I'm studying German and I feel the need to learn vocab and sentences as well on the same cards. Basically my technique is to find a sentence not so long, break the vocab down and put it all on the cards as shown below:

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I have doubts to this technique, because my brain might extrapolate the remaining words, because these 3 words get "connected" to each other. I'm not completely sure about this, but as I learned the words I realised that mostly I don't even have to think about the next word, it just comes in my mind automatically. If someone has an experience regarding this that would be really helpful.

I don't want to learn one word each, because I don't like simple and short sentences. I like to think about it and usually I can recollect these longer ones really well.

What do you think, should I continue to learn this way or I'm wasting my time? If yes what would be the adequate technique to apply learning German? I don't get any leeches with this technique, I seriously think after a few weeks that it is working.

PS: I know that senken is wrong in this case, I replaced it already with sinken.


  • For German I need to rely on learning articles and plurals for every noun and verb forms for every verb, so missing out vocab is not an option.

  • Sentences are also a must-have, because I'd like to implement the learned words into grammatical point of view. Sentences should be somewhat complicated, but not too long.

  • I am concerned that my mind will connect these multiple words and I will not be able to recollect them individually

Regarding these points what would be the best way to create my cards in the most effective way?

Currently I insist on the way of creating the "main card" with several words and then immediately making a card for each word. This wouldn't be so effective I think, because Anki teaches you the cards in order of creation. So the new cards would pop up in line. That wouldn't work if I'd shuffle it neither (if I would add the same sentences to the one-word-cards as well), because the main card should be the first, so the sentence makes sense, then the rest after some time.

  • How do you practice these cards? Do you see the English sentence and translate it into German, or is the sentence just there to clarify which words are being used?
    – Hatchet
    Commented Apr 26, 2019 at 6:28
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    The more information on a card, the harder it is to decide whether you know the content or not: do you move on when you know everything or most or just some? Commented Apr 26, 2019 at 9:53
  • I always move on when I get everything (article, words, plural, sentences) on point and yes I do translate the sentences as well.
    – Wohme
    Commented Apr 26, 2019 at 20:09

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This answer will not relate specifically to whether it will help to separate cards or keep in one however it offers a quick solution in between the two options by separating them into separate fields:

First of all, open up the card you wish to change to the new format: Image 1
Then click on the edit button at the bottom of the page: Image 2
Next, hit the cards button at the top: Image 3
Then change the front and back side to match or similar to what I have have done for this demo card: Image 4

Hope this helps!

  • I don't understand what you are trying to accomplish. Care to elaborate?
    – d-b
    Commented Apr 28, 2020 at 11:46

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