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Version 2.0.0 - July 20, 2020

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The major breaking change is:

  1. Users that have front matter that utilize images (backwards compatibility for featured and associated parameters still remains) will need to adjust from [images]="SRC" to the new format.
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  3. User custom template for comments will require adjustment if it uses the theme’s CSS and/or JS.
  4. User custom CSS may need to adjust due to a variety of class name changes and specificity changes.

While I realize this is inconvenient, I hope that it is worth it to you in the long run. Thanks for using the theme, and feel free to submit issues as needed.

Monoglot Anxiety

Monoglot Anxiety

A blog about language and language learning that doesn't take itself too seriously. Anki resources for German, with free vocabulary 'booster packs' on the first friday of every month.

Are your classmates in your Klasse, Jahrgang, or Studienrichtung?

Many of the terms Americans often use to talk about education just don't translate well to German. Don't get confused by false friends like Klasse like I did!

Monoglot Anxiety

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How do you say “class of 2020” in German? TLDR: you might get away with Jahrgang 2016, but that translation might not carry all the meaning you expect it to—especially if you’re from the US.

Voabulary booster pack: German words that mean 'drunk'

Words to make sure you're prepared for your next trip to a Biergarten, with an Anki deck and a funny song to help you remember them—even after a few drinks

Monoglot Anxiety

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Depending on your stereotypes of German speakers, you may or may not be surprised to learn that there are a lot of words that mean “drunk” in German. This post walks through 18 of them as well as words for discussing the aftermath of a night out. I’ve also put them together as a neat set of Anki cards so you might have a shot at remembering them when the time comes.

Anki template for German that automatically generates cloze deletions and color-codes nouns

Using the magic of German grammar, this Anki template automatically color-codes nouns by gender and generates cloze deletions without extra clicks or note types—just enter the word and an example sentence.

Monoglot Anxiety

6-Minute Read

One of my major frustrations with Anki is the stiffness of cloze-formatted cards. They just don’t play nice with basic card types. So while I often want to incorperate cloze deletions into my decks, making seperate notes for clozes of my example sentences is simply beyond my effort tolerance. So instead of spending an extra 30sec/card, I did the clearly easier thing and spent a week figuring out how to get basic cards to automatically make cloze deletions based on example sentences.

Fehler Files: Talking about talking in German

I tell 'dir' but ask 'dich.' Why? A quick review of the cases taken by verbs describing speech like sagen, fragen, and erzählen

Monoglot Anxiety

4-Minute Read

Clawing my brain apart trying to remember whether a verb takes the dative or accusative case is one of those universal German-learning struggles that I imagine inspired the whole “Deutsche Sprache, schwere Sprache” idea. And I’ve noticed that many of the words that most often initiate a holy-$h!#-what-case-do-I-use death-spiral are the common verbs describing speech: sagen, fragen, and co.

Conditional formatting based on field content for Anki flashcards

Change card styling and text based on the content of your note fields, not just whether they're empty or not empty

Monoglot Anxiety

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conditionally formatted german flashcards for cat and dog

Anki allows conditoinal formatting based on whether or not fields are empty, but you’ll need to use a bit of code to change your cards based on field content. Luckily, it’s not that hard, and using this trick you can conditionally display text as well. I use it to color-code my German flashcards by noun gender without having to do everything by hand.

Is Duolingo bad? Maybe, but it's still worth downloading

Any language-learning tool that can compete against social media and mobile games for our attention is worth giving a shot

Monoglot Anxiety

5-Minute Read

Duolingo gets a lot of flack in some corners of the language-learning internet, and there’s good reason for that. Nobody is going to reach fluency in a foreign language just by using a game app. Still, I think many critics miss an important point: Duolingo scratches the phone itch. And that’s no small thing.

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A blog about language and language learning that doesn't take itself too seriously. Anki resources for German, with free vocabulary 'booster packs' on the first friday of every month.