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

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

Gift ideas for language lovers

A ribbon on a gift.

OK, Christmas is gone. But I bet you’ve got a whole raft of birthdays coming up in the coming months. And some of those birthdays will be for language lovers, right? And we’re pretty hard to buy for, right? Well,… Continue reading

Tips from a language junkie

The Globe

I admit it – I’m a language junkie. I’m perennially curious, always looking for something new to learn. New languages are pretty, shiny objects and I’m a restless polyglot magpie. Not surprisingly, a question I’m asked a lot is “Don’t you… Continue reading

Anki for iOS – on the cheap

Coins

Like all the best language hackers, I’m a long-time convert to the Anki flashcards system. It’s one of the power tools of language learning, combining science-smart learning methodology with a simple, no-nonsense interface and complete customisability. I use it to build… Continue reading