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Shaka Nice
Going from B1 to B2 with Anki
Has anyone used the Anki app for language learning? I've downloaded a few decks for Spanish.

I was wondering what I should expect when using this method to learn new words and idioms.
May 31, 2020 7:49 AM
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Hi Shaka,

I have used Anki for learning Spanish and Japanese vocab in the past and have found it very helpful.

Personally, I find it most useful when you make your own decks of cards. I make cards from vocab that I have come across in conversations/reading texts/listening texts and add them as and when. The good thing about Anki is you can convert a lot of "dead time" into useful language learning. For example, if you're sitting down for a few minutes waiting for the bus, you can spend a few minutes on your flashcards. You'll probably find you have a lot of moments like this every day and, if you get into the habit of using them to work on your flashcards, it will add up.

Plus, do you know Benny Lewis? He explains a visualisation technique for learning new vocabulary. If you're not familiar with it, it seems very strange haha, but I used it to learn a lot of vocabulary. Thinking of strange images and connecting them to vocab really helps them to stick in your mind and it's great fun. Well, it worked for me anyway.


Please let me know if you have any questions.

Thanks

Jamie (www.italki.com/jamie.teacher)
May 31, 2020
Shaka Nice
Language Skills
English, Spanish
Learning Language
Spanish