Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Using Learning with Texts with Anki 2, part 3: How to import LWT terms into Anki as simple flashcards

If you just want to learn your LWT terms as the digital equivalent of simple, two-sided flashcards (e.g., a Spanish word on one side and its English translation on the other), the process is quick and simple without any initial set-up; all you need to do is import the terms and you're ready to go.

  1. Open Anki and, in the "Anki" window, click "Import File".
  1. Select the file you exported from LWT ("lwt_anki_export.txt" if you did not change the name) and click the "Open" button.
  1. In the "Import" window, click the "Type" button, select "Basic (and reversed card)", and click the "Choose" button.
  1. In the "Import" window, check "Allow HTML in fields".
  1. In the "Import" window's "Field mapping" section, change field 8's mapping to "Map to Tags". This will also automatically change field 3's mapping to "<ignored>".
  1. In the "Import" window, click the "Import" button. This will open a second "Anki" window that tells you how many notes were added.
  1. Close the second "Anki" window.

You're now ready to study your imported LWT terms as simple flashcards.

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
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.

2 comments:

  1. Does LWT or Anki work with right to left languages? No words are highlighted when I import a farsi text into LWT. Do I just have to do it manually?

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    1. Haven't tried any right-to-left languages myself, but this thread in the "Anki Users" Google group looks like a solution.

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