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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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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 SRS more effective than traditional study for vocabulary augmentation?

There is a wealth of research supporting the effectiveness of SRS. From Want to recall 92% of everything you learn? This algorithm makes forgetting difficult: Does SRS really work? Over two dozen ...
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Is SRS more effective than traditional study for vocabulary augmentation?

Well, SRS alone is not sufficient. It will make sure you remember what you learn. However, it will not increase your knowledge except boosting comprehension. It is very useful in practicing character ...
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Which SRS algorithm yields greatest evidence-based remembering

A variety of spaced repetition system have been written and documented, notably on SuperMemo. For a full history, read this. This is also a fantastic resource on Spaced Repetition which explains some ...
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How to combine the new Duolingo (with crowns) with spaced repetition?

Duolingo still retains the information about word and skill strength, even if it is not (easily) accessible to users. There are basically three ways of having spaced repetition with the current ...
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Is it possible to learn grammar through spaced repetition, and if yes, how?

Gabriel Wyner's book Fluent Forever (2014) recommends using cloze deletion tests for learning grammar. Anki has a card type for cloze deletion tests (simply called "Cloze"). When creating a cloze test ...
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Which SRS algorithm yields greatest evidence-based remembering

Original paper of Pimsleur, Paul (1967) "A Memory Schedule" tells about geometrical progression and 5x multiplier for repetition algorithm. It is a naive suggestion and the main reason to go ...
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Repetition interval during initial learning within a day

The question is still very unclear. I looks like you're asking about the value of E-Factor for initial learning. Is that what you want? Is the E-Factor mentioned at the end the same as Coef mentioned ...
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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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Japanese – how to learn it without using SRS?

Sometimes, SRS really does just feel like a chore. I'm definitely not sufficiently consistent with my reviews. However, specifically with Japanese, I have discovered some other ways to improve my ...
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How to make vocabulary acquisition fun?

Fun is very subjective, so I am not sure if my approach will work for you. However, what helped me was: writing a blog; participation in online discussions; doing research or studying something (...
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How to make vocabulary acquisition fun?

Another variety in the same line as the other answers ("fun is important") is reading novels or novellas, or short stories in the target language. Clearly this presupposes a somewhat advanced level of ...
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How to make vocabulary acquisition fun?

As Olga pointed out, it all depends on what you experience as "fun". One way of expanding your vocabulary is extensive reading, which is also known as reading for pleasure. This requires texts where ...
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Japanese – how to learn it without using SRS?

Keep in mind that reading and listening are, generally speaking, passive learning activities. And while passive learning is better than nothing, Active approaches (speaking, writing in the case of ...
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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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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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When using spaced repetition, do I learn less when tired?

Studies have shown that sleep after learning improves recall; see for example Sleep after learning aids memory recall by Steffen Gais et al (2006). Other studies have shown that things you learn 30 ...
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How can I put grammar rules into flashcards?

Which of the three options you choose will depend on your learning goals: If your goal (or one of your goals) is to be able to reproduce grammar rules, learn grammatical terms, etc. (as may be the ...
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How can I put grammar rules into flashcards?

You could put questions about grammar on the front and the answer on the back. See for example studystack.com: What tense is "has/have written"? Present perfect What is the difference ...
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Repetition interval during initial learning within a day

Jeffrey Karpicke, Althea Bauernschmidt - Spaced Retrieval. Absolute Spacing Enhances Learning Regardless of Relative Spacing, 2011 shows that retrieval pattern (traditionally expanding and equal/...
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If someone gets a phrase correct, how many more times should they practice it?

According to research that I cited in this answer, "a typical learner should meet a word about 8 to 10 times to obtain full word knowledge" (F. Rasouli and K. Jafari: "A Deeper Understanding of L2 ...
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Question about Leitner box. How many cards to study from levels other than 1?

When using a Leitner system, you need to make some choices: The first choice is to decide how many new cards to learn per day. It could be 10, it could be 40. It depends on how much time you have, ...
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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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Is there reliable data for the success rates of different methods of learning/reviewing vocabulary?

Your question can't be answered directly. I've read some scientific articles about efficiency of learning. I've always looked for experimental results. Most common experiments are performed on ...
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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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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 was the first computer-based spaced repetition system?

The wired's portrait of SuperMemo creator Piotr Wozniak states that there had been experimental software before SuperMemo, which apparently never got out of the labs: The best time to study ...
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How can I add an audio to my SRS if it is missing on Forvo?

Forvo.com actually does allow you to submit word requests. If a word is not found, for example, kakistocratie, you get a response that looks as follows: For readability, here is what this message ...
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