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Flashcards and Flashcards plus for iPad/iPhone SRS Anki alternative
August 8, 2011
03:52
Chrystal G.
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With so many people suggesting Anki SRS, I went looking for the program for my iPad…suffice to say, it was $25 (yowza!). Not wanting to pay so much, I began to look for alternatives and came across Flashcards and Flashcards Plus (I have the plus version.) It uses the same concepts as Anki, but I only paid $3.99 for it! You can either create your own decks or download them from Quizlet or Flashcard Exchange and share them between your devices. It has settings for how often you would like to repeat the cards for retention (if you don't know how long to set it, you can use the preset defaults), marking of correct and incorrect and the ability to add sound to your decks in several different languages so that you get a feel for the pronunciation.

It's really a great program for the budget-minded, but it still does need work for the iPhone version (doesn't always seem to recognize the "incorrect" touch movements on my iPhone 3GS). Thought that I'd share!

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August 8, 2011
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Thanks for the heads up!

 

I use Flashcards Deluxe myself (Current version has a 5-star rating, 3,99$). It offers integration with Quizlet, Flashcards Exchange, and options to import your own flashcard sets from Dropbox & Google Docs. Did I mention it offers TTS (Text-to-speech)?

 

Reviewing flashcards with FD is seamless due to gestures being accurately recognized. Additionally there's plenty of available settings, if you like to tinker, but I consider the default setup to be fine.

 

I find it to be the best flashcard app for the iPhone/iPad!

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August 8, 2011
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Anki is free if you jailbreak your iDevice.

The developer charged for the iTunes version since there were restrictions in programming specifically under Apple's limitations that made it more work to create. However, the one for non-restricted devices was easier to program as it runs from within Safari. He created a simpler yet fully functional version that you can download from Cydia.

How you can use a non-jailbroken iDevice is beyond me. I find Apple's iOS to be the most limited and non-customisable system in the world unless it's liberated from Apple's ridiculous restrictions. I wouldn't ever have considered buying an iPad if I couldn't jailbreak it. Same with my iPhone before I switched to Android.

Now I have both [Android phone + Apple tablet], which helps me to test out various apps on both systems. This lets me perhaps give useful advice (which apps etc.) to people who own either system, so for the purposes of staying up to date on developments and uses in language learning, it's beneficial for me to have both.

Anyway, as well as the jailbroken option, you can use the web-based version of Anki from within Safari on your restricted iDevice if you have any kind of data plan as it's very light on it, by simply accessing the Anki website after uploading various decks to it from your computer's Anki. That's also free.

But yes, the alternatives do sound interesting and I may test them out some time – I just find Anki works so well for my purposes.

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August 9, 2011
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Benny: I may jailbreak my devices later, but both my iPad and iPhone are brand new and I would be sick to void anything should something go wrong. Lol. I do not have the luck of the Irish, as it were… :D only about 1/6 Irish…and about the most unlucky and clumsy person I know! Haha. My iPad would most likely start to smoke and call me names :(.

edoreld: I think the one I use may be the same as yours…perhaps got the wording wrong as it just says Flashcards and Flashcards+ on my devices. :) it also has the Dropbox and Google Docs options.

I really think this is the same concept as the Anki, though and LOVE it. I have very bad problems remembering anything (4 trips minimum from my car to the house in the mornings to grab things I've forgotten), and I could remember, recall and speak 45 phrases in a day and a half! To me that spells success, and I've added 120 more phrases from two different phrase books. The true test will be using them in needed situations, but that's MY issue, not the program's!!

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August 9, 2011
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There's no such thing as luck of the Irish. If you do it correctly (or have someone else who's done it before do it for you), you won't damage your device. But yes, it may void the contract.

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August 31, 2011
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I'm a HUGE fan of the Flashcards Deluxe app for the iPhone. I'm no dummy(read: scientist), but I found Anki cumbersome to set up. This app is the reverse. It's easy, but very powerful with lots of options so you get the experience you want with th crucial SRS technology (see Benny's post if you don't know what this is). I, for example, do flashcards late at night while my husband sleeps. It's nice to lock the rotation and work with white letters on black background then. I also study in the car. For this, it's fabulous to be able to download the speech fir the written text of your target language. I listen instead of read then.
I recommend getting the 1000 most commonly used words for your target language. Sounds like a lot, but there are lots of easy ones mixed in. I hear 80% of conversation comes from these words. More to the point, it's MUCH easier to read a typical book in my language now that I've worked through these! :)

August 31, 2011
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Can you download preexisting decks for this application, Julie? My target language is Esperanto and while the Esperanto 101 deck for Anki is appealling, the price is not. Also I cbf jailbreaking cool.

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September 1, 2011
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…they have 386 pre-created decks for Esparanto from Quizlet, but nothing on Flashcard exchange. Probably enough material! :D also, you can always add your own things to a deck or combine decks, so it's pretty versital. Decks are free once you download the program itself. :)

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September 1, 2011
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…oh, and I am up to 160 known phrases right now! :D not counting the ones that I'd memorized before (my name is…, I would like…, where is the…, etc.)

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May 25, 2014
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Hi, I've just downloaded Flashcards Deluxe to iPhone 5S, (today 26 May 2014), seems well-written and maintained. Lots of language word sets at Quizlet. Well worth the $4.99. Greg.

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