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Anki resources

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We all agree Duolingo is great, but clearly it's limited in what it can do. One supplementary resource I've found quite useful is Anki. There are differing opinions on the value of Anki flashcards, but personally I have found it a great tool for organizing and drilling words.

I create my own vocabulary decks, rather than loading it with pre-made vocabulary lists, and I find the very act of writing down words critical to memorizing them. It is a bit of initial work to get set up, but then easy to keep going once you get the hang of it. It is FREE for desktop use, although the mobile app add-on is a bit pricey.

Listed below are some good resources - what it is, how to set up your own decks, etc. You may want to check it out and see if it might be for you.

http://gregreflects.blogspot.com/2014/10/using-anki-flashcards-for-vocabulary.html

https://sydneytoseoul.wordpress.com/2012/08/28/tips-for-using-anki/

http://hackingportuguese.com/using-anki-to-learn-vocabulary/

http://fluent-forever.com/the-method/spaced-repetition/#.VlkUBYRh1uV

2 years ago

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https://www.duolingo.com/pont
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It is FREE for desktop use, although the mobile app add-on is a bit pricey.

It's worth noting that this only applies to the iphone/ipad version. The Android version is free of charge and open source.

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2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/mizinamo
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For those who care: the iOS version is by the developer himself (who makes money in part by selling that app; I think Anki is his main job) and so is more likely to be up-to-date than the free Android one which is maintained by a team of volunteers who work on it in their spare time.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/benny_ns
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I've been using the Android app for a month now, and I have to say that it is one of the better working apps on my 3 years old Sony phone.

This phone gets hung up on so many applications and games, but the AnkiDroid app is always smooth and has almost everything that the desktop version has, even the fancy statistics.

Only bugfix updates have been rolling out since I installed the app, but I haven't encountered any bugs myself. I can only recommend it to Android users.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/pont
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It's true (as far as I know) that nobody works on AnkiDroid as a full-time job. On the other hand, a lot of people have worked on it. OpenHub tallies 109 contributors and a total of 31 person-years of estimated work. They make very frequent releases (sometimes more than one a day) through GitHub. The stable releases only number a few per year, but this is still a bit more frequent than the iOS version.

Having said all that, the only thing that matters to the user is the functionality. I can attest that the Android version is very solid and capable, and from what I've heard it seems the iOS version is also excellent. I'd be interested to see a head-to-head comparison of the two, but I've never come across one.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/wataya
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As a heavy user of both the iOS and the Android app i can confirm that both of them are very solid pieces of software. Reliable, efficient and flexible. IMO the iOS app is better thought through and has a superior UI, but it's no reason to throw away your Android device and switch to Apple :)

BTW: usually, I prefer creating my own cards, but Gabriel Wyner on fluent- forever is selling a few very nice, high-quality pronunciation decks.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/PonyDesu
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I've been using Anki for more than one year and I absolutely agree that it's an incredible help with learning languages. Without Anki, I wouldn't be able to memorize so much vocabulary in so many languages!

I'm also in favor of creating my own cards. This way, I'm in control and can choose what I want to learn and how my cards should look like. I can give you one advice from my own experience. Try to include at least one sentence to the word. Otherwise, you'll end up knowing the word and its translation, but you'll be unable to make a sentence with it.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Queen_of_Antiva

Thanks mate. I heard of Anki before, but now I decided to finally give it a try. I wanted to download one or two decks to see how I'm going to like it. Ended up downloading ten. Well, let's the fun begin.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Arthurva
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Yep, I started using Anki a week ago as well. Its quite good, as I am finding that creating my own lists is really useful. Thanks for the post.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/DaleFavier
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Yay Anki! If you're going to use flashcards, you definitely want to use spaced repetition. Otherwise you're wasting LOTS of time.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/proinsias123

Is it superior to Memrise, or are they both basically the same?

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/psionpete
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Anki is more powerful than Memrise and the best thing about it is that you can practise entirely off line. The downside is that initially, making your own cards can be too confusing because of its power and flexibility.

PS thanks for the links, they make it much easier to use.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/DaleFavier
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I've never used memrise, but I think they're basically the same -- the basic idea is, if you get the word wrong, you see it again next time you review, but if you get it right, it (roughly) doubles the wait time till you see it again. So a word you keep getting right rapidly moves out to being a word you see once a month, then just once a year, etc. There are lots of refinements and twiddles, I'm sure they're different in some ways, but the core idea is the same.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/aokoye
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Anki is significantly more powerful than Memrise and one of the things I like about it is that I own the data - if Memrise suddenly decides to pack up shop or to severely limit it's features in favor of expensive fees (something that happened with iKnow/Smart.fm) I'm SOL. Meanwhile if the owner(s) of Anki decide to close up shop the likelihood of me being able to continue to use it for an extended period of time is very high.

That said, I really really don't like Anki's UX and it's initial learning algorithm (I've had people tell me online that Anki is for reviewing words that you already know - I don't quite buy that). These cons tend to outweigh the pros and I tend to just use Memrise. I have a feeling this will bite me in the end.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/broca23

As mentioned they both use spaced repetition. The main difference between the 2 is how much input you have over when you review- Anki uses self grading, you tell the program how confident you feel about knowing the info; with Memrise the next review is only based on if you got the answer correct, mostly correct, incorrect/didn't answer in time. You have a lot more flexibility with Anki. Also, Memrise if for learning and reviewing, Anki is only for reviewing.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/broca23

These may have been covered in some of the sites you linked, but if not, here are 2 more things I find very helpful

This was created for one of Anki's competitors, but I think it is useful for creating flashcards anywhere https://www.supermemo.com/articles/20rules.htm

How to type answers with Anki! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5tYObQ3ocrw

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Robloxian_Kitten

Great!

2 years ago