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?