocabulary}}</p>
    <p class="subtitle">{{Sentence}}</p>

  </div>
  <div class="input_wrapper"> 
        <div class="prompt_color">
    </div>
  {{type-ja:Readings[Reading]}}
  </div>
<div class="audio_wrap">
  {{Audio}}
</div>

 <div class="content_wrap">
   
      <div class="extra_wrap full">
      <div class="extra_header"><p>Vocabulary</p></div>
<p>{{Vocabulary}}</p>
         <p></p>
    </div>
   
       <div class="extra_wrap full">
      <div class="extra_header"><p>Readings</p></div>
<p class="highlight">{{Readings}}</p>
    </div>
   
       <div class="extra_wrap full">
      <div class="extra_header"><p>Meanings</p></div>
<p>{{first:Meanings}}</p>
         <p class="alt_meanings">
           {{rest:Meanings}}
         </p>
    </div>
   
    <div class="extra_wrap full">
      <div class="extra_header"><p>Sentence</p></div>
<p class="furi">{{furigana:Sentence}}</p>
    </div>
          <div class="extra_wrap full">
      <div class="extra_header"><p>Notes</p></div>
<p>{{Notes}}</p>
<p>{{usernotes}}</p>
    </div>
  </div>
<div class="tags">
  {{#Part of Speech}}{{tags:Part of Speech}}{{/Part of Speech}}
 {{#Frequency}}{{tags:Frequency}}{{/Frequency}}
  
</div>
  </div>

Styling

background:var(--background);
.full_wrap{
  overflow: auto;
display: inline-block;
width: 100%;
}
.content_wrap{
  animation: fadeInUp 1s ease;
width: 60%;
  margin: auto;
  text-align: left;
  
    display: flex;
    flex-wrap: wrap;
    flex-direction: row;
}
.extra_wrap{
  width: calc(50% - 40px)	;
  padding: 20px;
  .extra_header{
    p{
      font-size: 1.2rem;
      color: var(--alt);
      margin: 0px;
    }
  }
  p{
    color: var(--dark-text);
    font-size: 1.4rem;
    margin-top:7px;
    margin-bottom: 0px;
  }
  .alt_meanings{
  font-size: 1rem;
    margin-top: 5px;
}
}
.full{
  width: calc(100% - 40px);
}
.main_wrap{
  p{
    font-size: 3rem;
    font-size: 10vmin;
    color: var(--primary);
  }
}
.input_wrapper{
    display: flex;
  flex-direction: column;
  justifiy-content: center;
  align-content: center;
  align-items: center;
  width: 100%;
#typeans_wrapper{
  box-shadow: var(--cardshadow);
  width: 60%;
  height:50px;
#typeans{
  background: var(--input-bg);  
  color: var(--white-text);
  border: none !important;
  border-bottom-left-radius: 5px;
  border-bottom-right-radius: 5px;
  height:50px;
      text-align: center;
    font-size: 1.2rem;
 
}
  #typeans::placeholder {
  color: var(--white-text);
}
  #nextans{
    height:51px;
    line-height:51px;
    right: 0px;
  }
    i{
      height: 51px;
      line-height: 51px;
    color: var(--white-text) !important;
  }
}
}
.tags{
  display: flex;
  flex-direction: row;
  width: calc(100% - 40px);
  padding: 20px;
  justify-content: center;
  flex-wrap: wrap;
}

.audio_wrap{
  display: flex;
  width: 100%;
  flex-direction: column;
  justify-content: center;
  margin-top: 20px;
  margin-bottom: 20px;
}
.audio_wrapper{
      width: unset;
    border-radius: 5px;
    padding-left: 10px;
    padding-right: 10px;
    background: var(--light);
}
.audio_wrapper::after{
  content: 'Play Audio';
    font-size: 1.2rem;
    width: 100%;
    color: var(--dark);
    display: inline-block;
    margin-left: 10px;
}
.tag{
      background: var(--primaryTrans);
    padding: 6px 10px;
    border-radius: 5px;
    color: var(--primary);
  margin: 5px;
}
rt{
  visibility: hidden;
  color: var(--intermediate);
      user-select: none;
}
.furi:hover{
  rt{
    visibility:visible;
  }
}
.prompt_color{
  height: 4px;
  background: var(--novice);
  width: 60%;
  border-top-right-radius: 5px;
  border-top-left-radius: 5px;
 
