What are Anki Flashcards?
Anki, derived from the Japanese word meaning ‘to memorise,’ is not only a term but also a powerful application designed to aid in the memorisation process. With Anki, you can effectively memorise a wide range of information, including vocabulary items. This program revolutionises the way we remember things by offering an efficient alternative to traditional study methods. As a result, you have the option to significantly reduce the time spent studying while simultaneously increasing the amount of information you retain. Anki flashcards incorporate spaced repetition, further enhancing the effectiveness of the learning experience.
Spaced repetition is an evidence-based learning technique that is usually performed with flashcards. Newly introduced and more difficult flashcards are shown more frequently while older and less difficult flashcards are shown less frequently in order to exploit the psychological spacing effect.
How Anki works
This is how it works: Anki shows you a vocabulary card, let’s say rumah. You just learned that rumah means ‘house’, and you flip the card. Anki now gives you three choices: it asks you whether it was easy, whether you hesitated, or whether you didn’t remember the word. If you remembered the word easily, Anki will not ask you again during this session, but it will ask again in a week. If after a week you still know that rumah means house, it will ask. again in a month. If after a month you still remember the word, Anki knows that you have memorised it very. well. But, just. to be. on the safe side, it. will prompt. you again in a year!
By utilising Anki, you can ensure long-term retention of the vocabulary you’ve learned. Furthermore, Anki allows for customisation according to your preferences. For example, you can limit the number of vocabulary items to no more than 20 or allocate a specific duration, such as 10 minutes per day, which can be extended if you have additional time available. This flexibility enables you to tailor your learning experience to suit your needs.
The Anki spaced repetition flashcards provide various statistics related to your learned vocabulary. It offers great flexibility in terms of card layout and review timing. You can use Anki to learn either Indonesian to English or vice versa. Additionally, Anki supports audio, so the words are not just displayed but also spoken by a native speaker. Thousands of words have been recorded for you to enhance your learning experience. Moreover, you have the option to switch off the text display and solely listen to the items.
Anki is a highly versatile application that is compatible with a wide range of platforms, making it extremely convenient for vocabulary learning. Whether you find yourself waiting for the bus or taking a quick coffee break, you can easily access Anki on your smartphone to improve your vocabulary skills. You can use Anki on various operating systems, including Android, iOS (iPhones), Windows, Linux, and Mac OS X, allowing you to seamlessly integrate it into your preferred device or operating system. This flexibility ensures that you can make the most of Anki’s features regardless of your chosen platform.
Anki is (mostly) free
And the best thing is – Anki is a free application. Well, at least for Android, and for all computers. If you are an iPhone user, they charge you $25, but, hey, when you can afford an iPhone, then $25 are nothing, right?
We have developed Anki decks for almost all of our courses. For the upper level courses Anki is no longer audio supported because at that stage you already know how to pronounce Indonesian.
So go to your course homepage, and check the link to the Anki download page. We provide the Anki flashcard decks, but you must download the Anki application yourself.