Anki custom note types for complex morphology flashcards

A spreadsheet containing German verb information.

If you use Anki, have you ever felt like the the out-of-the-box templates are a little basic? The default card has just two fields for back and front. Of course, this is instantly relevant for simple vocabulary learning. You can… Continue reading

Feel the heat: get a visual grasp on Anki with this natty plug-in

Is your learning on fire? Just check your streak! Image from freeimages.com.

Anki is an incredibly powerful tool with a heap of learning science behind it. But do you ever feel, as an Anki user, that the process is all a bit of a mystery? That, instead of being passively fed material,… Continue reading

Managing Anki decks with options groups

Keep your language learning colourful - change things up from time to time.

Well, the football didn’t go England’s way this week.¬†Commiserations, fellow polyglot fans who were also hoping. But when anticlimactic gloom ensues, sometimes you’re motivated to very productive distractions. I’ve spent a useful chunk of time this week optimising my Anki… Continue reading

2000 words and still not fluent? My Polish Anki experiment 🇵🇱📱

Polish words in a dictionary

Would you be impressed if I told you I know over 2000 words in Polish? What about if I told you that I still can’t actually speak Polish? As crazy as it sounds, it’s true. At least, it¬†was true –… Continue reading

Anki, the vocab monster

Pulling out lists of words by tag in Anki

Did you think learning vocabulary in a foreign language was just about memorising lists of words? Well, there’s a science to it. And Anki, a free flashcard learning system, has it down to a tee. I’ve made frequent mention of… Continue reading

Taming Anki’s ‘new card’ quota to pace your vocab learning

A dictionary won't always help you learn words in their natural habitat: the sentence.

Anki is an amazing beast of a language-learning tool. But, like all beasts, it can be a bit intimidating. I’ve been using it for over a year now, and still learn new things about it all the time. I’ve recently… Continue reading