}
.prompt_color.meaning{
    background: var(--beginner)
  }
.prompt_color.english{
    background: var(--master)
  }
.subtitle{
  font-size: 1.2rem !important;
}
.nomarg{
  margin-bottom: 0px;
}
@media only screen and  (max-width: 1000px){
  .content_wrap{
    width: 90%;
    padding: 0px;
  }
  .main_wrap{
    p{
      font-size: 15vmin;
    }
  }
}
@media only screen and  (max-width: 800px){
  #typeans_wrapper{
    width: 90% !important;
  }
  .prompt_color{
    width: 90%;
  }
}

@keyframes fadeInUp {
  from {
    opacity: 0;
  }

  to {
    opacity: 1;
  }
}
.hasBlur .blur{
  text-shadow: 0px 0px 10px var(--dark-text);
    color: transparent;
cursor: pointer;
}
Sentence -> Meaning

Front

<div class="full_wrap">
 <div class="main_wrap">
    <p class="nomarg">{{Vocabulary}}</p>
    <p class="subtitle blur">{{Sentence}}</p>
  </div>
  <div class="input_wrapper"> 
    <div class="prompt_color meaning">
    </div>
  {{type:Meanings[Meaning]}}
  </div> 
<div class="tags">
    {{#Part of Speech}}{{tags:Part of Speech}}{{/Part of Speech}}
</div>
</div>

Back

<div class="full_wrap">
   <div class="main_wrap">
    <p class="nomarg">{{Vocabulary}}</p>
    <p class="subtitle">{{Sentence}}</p>

  </div>
  <div class="input_wrapper"> 
        <div class="prompt_color meaning">
    </div>
  {{type:Meanings[Meaning]}}
  </div>
<div class="audio_wrap blur">
  {{Audio}}
</div>

 <div class="content_wrap">
   
          <div class="extra_wrap full">
      <div class="extra_header"><p>Meanings</p></div>
<p class="highlight">{{first:Meanings}}</p>
         <p class="alt_meanings">
           {{rest:Meanings}}
         </p>
    </div>
   
       <div class="extra_wrap full">
      <div class="extra_header"><p>Readings</p></div>
<p class="blur">{{Readings}}</p>
    </div>
   

   
    <div class="extra_wrap full">
      <div class="extra_header"><p>Sentence</p></div>
<p class="furi">{{furigana:Sentence}}</p>
    </div>
          <div class="extra_wrap full">
      <div class="extra_header"><p>Notes</p></div>
<p>{{Notes}}</p>
<p>{{usernotes}}</p>
    </div>
  </div>
<div class="tags">
  {{#Part of Speech}}{{tags:Part of Speech}}{{/Part of Speech}}
 {{#Frequency}}{{tags:Frequency}}{{/Frequency}}
  
</div>
  </div>

Styling

background:var(--background);
.full_wrap{
  overflow: auto;
display: inline-block;
width: 100%;
}
.content_wrap{
  animation: fadeInUp 1s ease;
width: 60%;
  margin: auto;
  text-align: left;
  
