Tuesday, January 1, 2013

Using Learning with Texts with Anki 2, part 2: How to export LWT terms for Anki

As noted in my last post, the first thing you'll need to do is add a text to LWT and make terms for all the words and expressions you don't know. For more on how to do that, check out my review of Learning with Texts.

Once you've got all the terms from your text, it's time to export the terms from Learning with Texts.

Versions used for this how-to:
  • Chrome 23.0
  • Opera 12.12
  • Learning with Texts 1.4.9
  • Anki 2.0.3
  • Mac OS X 10.8.2
One word of warning before going any further: as of this writing, LWT's export feature is not working in all browsers. For example, I could not get it to work in Chrome. The consensus seems to be that it always works in Opera, so you might want to download that before getting started.

Now let's get down to business:

  1. On the main page, select "My Terms (Words and Expressions)".
  • On other pages, you can select "Terms" from the "Learning with Texts" pull-down menu at the top of the page to get to the same place.
  1. From the "Language" pull-down menu, select the language of the text you used to create the terms.
  1. If you only want to import the terms from a specific text (and not all your texts in that language), from the "Text" pull-down menu, select the specific text you want to get the terms from.
  1. From the "Status" pull-down menu, select "Learning/-ed [1..5]". This will take out anything you marked as well known and any terms you marked to ignore.
  • There are other options here to play around with if you want to select terms in a different way:
  • (As an aside, this is also a good time to take a quick look at your list to check for stupid mistakes (like having flipped the pronunciation and definition fields for Japanese).)
  1. In the pull-down menu under "Multi Actions", select "Export ALL Terms (Anki)" and save the file somewhere convenient. If you don't change the default name, the file will be called "lwt_anki_export.txt". If this last step does not work, switch your browser to Opera and try again.
And that's all there is to it. You now have a file ready to be imported by Anki, and the subsequent posts in this series will show you how to make use of that.

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.

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