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Is there an assumption you've learnt something before putting it on Anki?

This is normal. Cards are first considered learning cards and Anki does not consider mistakes as lapses. Only when you have passed through the learning steps, the card is converted into a review card, ...
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What are Anki's disadvantages?

A google search will reveal a lot of negative opinions about Anki. To summarize some of them: A very common complaint about Anki is that it assumes, and effectively requires, daily use of the ...
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What approaches can I take to overcome 'leeches'?

I'm going to go through how I learned to differentiate between the Japanese Hiragana characters "れ" ("re") and "わ" ("wa"). The only difference is that "re" has an outward hook at the end of the ...
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Why does anki remove 'leeches'?

The first principle of the Twenty rules of formulating knowledge is: Do not learn if you do not understand. The second is Learn before you memorize. If you have a leech that often means that you don'...
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Is there any software for minimal-pair training?

Getting Anki to work with minimal pairs is tricky but possible. I will present a card template with only one card that will choose a random word from the minimum pair on each appearance of the card. ...
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Is there any software for minimal-pair training?

Quizlet seems to be a good choice. By searching up "minimal pairs linguistics", you get a ton of flashcard decks to use here. In Quizlet, the cards are always randomized and there are many ...
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Tinycards and Anki

Here are three articles that talk about the two apps (1, 2, 3). They are both spaced repetition systems, but here are some key differences: They have a different look and feel, so that is a ...
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What approaches can I take to overcome 'leeches'?

There are several things you can do to overcome leeches for words or phrases that are somehow "similar". Separate the confusing items in time Instead of keeping both cards in your Anki deck, so they ...
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How can flashcards be made using only the target language?

Pictures! Lots of people (maybe you) learn audio-visually, which basically means you learn with sounds and pictures. Tons of words can be differentiated with the appropriate picture. The word "...
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How to personalize a vocabulary flashcard deck without spending too much time on it?

Ask yourself: does this part help me recognize the word, or help me use the word? If the part helps you to recognize the word, like the definition, the pronunciation, the synonyms, then they are ...
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Should I learn a whole bunch of new words at once with Anki?

If there were a deadline for the set of words you have in Anki, you basically divide the number of unseen words by the number of remaining days and use the outcome of that division as a guideline for ...
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Is it possible to add HTML when creating cards in AnkiWeb?

Since you only want to automate something (I'm assuming with some sort of program or script), I would recommend taking a look at AnkiConnect, which provides a REST API for interacting with the local ...
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How to personalize a vocabulary flashcard deck without spending too much time on it?

Most of the time of learning cards with Anki isn't in about creating new cards but about repeated cards because you forgot what the card means. Most attempts of saving time in card creation result ...
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Is there an assumption you've learnt something before putting it on Anki?

It depends on how detailed your cards are. If you can understand the word, you are learning with the content of the card alone (through examples) then it is not problem to add it to Anki. If you want ...
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What approaches can I take to overcome 'leeches'?

The safest way is to "[s]tudy only one for a while [...], then introduce the second one after the first is reasonably well mastered." Lets imagine while learning English you are having trouble ...
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What approaches can I take to overcome 'leeches'?

I was working with my 7-year-old on spelling and he was stuck on the word "while". One day I said let's use a song to memorize "while". So we came up with a quick song and spelled the word to the song....
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When to remove a word from Anki

You start with a false premise. An SRS like Anki does remove words. It removes words when they are too hard to learn by marking them as leeches. The default condition for a leech is answering a card ...
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What approaches can I take to overcome 'leeches'?

Me personally, I study the two cards in my free time and try to locate their differences in each other. I use my free time as a time to study, allowing myself to take in as much information as I can ...
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Automatically create a list of new vocabulary from an eBook

I do not know of any existing software; however, I do something similar to what you have described using a selection of open-source software running on a Linux platform. I have not automated the ...
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Is Quizlet's “Learn” algorithm the same as Anki's Spaced repetition?

You might like to have a look at this article on Quizlet and it's algorithm(s), and both the Anki manual and the Wikipedia article on Anki to learn about the algorithms that are used in it. You will ...
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How do I mark an Anki card wrong if I accidentally marked it right?

In PC version, you can click on Edit → Undo Review or type Ctrl+Z on your keyboard. In Android version, you have a undo button ⤺ in the top right hand corner.
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How to personalize a vocabulary flashcard deck without spending too much time on it?

Every space repetition learner should read: Effective learning: Twenty rules of formulating knowledge on the SuperMemo site. Very relevant topic: 2. Learn before you memorize Nobody says that you ...
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What are Anki's disadvantages?

The criticism about the learning philosophy has already been covered here; I'd like to add some things about the UI I've encountered. Some of the points refer to advanced issues that only affect users ...
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Make existing custom Anki cards reversible

This is what I did to solve this issue. I started from the basic reversible template and recreated my customized note type. I then selected all cards I wanted to make reversible in the browser, right ...
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Make existing custom Anki cards reversible

You have to create an additional field in your note template. Call it something like “Reverse?”. That field is there just to contain a yes/no flag to create the reverse card: empty field means no ...
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Cloze card design for root/suffix verb conjugation?

The Anki documentation points out that overlapping (or nested) cloze deletions such as {{c1::Canberra was {{c2::founded}}}} in 1913 are not supported. The simplest way to create conjugation cloze ...
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Why is my anki importing a word twice?

It's because your note type contains 2 cards. Go on Tools -> Manage note types, choose the note type you are using and click on Cards... to see what are Card 1 and Card 2. The drop-down list on the ...
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Why are learning sibling cards not buried?

I think it's just saying that if you've just started learning a card you can't skip it or the effort you've already put in is likely to be wasted, the reason being that whatever mental links you are ...
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Anki: Why do learning cards change category when you bury them?

From my experience, cards are generally buried when you have a reverse of that same card. For example, if you have a Japanese-to-English card and also an English-to-Japanese card of the same vocab ...
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