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Just Enough Japanese

The books in the series ‘Just Enough Japanese’ by Richard Hunter teach you what you need to know to read Japanese Go books. As described in the books, he has created flashcards that help you practice. The instructions below should help you import those flashcards in different apps. StickyStudy uses human-readable text (unicode) files, so you can use and edit those files as you wish.

Flashcard Import Instructions


For StickyStudy Japanese


jej1_ss.txt JEJ1 kanji
jej2a_ss.txt JEJ2 60 kanji to learn from Chapters 2-1 to 2-12
jej2b_ss.txt JEJ2 24 words to recognize from Chapter 2-13
jej2c_ss.txt JEJ2 other words in the book, including katakana words and players’ names

Method 1: Import


You need to copy the contents of the flashcard file onto the clipboard of your iOS device. Unfortunately, that seems to require going via a desktop computer browser because iOS Safari mangles the kanji if you open the file directly and the Copy function failed to work for me.

Open this web page (http://gobooks.com/flashcards.html) in a desktop computer browser. I used Safari on the Mac; other browsers and OSs may work too. Click one of the flashcard links above, Select All, and Copy the contents to the clipboard. Transfer it to your iOS device, e.g. in an email or via Dropbox. For email: paste the contents into an email to yourself, open it on your iOS device, and copy to the clipboard there (long press [aka touch and hold], Select All, Copy). For Dropbox: save clipboard contents as a plain text file (unicode utf-8), upload to Dropbox, and select the file on your iOS device. Long press, Select All, Copy.

Open StickyStudy Japanese.
Tap the deck name (top left) to get the list of Decks.
In the deck chooser’s header, tap ‘+’ to make a new deck. Give it a name.
Tap ‘Settings’ (bottom right).
Tap ‘Import’ in the ‘Current Deck’ section.
Tap ‘Paste’ to paste in the contents of the clipboard.
Tap ‘Import’.
You should see ‘Stickies To Import: xx’.
Tap ‘OK’ at the bottom.

Method 2: Restore


In StickyStudy Japanese on your iOS device, go to the Decks chooser (top left) and tap the ‘+’ on the right of the dropdown pane. Give your new deck a suitable name (e.g. ‘JEJ2 learn’). Select your (empty) new deck in the deck chooser and tap Settings in the footer. Back it up to Dropbox: CURRENT DECK — Dropbox — Backup. Then access the backup file in Dropbox from your desktop computer. Mine is in the Dropbox folder ‘apps’ — StickyStudyJapanese — JEJ2-learn.txt. You will see some header information followed by a dashed dividing line. Below the line, paste in the contents of one of the JEJ files (e.g. ‘jej2a_ss.txt’).

You can edit this backup text file yourself if you want. The format is four fields per entry with fields separated by tabs and the entry terminating in a carriage return. This is the same format you see when you make a new card in StickyStudy Japanese. Later, when you backup your deck, you will find that StickyStudy Japanese adds information about your study progress.

Question (in kanji) {tab} ON-reading (in katakana) {tab} kun-reading (in hiragana) {tab} Answer (in English) {carriage return}

Example


石    セキ    いし    stone

Return to StickyStudy Japanese on your iOS device and overwrite your new deck with the backup file: CURRENT DECK — Dropbox — Restore

Each card will now have a link to the built-in dictionary, which has a fuller set of readings and Related words. You can add cards to a deck by saving a dictionary entry (Save) or by creating a new card using the ‘+’ (top right) in the deck‘s top level view of all the cards.

Link to help web page on Import/Export for StickyStudy Japanese.

For imiwa?


You need to get the contents of the flashcard file into a file on your iOS device. Unfortunately, that seems to require going via a desktop computer browser.

Open the imiwa? app on your iOS device.
Go to the main directory. You can get there by tapping the triple-bar icon in the top left.
Tap ’My vocabulary’.
Tap ‘Edit’ (top right).
Tap the green ‘+’ ‘Create new list’.
Give your new list a suitable name.

Open this web page (http://gobooks.com/flashcards.html) in a desktop computer browser. I used Safari on the Mac; other browsers and OSs may work too. Click the link list.imixch, Select All, and Copy the contents to the clipboard. Open a text or word processor, paste the contents, and save as a plain text file (unicode utf-8). Rename the file ‘list.imixch’ making sure you have removed the .txt extension. Transfer it to your iOS device as an email attachment or via Dropbox.

Email: On your iOS device, the email attachment may show the imiwa? icon. Tap the attachment and select Open In imiwa?.

If the attachment does not show the imiwa? icon, check the file extension. It should be ‘.imixch’ not ‘.imixch.txt’. Long press the attachment and choose Open In from the pop-up. Select Open In imiwa?

Dropbox: On your iOS device, select the file, tap the Apple Action Icon in the header bar, and select Open In imiwa?

imiwa? will open and show the ‘Importing …’
The first line says ‘Choose which list to import into’.
Tap your new list.
The list should now show 15 entries.

Notes about imiwa?

  • As far as I can see, you cannot change the name of an imiwa? list. The only Edit action is ‘delete’.
  • If you do not import into an existing list, the second item down (top folder), ‘Import in new top-level list(s)’ will create a new list and name it for you.