https://www.duolingo.com/christiner81

Anyone here use Anki?

Before I started my Duolingo spanish tree I finished an Anki flashcard deck of 625 common spanish words. I had learned most of them at some point in high school, but it was a good review.

At the beginning of my spanish tree, I flew through the lessons because I knew all the words. As I progress, I am seeing more new words, so I've started adding the to a new Anki deck so I can review them more often outside of this program. I think it's going to help really solidify those words that are not so easy to recall.

December 7, 2015

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https://www.duolingo.com/Dcarl1
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I do, and recently posted a number of useful links about it. Truth be told I've fallen off new entries lately as work has been busy, but it's still great.

https://www.duolingo.com/comment/11975760

December 7, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/christiner81

thanks for the link! I did a search on Anki before posting and nothing came up!

December 7, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/krirei

I have never used Anki- but continue to hear about it. As a potential user, do you have any tips? Is it as helpful and user friendly as they say? Thanks!

December 7, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/christiner81

you can download shared decks that others have made, starting with those is helpful because you can see how others have set up their cards. I personally don't need to add pictures or sound to my own, i really need the repetition of the card itself more than anything. I keep anki open and then tab over to it while i'm using DL, so i can easily add in a new card when I come across a word that I think I need to work on.

December 7, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/Dcarl1
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User-friendly: kind of but there is a big learning curve. I found it baffling at first, and programming the cards confusing. But once I figured it out I liked it a lot and found it maximally flexible.

December 7, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/krirei

Great! Thank you very much :)

December 7, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/NEGenge

I have used other peoples decks on Anki and found them very helpful, but haven't started a deck of my own, so can't really speak to that aspect.

In a similar vein, there is an app called "Duolingo Vocab Manager" that I find useful. I have a Windows/desktop version, but I think it is available on other platforms? It will automatically import your current word list from DL, and you can update it whenever you like with just a click, so it will stay current as you progress. It has a couple of nice features. For example, if you guess the card correctly, it will ask you how often you would like to see the card again. If you're very sure of it, it can be once a month. If you had to think hard about it, or were sort of guessing, you can set it for every five days. If you had no clue and it was a lucky guess, you can set it for every session. The interface isn't as clean as Anki, but, I do find it a good tool overall.

Oddly, despite having a pair of virtual deck apps to work with, I started making real physical cards when I began DL and have actually found them the most useful of my three "decks" of cards. In addition to just words, I jot example sentences on the reverse, I use coloured markers to note when words look like one gender but are actually the opposite, I put stars on words that are false-cognates, and little notes to myself when words have an idiomatic use. I find them particularly useful for phrases, for little grammar reminders, and for irregular verbs. I find it easier to "picture" my own unique index card when I get stuck. I think, for me at least, the physical activity of writing out the card also helps me fix it in memory. I punch a hole in the corner of the cards and can group them into sub-decks with a book ring and carry them around.

Hope some combination of all that proves helpful!

December 7, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/christiner81

Is there any other way to view a word list on here?

December 7, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/NEGenge

Well, if you click "Words" in the blue bar at the top, it will show you the list of words you've encountered so far, and the little graphic beside each one will tell you if it's "strong" or not. Otherwise, the Duolingo Vocab Manager app I mentioned is the only way I know of to get a full list?

December 7, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/christiner81

I don't have that link for some reason. Weird.

December 7, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/NEGenge

Perhaps we're using different platforms? I know the mobile app is a bit different than the desktop one? If you're using mobile, you can also install the desktop version and move back and forth between them. Maybe that will help?

December 7, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/Tom873317
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Try using the address directly: https://www.duolingo.com/words

December 7, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/christiner81

i use both the mobile and desktop version and from what I can tell, it's a beta thing that not everyone has access to. bummer!

December 8, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/Tom873317
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Well, for what it's worth, you're not missing out on a whole lot.... the list is long, slow to sort, and includes all the variations on every word, plurals, masculine/feminine, verb conjugations. Maybe if they're hiding it from people, they've got big plans to revamp the page though?

I think you're on the right track just making an Anki deck with the tougher words you encounter. Also, you might check out Memrise - it's a little hokey, but same idea as Anki. More graphics and structure, less customization, but a lot more shared courses, like the "First 5000 Spanish Words" one

December 8, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/Redhawk2007

I am pretty much in the same boat as you returning to Spanish after 30 years and finding I know a lot of the words in these lessons already. I am using Anki the same way you are with my own deck open in the background where I can add new words that I need more work on. That particular deck with the 625 words is very good with pictures and sound.

Premade or "shared" decks created by Anki users are available at: https://ankiweb.net/shared/decks/

some advice for the use of Anki: http://chinesemusings.com/5-ways-youre-using-anki-wrong/

Another good source is this list of Spanish words on Quizlet. I'm not sure if this is based on an official "frequency list" of the top 5,000 Spanish words or not, but it looks like it. https://quizlet.com/brian_jankowitz/folders/5000-spanish

You can import these decks into Anki, though without the sounds (instructions for doing so at the chinesemusings link above)

December 9, 2015
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