AnkiMaster Flashcards are a very useful tool but cannot be used by itself. You must get INPUT. That means you must read and listen to English/Spanish every day. This is your daily English/Spanish learning routine.

  1. Get INPUT
  2. Look up new words in a dictionary
  3. Collect sentences that are interesting to you
  4. Make flashcards with your interesting sentences
  5. Study your flashcards
  6. Repeat

This is a simple routine built on input-based learning. That means you spend most of your time getting input. The flashcards allow you to understand most of the words so you can enjoy the content instead of being confused and lost all the time.

This method of study has been developed by a large community of polyglots on the internet. Not all polyglots use input-based learning with SRS flashcards but many do.

Many people don’t spend enough time reading/listening to their target language. I recommend at least one hour per day.

Many language students think they need more speaking practice.  This usually isn’t true. Most students need more reading/listening.  When you read and listen to your target language a lot, you will automatically know how to say things right.

The Routine

1. Read/listen to English/Spanish that you enjoy

2. Look up unfamiliar words/expressions in your dictionary

Not EVERY word! Just the most interesting ones.

For each new sentence, ask yourself these questions:

  • “Can I understand the sentence?” Don’t choose sentences that are really hard (see tips on choosing sources of input.  You’re looking for i+1 sentences)
  • “Is this word/expression interesting to me?”
  • “Do I want to learn this word/expression?”

3. Make flashcards for your sentences

4. Study your sentences with Anki

Re-read/re-listen to the content

After you have learned the words, re-read/re-listen/re-watch the content. ENJOY YOUR NEW UNDERSTANDING. You will be able to understand 50%-100% more than before.

As you learn new words and expressions you will gain a deeper understanding of your target language. It feels good, builds your confidence and increases your interest in the language. Over time, you will naturally develop interests in lots of different things. Continue following your interests and collecting new sentences.

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