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David
Spaced Repetition

Vocabulary has always been a challenge for me. Although I lived in Japan for seven years, I forgot a lot of Japanese vocabulary. I also failed to learn a lot of it. Recently I discovered spaced repetition flash cards, using Anki. (Google "Anki flash cards".) It's open source. It's free. Many people contribute flash card decks. I'm excited!

Dec 3, 2014 3:00 AM
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Print them off and put them in your bathroom. Then you can't escape learning when you need to go to the bathroom ;)

December 5, 2014

Reviewing Anki flashcards has become my daily ritual before work since I started learning Mandarin! While there is a ton of available flashcards, I've found it most useful to practice with cards I've made myself. And rather than try to memorize a list of vocabulary words--which was really hard for me--I realized inserting new words into a sentence made it easier to remember, and I was also practicing grammar at the same time! For me, Anki works best as translation practice: I give myself an English sentence as a prompt, speak aloud the best translation, and then check my answer. And I don't sit around each day coming up with random sentences, after I had worked through a teach-yourself series, I went through the books a second time and created flashcards for every example sentence given. After I was through with that, I found a really great site that has broken down Mandarin grammar into HSK levels and gives example sentences for each grammatical construction. This has been incredibly helpful! Not sure if there is a Japanese or Italian version out there, but looks like the people who made it just went through grammar books and came up with a bunch of example sentences. Anyway, this method has really helped me. And here is the Mandarin website for anyone else that's interested:

http://resources.allsetlearning.com/chinese/grammar/Grammar_Points_by_Level  

December 3, 2014
David
Language Skills
English, Italian, Japanese
Learning Language
Italian, Japanese