Monday, January 28, 2013

How to get the text of the lyrics to your target language music (including copy-protected Japanese lyrics)

For the most part, getting the lyrics for your foreign-language music is a cakewalk: just search for the translation of the English word "lyrics" in your target language, the name of the artist (in quotes if more than one word), and the song title (again, in quotes if more than one word).

To take an example, if you want to find the lyrics to the song En el muelle de San Blás by the Spanish-language band Maná, Googling:

letra maná "en el muelle de san blás"
will get you the lyrics in the first search result, which you can then copy and paste wherever you like.

Japanese lyrics, however, are a bit more complicated, and perhaps surprisingly it's for reasons that have nothing to do with the language itself.

Monday, January 21, 2013

Using Learning with Texts with Anki 2, part 5: How to import LWT terms into Anki using your own custom set-up

So we've now covered how to export from LWT and how to import into Anki as simple two-sided flashcards and using LWT's fill-in-the-blank review template.

And that's all fine and good if one of those methods is how you want to learn your LWT terms. If that's not the case, then we'll need to get into the weeds a bit more and create a customized set-up.

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Using Learning with Texts with Anki 2, part 4: How to import LWT terms into Anki using LWT's fill-in-the-blank Anki template

The default Anki template from LWT sets up cloze deletion flashcards for you, or, more simply put, fill-in-the-blank flashcards. The prompt will be the source sentence with the term blanked out together with the meaning of the term, and the answer will be the term itself and its pronunciation, if any.

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.

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.