Monday, December 24, 2012

Using Learning with Texts with Anki 2, part 1: What you need to know before you get started

This post is part of a five-part series on using Learning with Texts (as implemented on Fluent in 3 Months) with Anki 2.

  1. What you need to know before you get started
  2. How to export LWT terms for Anki
  3. How to import LWT terms into Anki as simple flashcards
  4. How to import LWT terms into Anki using LWT's fill-in-the-blank Anki template
  5. How to import LWT terms into Anki using your own custom set-up
And if you're still using Anki 1, learn how to export LWT terms to Anki 1 here.

If you're a language learner and you still haven't discovered Learning with Texts and Anki, you've been missing out on two of the greatest tools you have at your disposal. Learning with Texts, or LWT, is "a foreign-language reading interface" that lets you copy and paste into its system any foreign-language text you want to read, indicate which words in that text you don't know, look up those words, and save the words, their translations, and other data to a list of terms that you need to learn. Anki is a memorization tool that uses spaced repetition to help you learn just about anything, including, of course, vocabulary.

Well, golly gee… wouldn't it be awesome if you could get that nice list of things to memorize that LWT prepares for you into Anki, a tool that will help you memorize them?

Monday, July 9, 2012

Music is good for language learning... and for indoctrination

"If a newsreader tells you something five or six times you get bored. If you like the song you don't get quite so bored."

—Professor Keith Howard of London's School of Oriental and African Studies, speaking about the use of music in Kim Jong-un's cult of personality in North Korea

Apparently one of the same things that makes music useful for language learning—i.e., that you can listen to the same thing a lot without getting bored—also makes it useful for indoctrination.

Monday, May 21, 2012

How to export Learning with Texts terms to Anki (the even easier way)

This how-to is for Anki 1. For how to do this with Anki 2, click here.

Getting Learning with Texts (as implemented on Fluent in 3 Months) to play nicely with Anki can seem a little daunting. But at the end of the day, it's not quite as hard as it would seem, and I've put together some step-by-step instructions to prove it.

I've broken the process down into:

  • 5 steps to export from LWT;
  • 5 steps to set up Anki for fill-in-the-blank reviews or, alternatively, 10 steps to set up Anki for recognition reviews (whichever you choose, you'll only need to do this once); and
  • 4 steps to import into Anki.
The whole process shouldn't take more than 10 minutes for the first import, and probably won't take more than 5 minutes for any subsequent imports.

Sunday, January 1, 2012

How to say "Happy New Year" in 10 languages

Happy new year!

To ring in the new year, let's do a little bit of language learning, shall we? With a little help from my daughter and the friendly native speakers over on RhinoSpike, we've already covered how to say "Merry Christmas!" in ten languages, so let's do the same for the new year.

After the jump, you'll find native-speaker recordings of "Happy new year!" in ten languages (Chinese, English, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean Portuguese, Russian, and Spanish), thanks once again to RhinoSpike.