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How to make better language flashcards by combining writing practice with spaced repetition

Write, get your writing corrected by native speakers, and turn your mistakes into flashcards

Elise Cutts

10-Minute Read

Picture of a woman's hand writing

Writing is one of my favorite ways to actively study German. It is great for vocabulary building and grammar practice, and in the absence of speaking opportunities, it is the only way to get practice with production skills. But beyond simply being a great way to practice on its own, writing is a key component of how I use flashcards and spaced repetition to learn German. In this post, I break down how to use writing practice to get more out of spaced repetition systems like Anki.

Booster Pack: German cooking verbs

A free Anki deck of 38 German cooking verbs. Images, audio, example sentences, color-coding, and cloze deletions for every word.

Elise Cutts

5-Minute Read

I’m a bad cook, so it’s difficult for me to follow recipes even when they’re written in plain English—let alone sputtered out rapid-fire in German as I try to handle knives and hot pans without maiming myself. But I’ve been cooking more with my boyfriend, and when he bothers to use a recipe all it always ends up as rapid-fire German sputtering even if it started out a written recipe. Clearly it was time to get to work on a flashcard deck of German cooking verbs.

10 great German science YouTube channels

Get your German language immersion with a side of nerdy awesomeness with these 10 German science YouTube channels

Elise Cutts

6-Minute Read

German science videos were some of the first “real” German media that I could understand. It might sound like a tough place to start, but thanks to the overlap between English and German scienctific vocabulary, science videos can actually be a great entry into authentic German content (especially if you’re a nerd like me). These 10 channels are a great resource for German learners or anyone else looking for awesome science videos in German.

Booster Pack: German tree vocabulary

An Anki deck of 45 free German flashcards all about trees. Images, example sentences, color-coding, and cloze deletions for every word—and now audio, too.

Elise Cutts

5-Minute Read

When we learn a new language, we focus on learning the words we actually need to communicate. But eventually, you might want to be able to get across points like “pine tree” without having to say things like “der Baum, der Nadeln statt Blätter hat.”

The best German Anki template. Probably. Automatic color-coding and cloze deletions

This free template automatically color-codes nouns based on gender, highlights irregular verbs, and even generates cloze deletions based on example sentences without an extra click. Supports images and audio.

Elise Cutts

6-Minute Read

After almost a year of experimentation, I’m finally satisfied enough with my German Anki template to dare to think it might be useful for others. So in the spirit of Mads Mikkelsen advertising a pretty mediocre Danish beer as “probably the best beer in the world,” I’ll say that this is “probably the best German Anki template on the internet.” You can download it for free.

Create German quizzes from YouTube videos with this free website

Interpolly is a free website that was built by a software developer who used YouTube to learn German. It allows you to create vocabulary quizzes from YouTube videos, 100% for free!

Elise Cutts

3-Minute Read

Interpolly lets you turn YouTube videos into vocabulary quizzes

Scrolling through Reddit today, I came across a great new website for German learners made by an r/German user. The site is called Interpolly, and it allows you to easily create German vocabulary quizzes from YouTube videos. I checked it out and really liked the site, so I thought I’d write up a little review as a way of saying thanks to the developer for making this free tool for German learners.

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