Monoglot Anxiety

Monoglot Anxiety

Learn German for free with the language blog that doesn't take itself too seriously. Written by an enthusiastic German learner with a flashcard addiction. Free Anki decks every month.

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

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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.

A candid review of Pimsleur Danish

The listening-based approach is good for phonetically-tricky Danish, but the dialogue is weirdly irrelevant unless your primary motivation for learning Danish is picking up girls abroad.

Elise Cutts

13-Minute Read

Headphones and a danish flag. Pimsleur Danish is a decent way to get a start with Danish, but it has its flaws.

I received a lot of reccomendations of the Pimsleur language programs from family members back when I was preparing to head to Denmark in 2019. So naturally, I picked up Pimsleur Danish 1, never finished it, and forgot about it until about a month ago when I found the little blue Pimsleur logo lurking in my app drawer. I had been focusing on German exclusively until then, but given what I’d paid for Pimsleur (too much, see below), my stinginess demanded that I give Danish another shot.

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.

Elise Cutts

6-Minute Read

A German flashcard with automatically-generated cloze deletion.

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.

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Learning German is hard. My goal is to help you do it without wanting to pull your hair out. This blog is full of free tips and resources for German learners that I've put together based on my experience teaching myself German. A lot of those tips are related to using Anki to learn German faster, and I post new free Anki decks every month. Click to learn more.

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