How to Increase Spanish Vocabulary using ANKI

In this Translate from Spanish to English episode, we discus how to increase Spanish vocabulary by learning how to use an SRS -spaced time repetition system: this is about how to use ANKI and how to use ANKI from your android phone which is by far the easiest method of all since you are with your android phone almost all the time.


We have uploaded a YouTube video for this therefore this is going to be self explanatory. Watch it here:

Some important stuff though:

1) This can be downloaded for free here: But if you are having some problems there is another free downloadable here. But that might not be updated so if you can download it from the ANKI site it would be great.

2) NEVER EVER go for the iport word list feature! There is a feature out there that allows you to import word lists from any dictionary installed into your phone. That is very useless for one wordlists are useless duh! You will end up being overwheled by the words that don’t see to make sense because there is no context and therefore they cannot be “burned” into the brain effectively.

3) I know ALL of the words in my ANKI! Just show me the card I know what it means. How? Easy. Because its so damn hard for me to type into a smart phone. And mine happens to be a very non-sensitive one as you can see in the video, therefore typing them in alone will make the sentences stick to your brain which brings us to:

4) Never skip typing the entries: I just learned that the act of typing alone will help greatly in retention.

5) Spanish sentences go on front of the cards and the English translation on the back of the cards. You learn a language by exposure; it wouldn’t help your Spanish learning to be exposed to English would it? Therefore train your mind to see the Spanish first then think “feel” what it means; not necessarily translating to English word per word. With mine I set the TTS-Text to Speech on. Usually its correct as long as you set the proper intonation in some words like “algo habrá- Something else is in it”. If you just put habra it is going to pronounce it with the intonation at the first syllable when it’s supposed to be at the last. TTS is good since I sometimes train by just listening to the sentences- not only trains my vocabulary but my apprehension power as well.

So until next time ¡Hasta Luego!

¡Que Dios te bendiga!

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