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Intro

This tutorial will explain the different parts of the AnkiMaster flashcard system and how to study the different types of AnkiMaster flashcards.

AnkiMaster is like a gym for your brain and the flashcards are like different exercise machines.

Each type of flashcard will exercise your brain differently. Just like exercise machines, it’s very important to use them correctly or they will not work. Fortunately, there is no risk of injury. You only risk wasting your time by learning slower and less effectively.

In this tutorial, we will cover

  1. How to open your flashcards
  2. How to read your flashcards
  3. The different types of flashcards and how to study them

How to open your flashcards

Click the deck.

Click ‘Study Now’

How to read your flashcards

Every piece of information on the flashcards appears in a different color.

All flashcards must include:

  1. A sentence (blue)
  2. A target word (red)

For most new words, you will use 3 flashcards:

  1. New Word Card
  2. Picture-Word Card
  3. Word-Sentence Card

Each flashcard has a different goal and a specific set of rules to determine success or failure.

Every time you study a new sentence you must decide how you want to study that information. YOU have to decide which cards are the best for YOUR learning. Ask yourself these questions.

  • Do I understand all the words in the sentence?
  • Which words/expressions are difficult to understand?
  • Why are those words/expressions difficult to understand?
  • Can I pronounce all the words in the sentence?
  • Are there some words with tricky spellings?

You will choose different types of flashcards depending on your answer to these questions.

The different types of flashcards

Each type of flashcard uses an abbreviation:

  1. L/R – Listening/Reading Card
  2. NWNew-Word card
  3. W-S – Word-Sentence
  4. Pic-WPicWord card
  5. PPronunciation card
  6. T-WTranslation-Word card
  7. SpSpelling card

You can see the abbreviations in the top right corner of the flashcard

New Word Card

Use this card to introduce yourself to a new word.

FRONT:

  1. A sentence with a blank
  2. Pictures related to the missing word
  3. A definition of the missing word

BACK:

  1. The missing word with sound
  2. The complete sentence with sound

How to study this card

Look at the front of the card.

  1. Look at the pictures. If you remember the word, read the sentence and say the missing word out loud.
  2. If the pictures are not helping you remember, look at the definition.
  3. If you still can’t remember, click on the hidden translation (green box)

It doesn’t matter if you guess the wrong form of the word (e.g. “forgive” instead of ‘forgave’, ‘run’ instead ‘ran’, etc.). You just need to remember some form of the word.

Look at the back of the card.

  1. Listen to the audio.
  2. Repeat the word and the sentence out loud.

Success = you remembered the correct word. Maybe you remembered the dictionary form instead of the inflected form, but that’s ok.

Failure = you couldn’t remember the word or you remembered the wrong word.

How to grade yourself

If it was hard to remember, click ‘Hard’; if it was easy to remember click “Good”; if it was super easy to remember, click ‘Easy’

If you couldn’t remember the information or you remembered the wrong information, you fail (try again). Click ‘Again’.

Picture-Word Card, aka “What’s this?” Card

This card is a little more challenging than the New Word Card because there is no sentence. You have to guess the correct word without the context of a sentence.

FRONT:

  1. Pictures
  2. A definition

BACK:

  1. The word
  2. The word in a sentence

How to study this card

Look at the front of the card.

  1. Try to remember the word that matches the pictures. Check the POS (part of speech) so that you guess the correct form of the word (noun, verb, adjective, etc.)
  2. Say the word out loud

Look at the back of the card.

  1. Listen to the audio.
  2. Repeat the word and the sentence out loud.

Success = you remembered the word

Failure = you couldn’t remember the word or you remember the wrong word

See: How to grade yourself (above)

Word-Sentence Card

FRONT:

  1. A word with sound
  2. Definition of the word
  3. Images (hidden)

BACK:

  1. A sentence
  2. The word
  3. Pictures related to the word

How to study this card

Look at the front of the card.

  1. Look at the word and try to think of a sentence using the word. Look at the definition to help. Say the sentence out loud.
  2. If just seeing the word is not enough for you to remember, unhide the pictures and try to think of a sentence again.

Look at the back of the card.

  1. Look at the text, listen to the sentence and repeat it out loud.

In order to pass, the sentence you think of does not have to be the same as the sentence on the back of the card. Sometimes you may remember the exact sentence and sometimes you may think of a new one. It doesn’t matter. Your sentence doesn’t have to be perfect but it needs to be mostly correct.

Fail = you couldn’t think of a sentence at all or the sentence you came up with doesn’t make sense

Success = You think of a mostly correct sentence with the word OR maybe you remember the exact same sentence that is on the back of the card.

See: How to grade yourself (above)

Listening Card

Use this card to improve your listening skills. These cards hide all the information so that you can focus on listening.  On the front of the card, you will hear the audio for the Sentence. The card forces you to listen because you have nothing to look at. You must listen to the sentence before you read it. You can greatly improve your listening skills using these cards. (I speak from personal experience!)

FRONT:

  1. Audio recording of a sentence
  2. Hidden information (Sentence, target word and pictures)

BACK:

  1. Sentence
  2. Target word
  3. Pictures related to the target word
  4. Definition of the target word

How to study this card

Look at the front of the card.

  1. Listen to the audio
  2. Try to repeat the sentence without looking at the text. Replay the sentence several times if you need to.
  3. If you can’t understand and repeat the sentence, click some of the hidden information to help you remember. Continue revealing information until you remember. You can first unhide the target word, then the inflected form, the pictures and finally if you still can’t understand what you are hearing, unhide the sentence and read it out loud.

Look at the back of the card

  1. Listen to the audio
  2. Repeat the sentence out loud while reading the text.

Success = you understood the sentence correctly

Failure = you didn’t understand the sentence

It’s ok if you couldn’t repeat the sentence perfectly. Look at the pictures and definitions and review the sentence until you understand.

See: How to grade yourself (above)

Basic 3-card combo

You can learn new words with card combos. The basic card combo includes 3 cards:

  1. New Word Card – introduces a new word in an appropriate context
  2. Picture-Word Card – improve your visual memory of the word
  3. Word-Sentence Card – Practice using the word and creating context

You don’t have to use 3 cards but I recommend using these 3 cards for a new word with an average difficulty.

“Helper” Cards

In most cases, the 3-card combo should be enough to completely learn a new word. If you still need more help with the spelling, pronunciation or associating the word with another word in your native language, use the Helper Cards.

Extra Grammar Cards

If you need to practice grammar, you can use an Extra Card.