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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, and mistakes count. So right, you most probably won't know the answer the first time, but you try to remember it, and see if you can get the answer right when ...


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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 software. As described in Language Hackers And “Polyglots” Are Full Of Shit: A ... severe problem is that you must use the program every day, or else your ...


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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 rightmost stroke, whereas "wa" continues inward. Practice Duh. Just keep working. But, the nature of a "leech" is that practice just doesn't seem to work. You try ...


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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't understand the word well enough. There might also be memory interference. Your card might be badly laid out. When using Anki it's useful to review leeches ...


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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. Since this is only one card, therefore there are no scheduling issues. I use it for my own minimal pair training. The method works with the desktop client and ...


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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 options to change the way the flashcards are to suit your learning style. For example, there are two different views, audio, a button used to shuffle, and a ...


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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 can pop up in the same session, remove one of them until you have thoroughly mastered the other one. This strategy is inspired by my first teacher of Chinese, ...


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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 fixed. Regardless to how you use it, they are fixed. Therefore you can use these data premade for these parts to help you quickly generate a deck. If the part ...


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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 subjective factor. Tinycards is more modern, while Anki is arguably starting to look dated. Tinycards decks are limited to only 150 cards. This is a problem if you like ...


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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 Anki database. Note that this does not directly interact with what is stored on AnkiWeb.


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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 "park" can have two pictures with the respective definition: one for the park used as a place, the other when park is used as a verb. This is mentioned in ...


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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 the number of new cards. If there is no deadline, you need to figure out how many new words you can learn per day, since this is highly individual. If have ...


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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 in wasting time repeating cards because you didn't learn before memorize or because the card quality isn't optimal.


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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 to keep your cards short, with less explaination, you should be sure to understand or memorize them before adding the card. The important thing is to ...


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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 learning 'their' and 'there': you realize that you are confusing them, and maybe they even end up as leeches. First you suspend one of them, and for the other one you ...


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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. After about two reviews it clicked and he no longer missed this word. The moral of this story is that sometimes we need to approach learning using ...


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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 wrong at eight separate days. The basic premise is that the amount of time spent on a card that gets correctly answered is tiny. Let's take an example. I'm a ...


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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 without pressure (or going too fast). By locating the differences per card, you can put less info into your brain and thus learn them quicker. Though this might ...


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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 see from the Anki manual and the Wikipedia article that the Anki algorithm derives from the algorithm originally introduced for SuperMemo, although the two now ...


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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 should learn words in SRS. Usually you learn them outside of SRS (from textbook, dictionary, Wikipedia). Of course inside SRS you memorize them and it is a purpose ...


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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 who use HTML/CSS/Javascript extensively. I've written this post because the UI has already been mentioned, but there is something more to say about it. There ...


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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 clicked, selected Change Note Type and then matched all field (Which happened automatically since the note types are identical and fields come in the same order....


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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 reverse, non-empty means create the reverse card. Then create a new card template to ask the reverse question. In the front of the card, start with {{#Reverse?}} ...


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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 tests for a single verb (and tense) is to copy the forms from one of the many conjugation websites and then convert them into cloze deletions. Since the "Text" ...


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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 process. I typically start with either an epub publication or something in PDF format. If the publication is an epub, I use Calibre to convert the document to text. ...


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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 top will show you the available cards for this note type and you'll have the preview on the right side of the screen. Typically, Card 1 can be Chinese to ...


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All is well. I am creating a lot of cards, and the template I use creates three cards for each card I create (forward and backward, with picture, with spelling quiz). So I am simply not keeping up with the number of cards I am creating. I am considering upping the new cards/day setting... Anki is working by design!


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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 starting to establish are still very weak. If you haven't seen it yet you can obviously put it off no problem, and if you basically know it you can put reviews ...


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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 word, it makes sense for Anki to bury that card for that day. This is helpful because it means you're not testing yourself on what's essentially the same thing in ...


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