Learn A New Language With Anki’s Flash Card System

Karl L. Gechlik 22-07-2009

Learn A New Language With Anki's Flash Card System ankiHeadHave you ever needed to teach yourself something? Maybe you need to memorize something and you are having trouble with it?


Well, Anki helps you learn and memorize vocabulary of a new language through the magic of flash cards. Yup, Anki is billed out as a spaced repetition system (SRS) or in plain English – a flash card system.

It works on almost every operating system.

I downloaded the application from here, installed and ran it on a Vista workstation and I was greeted with this screen after launching it:


Very interesting! I can not only create my own deck of flash cards, I can also download the decks other people have already created! I love saving time. Let’s see what’s available.



Alright, a lot of Japanese and Chinese language flash cards — that should be expected because of the nature of the product. Those are very visual languages. Not exactly what I was looking for but let’s use this English Vocabulary guide I selected in the above screenshot as a jump off point.

I downloaded it and it opened automatically.


I hit ‘Start Reviewing’ and I was off.



Wow that was a little over my head.  Maybe a week of these and I will start writing articles that will make everyone grab a dictionary! You can mark a word as Hard, Good or Easy and that selects when it will be shown in the set again. Click ‘Again’ to show it soon and ‘Hard’ for 12 hours, ‘Good’ for 4 days and ‘Easy’ means 8 days.

Do you have a favorite learning technique? Share it with us in the comments!

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  1. Behnam
    August 2, 2009 at 1:34 pm

    It's been long since I started to use Anki and I love it. It's just really addictive piece of software. Before that I used to study with jMemorize, flashC and so on. Now I dare say Anki does a great job among them all.
    Not only you'd use it as a portable software, but also it's really easy to use and above all else, the algorithm it uses is perfect indeed.

  2. Mackenzie
    July 22, 2009 at 10:11 am

    Thank you! I couldn't remember the name of the application my friends and I used to study Japanese back when I was taking it in school.