Creating My First Sub2SRS Deck

For my “Understand Your Favourite TV Series in 30 Days” project, I’m going to be using the Japanese ドラマ 「Rich Man Poor Woman」staring with Episode 1. You can use whatever anime/drama/movie you want.

First you will need the following:

A very popular site to find subs for Asian dramas would be here: They used to have torrents for dramas too but that has been recently taken away so you will have to look elsewhere. Google is your friend folks. There are plenty of other places you can download Japanese media.

After you have gathered the necessary tools, follow the directions used in How to Use Sub2SRS

If done correctly, you should end up seeing a new popup of the potential deck like so if you pressed “Preview” like I did.

sub2srs preview

This is a screenshot of the preview of my deck. I tried to deactivate some cards based on the fact they were either 1 word cards (useless really) or not even words…like background music -_- I don’t need any of that. I got lazy so I didn’t look through the entire potential deck. I think it will be easier deleting as I encounter them in reviews.

Anyways, once you check the preview, click the Go! Button and the program will do its magic! Follow step from Importing into Anki 2:

anki deck name This is what my deck looks like after importing the file into Anki 2.

deck q Opening the deck and it shows my first question. The original first question was just a labelling of the format of all cards. Just delete that like the directions from the website instructs you to.

deck aHere is the answer revealed. But I plan to edit it so that I only hear the audio sentence on the Front/Question side and remove the Japanese dialog. Instead, I plan to add the Japanese dialog on the Back/Answer side with the English subs.  I’m only changing it this way because I am trying not to rely on the dialog and work on my listening skills. I start the editing process by pushing the Edit button surrounded by the red box.

It will takes me to this area and I then push the Cards… button highlighted in red.

edit cards

I then highlighted the last line from the “Front Template”, copied and deleted it from that area. I pasted the same line into the “Back Template” section.

copy deletepaste

See? 🙂 Then click close and continue reviewing. YAY!

Now this is my new Q & A format.

new q and a

That’s pretty much the setup! I don’t plan to study of this deck UNTIL I have seen the episode. I want to actually enjoy the story, ya know 😛

The next entry I plan to post will be the process of using Kage Shibari. & please, don’t hesitate to give your thoughts and opinions!

Let’s keep Nihong0-ing! ^^


Overview: Tricks of the Trade


It has been far too long since my first post (ごめんなさい)and I’m truly sorry about that. With a hectic schedule and my lack of experience having a blog…well…er enough with the wallowing. Let’s get Nihong0-ing!

It’s winter break for me so I finally have some time to catch up with good ol’ 日本語. YES!


The Plan:

To work on my listening skills (my worst skill), I will be doing a regimen based on this article I found online called  Understand Your Favourite TV Series in 30 Days but with my own modifications.

  1.  I don’t plan to use the Sub2srs Anki deck I made without watching the series RAW. Yes folks, raw! I tend to go a “go big or go home” approach from the get go. Also I feel seeing any form of subs will distract me from developing my listening skills.
  2. Based on the method broken down into days, I will be entirely be doing days 16-30 for the entire duration of the experiment.

GOAL: To not necessarily comprehend everything said, but at least get the general idea and be able to shadow sentences efficiently. Shadowing is important to me because I tend to have trouble following along in dialog without subs. Seems like they’re all going at a speed of light or slurring lol xD

To work on my grammar and vocabulary, I’ll be doing something else entirely but still using media. While the use of Sub2SRS is a popular method in the language learning community, this method I read about a few years back seems very underground and not often mentioned.

 The tools:

A tool made by balloonguy (koohii forum member)that allows users to create an interactive audiobook using srt files[1] and the audio from anime/drama/movies, etc and have them sync in unison.  The balloonguy post that changed everything (for me at least lol). It’s a great tool for shadowing.

Nest0r from koohii forums was a huge promoter of the program that she(?)[2] calls “Kage Shibari”, like the technique used by Shikamaru in Naruto.

Shadow Bind Technique (影縛りの術, Kageshibari no Jutsu)

You can read more on this blog post by Nest0r on how the method works. Controlled Shadowing with Kage Shibari (nest0r).

This seems like a super long and winded post so I will explain more in future posts!

Until then.



[1] typical files for subtitles

[2] there are forum topics that claim Nest0r as female but w/e…