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How do you use your SRS?
January 19, 2012
19:48
Ryan
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How do you study your SRS cards? Do you use sentences or just words? Do you have the same cards in forward and reverse?

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January 20, 2012
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http://www.fluentin3months.com/forum/general-discussion/ankiing/ ;)

 

In my case, I do either vocab words or sentences as I come across them in real life. I may add a word here and there that catches my eye and I think I have to remember it, or I'll be chatting or emailing a language partner and she'll write something, or give me a correction and I'll add that to Anki. I'm aware how I'm doing it is probably not the most efficient way of doing it (I've heard some people have used special techniques in Anki to help remember the words better and so on, but I don't know any of them actually!) but that's me anyhoo. I usually only have the cards with the Polish word/sentence on the front and the English translation on the back. Actually, I've read that Khatzumoto of All Japanese All the Time eventually decided to abandon English altogether and put a Japanese word he wanted to learn on the front and put a description (in Japanese) on the back so he was reading Japanese (as his blog would suggest) all the time! For me, I think I'm not quite advanced enough in Polish to try using the language to such a degree… but I'm definitely going to try it out as soon as I've mastered the basics, so to speak…

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Is cainteoir dúchais Gaeilge mé. Same with English. Zacząłem uczyć się polskiego, y ahora, he dejado aprender el castellano.
January 21, 2012
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Some lesson's I've learned after lots of tweaking and experimenting with what works best for me (YMMV):
  • I never use just words, because I feel that learning a word in context sticks better and is much more interesting. If there's an individual word I really want to learn, I'll use google to find a sentence for it.
  • I make my own cards, because I find premade decks to be boring and harder to memorize (because I don't have any personal connection with them.)
  • I'm a big fan of the cloze deletion format. For example, the front of my card will say something like "I take [...] the garbage once a week", and the back of the card will have the full sentence. I sometimes make more than one such card for the same sentence (one for each vocab or grammar point I'd like to be able to produce on my own). You can check out what AJATT has to say about MCD's (multiple cloze deletions) if you're interested in why many people find this format effective.
  • I also include definitions, translations, or google images on many cards, because the context alone doesn't always make it clear what word is required. Images for every card is unfortunately impossible, but they make the card so much easier to remember, so I recommend it especially for cards that just don't seem to stick. 
  • I don't bother with "recognition" cards (target language -> English) because I figure that if I can produce it, I can recognize it, too.
  • I used to type out sentences from books and other printed materials, but this takes too much time. I prefer to make things easy for myself so I don't get burnt out. Now I generally limit my Anki input to sentences I can copy and paste. 
  • On the subject of making things easier for yourself: don't feel obligated to put in every unknown word you encounter, or to keep cards in your deck that you honestly don't find interesting. It's OK to delete cards, because SRS (and language learning in general!) should be fun and not masochistic. Remember that a word or grammar point will come up again if it's really that important.
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January 21, 2012
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jasminetea said:

  • I'm a big fan of the cloze deletion format. For example, the front of my card will say something like "I take [...] the garbage once a week", and the back of the card will have the full sentence. I sometimes make more than one such card for the same sentence (one for each vocab or grammar point I'd like to be able to produce on my own). You can check out what AJATT has to say about MCD's (multiple cloze deletions) if you're interested in why many people find this format effective.

Thanks! :)

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Is cainteoir dúchais Gaeilge mé. Same with English. Zacząłem uczyć się polskiego, y ahora, he dejado aprender el castellano.
March 9, 2012
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I use pauker instead of ankii. It's quite good; you can answer by typing or just "thinking"; I make my own cards (all the words from my course book, random words I look up because I want to know them, sentences to practise grammar, idioms etc). I also don't bother with recongnition, but rather "force" myself to produce it both by typing and saying it out loud. I don't like premade decks, as writing them out helps me remember them better.

I am majorly obsessed with words, so my decks tend to get quite huge after a while. I don't spend a lot of time doing this; usually one or two round (which I have set to take 10 minutes) … I try to get as many words on the next stack in that time as possible.

 

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