Shared Decks Saved My Life!

Well, maybe that’s a bit of an exaggeration… But, remember that French frequency dictionary I mentioned a while back? I was going to use that to make flashcards out of the 5000 most common words. All I needed to decide was which flashcard program to use.

I tested out both Anki (free on desktop) and Chegg (free on mobile) and was seriously leaning towards Chegg when I noticed an option at the bottom of Anki to get shared decks that people had already created.

Clicking here takes you to a website…  


Do you see what I see?!

With audio?! …


Are you kidding me?!

g.stieglitz from Germany, whoever you are, YOU good sir are a GIANT among men. (I wrote him to tell him so).

So it’s a done deal. Anki will help light my way the next couple of years. I always liked its learning algorithm better anyway. As you review your cards, you don’t just mark them with a binary Yes I Got it Right or No I Missed It system. Rather, Anki uses a soft in, soft out algorithm, meaning you rate each card by how difficult it was for you, and that determines how long it will be before Anki presents it to you again. 

Awesome.  On y va, Anki.