    display: flex;
    flex-wrap: wrap;
    flex-direction: row;
}
.extra_wrap{
  width: calc(50% - 40px)	;
  padding: 20px;
  .extra_header{
    p{
      font-size: 1.2rem;
      color: var(--alt);
      margin: 0px;
    }
  }
  p{
    color: var(--dark-text);
    font-size: 1.4rem;
    margin-top:7px;
    margin-bottom: 0px;
  }
  .alt_meanings{
  font-size: 1rem;
    margin-top: 5px;
}
}
.full{
  width: calc(100% - 40px);
}
.main_wrap{
  p{
    font-size: 3rem;
    font-size: 10vmin;
    color: var(--primary);
  }
}
.input_wrapper{
    display: flex;
  flex-direction: column;
  justifiy-content: center;
  align-content: center;
  align-items: center;
  width: 100%;
#typeans_wrapper{
  box-shadow: var(--cardshadow);
  width: 60%;
  height:50px;
#typeans{
  background: var(--input-bg);  
  color: var(--white-text);
  border: none !important;
  border-bottom-left-radius: 5px;
  border-bottom-right-radius: 5px;
  height:50px;
      text-align: center;
    font-size: 1.2rem;
 
}
  #typeans::placeholder {
  color: var(--white-text);
}
  #nextans{
    height:51px;
    line-height:51px;
    right: 0px;
  }
    i{
      height: 51px;
      line-height: 51px;
    color: var(--white-text) !important;
  }
}
}
.tags{
  display: flex;
  flex-direction: row;
  width: calc(100% - 40px);
  padding: 20px;
  justify-content: center;
  flex-wrap: wrap;
}

.audio_wrap{
  display: flex;
  width: 100%;
  flex-direction: column;
  justify-content: center;
  margin-top: 20px;
  margin-bottom: 20px;
}
.audio_wrapper{
      width: unset;
    border-radius: 5px;
    padding-left: 10px;
    padding-right: 10px;
    background: var(--light);
}
.audio_wrapper::after{
  content: 'Play Audio';
    font-size: 1.2rem;
    width: 100%;
    color: var(--dark);
    display: inline-block;
    margin-left: 10px;
}
.tag{
      background: var(--primaryTrans);
    padding: 6px 10px;
    border-radius: 5px;
    color: var(--primary);
  margin: 5px;
}
rt{
  visibility: hidden;
  color: var(--intermediate);
      user-select: none;
}
.furi:hover{
  rt{
    visibility:visible;
  }
}
.prompt_color{
  height: 4px;
  background: var(--novice);
  width: 60%;
  border-top-right-radius: 5px;
  border-top-left-radius: 5px;
 
}
.prompt_color.meaning{
    background: var(--beginner)
  }
.prompt_color.english{
    background: var(--master)
  }
.subtitle{
  font-size: 1.2rem !important;
}
.nomarg{
  margin-bottom: 0px;
}
@media only screen and  (max-width: 1000px){
  .content_wrap{
    width: 90%;
    padding: 0px;
  }
  .main_wrap{
    p{
      font-size: 15vmin;
    }
  }
}
@media only screen and  (max-width: 800px){
  #typeans_wrapper{
    width: 90% !important;
  }
  .prompt_color{
    width: 90%;
  }
}

@keyframes fadeInUp {
  from {
    opacity: 0;
  }

  to {
    opacity: 1;
  }
}
.hasBlur .blur{
  text-shadow: 0px 0px 10px var(--dark-text);
    color: transparent;
cursor: pointer;
}

If you create these layouts within the base Japanese template family, you can easily convert cards made through the dictionary feature with a single click. Cards that don’t have anything in the sentence field display as standard vocabulary cards.

Hope these layouts are useful! Happy studying!

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Just popping in here to say thanks for sharing! :smiley:

I like this a lot! How do you usually source your sentences?

The vast majority of words I’m studying these days are pulled either directly from textbooks (I’m studying for the EJU with 新日本語分野別 重要単語1500) which contain examples sentences or contexts where the words are used, in which case I pull those.

If a verb or something also often collocates with a particular suffix or particle, I’ll also try to use an example with that and add it to whatever I’ve pulled from the dictionary function (e.g. (〜に)追いつく).

If I want to practice a word I’ve heard in conversation, then I try to pull example sentences from Jisho, Weblio or a collocation dictionary. From there, I make sure to choose sentences that 1) I am fairly confident sound natural, and 2) use the vocabulary word in a way that is common or that I could imagine myself using it.

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