My Tinycards deck - German animals

Hallo Leute,

So I've decided to give TinyCards a go. It's kind of ok though I wish it was a bit more robust.


  • Easy to use
  • Ability to add images and sounds to the cards
  • Top notch graphs


  • No stats
  • Lessons are too short
  • I could do without the smiling cards... but maybe that's just because I'm an adult.
  • Lack of quality control

In conclusion, nice but lots of room to improve.

Anyway, here's the deck I've created:

Eventually more animals than you'll ever need but at least you'll be more qualified if you ever end up working at a German zoo. :)

Feel free to report any errors I've made.


1/8/2018, 2:22:48 PM

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Nice deck, I like that there are much more animals than in the Duolingo animals lesson.

With Tinycards, I also like that it is easy to use, but I would like to have more options: If I add two facts on one side of a card (top and bottom) I cannot set the top to be asked and the bottom to be there only as a comment.

And I cannot comment on other people's decks if they made mistakes.

1/8/2018, 3:03:05 PM

I thought about adding pictures to the cards but I've imagined people thinking "is that a gazelle or an antelope?"... "a parakeet or a canary?"... a "mouse or a hamster?" so I've ultimately decided to use the English names only.

Of course I've also left out animals like Dove, Alligator, Toad, Bison or Tortoise because their close relatives Pigeon, Crocodile, Frog, Buffalo and Turtle would suffice and are more widely used.

Glad you've liked it

1/8/2018, 7:02:11 PM
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I created a small deck of animals (in Irish) with pictures, and I turned off "Enable typing questions" in order to avoid the problem of "mouse or a hamster?"

That setting also fixes a problem that occurs when more than one fact is on the back - if typing is turned on, Tinycards sometimes presents learners with a questions in which one fact from the back is presented, and the correct answer is the other fact from the back, rather than the fact from the front.

1/8/2018, 10:37:18 PM

It's a good idea but here's the thing... I think you learn more by typing the cards than with the multiple choice. At least at certain level of learning... I think for young kids the multiple choice ones should be enough.

BTW, that's one hell of a streak you got there.

Thanks for your input.

1/9/2018, 1:35:46 AM
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Thank you for your great Job. There are a lot of animals.

But (please excuse my annotation) - I find it difficult, that there are articles in German but not in English.

If there is a card with the word "horse" I am translating it with "Pferd" - but your right answer is "das Pferd"

I hope you can understand what I mean.

1/9/2018, 2:50:24 PM

Yes I understand.

As the article in English is always "the" I though it would be kind of redundant to include it.

On the other hand it's very useful to learn German nouns with their article for an easier memorization.

Glad you liked it.

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I like that you have the article, but when I make cards I always put in the plural form as well as a possible dative e and all the cases when it is a weak noun. For example, on the back of the card would be:

Gender: m

Nominative: Bär

Accusative: Bären

Dative: Bären

Genitive: Bären

Plural: Bären

Or could be in a table form. I'm just really interested in learning to use perfect grammar, or as close as I can get to perfect. I realize not everyone has that as a goal.

1/10/2018, 7:23:53 PM

I thought about that... the first couple of cards had the plurals in them, e.g. der Bär / Bären but I had issues with the sound and had to opt between keeping the sound or including the plurals.

1/10/2018, 10:44:35 PM

Thanks to all that have favourited my deck. It's appreciated.

I might do a second one given time.

1/10/2018, 3:57:02 PM
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