In our last post about iTalki tutors, I talked about the two main things you want to create with your tutor:High quality example sentences that don’t have typosRecordings of those sentencesIn the past, the process of getting these two things from a tutor has been kind of clunky/awkward to do on Skype. The typing part […]
Today, I wanted to show you three new types of flashcards that I’ve been using lately to learn Spanish, along with a new flashcard model for Anki that will let you create these three new flashcards really quickly. I’ll start by showing you what the cards look like, and then I’ll show you how to make them […]
To learn a language, you need to memorize a lot of vocabulary, and memorizing lots of vocabulary can be tricky. You’re faced with unfamiliar spellings and unfamiliar sounds, which makes foreign words significantly more difficult to remember than words in your native language. In this article, I’ll show you how to remember words more easily […]
Alphabets (and syllabaries) are the first barrier of entry to any new language. If you want to learn a language like Russian, you’re basically paralyzed until you’re familiar with its letters. But even if you’re learning a language with familiar characters, like Italian, you’re going to feel uncomfortable and wobbly at first; those familiar characters aren’t particularly […]
I’m an Anki nut. In some sense, I owe three of my languages to Anki. One of my favorite things about Anki is its flexibility; you can make flashcards in any way you choose. Once you’ve created and memorized a lot of flashcards (I recently passed 20,000 flashcards…geesh), you’ll start to notice that not all […]
We’ve covered grammar a few times in the past, but as I’m in the middle of writing the grammar chapter in my book, this might be a nice opportunity to go through grammar in some depth.
I’ve been fielding questions about my methods for Hungarian and how they might work for a less phonetic language like French, with multiple ways of spelling a single sound. Today, I made a 44-card sample deck for French, which you’re welcome to download and use as a model here. The sample deck includes 3 chunks: […]
Today I got a chance to try and answer the question – ‘How long does making new cards in Anki take?’ I’ve tested this out in English before, timing how long it took me to find pictures and add them to Anki for a bunch of color words (cardinal, violet, indigo, etc), and that came […]