Monday, May 16, 2011

Drill, Drill, Drill!

I know I said in my last post that in order to learn a language you need to drill yourself in it. Here's an example of what I mean:


These are all the German flash cards I have. From time to time I will take out fifteen at a time and go through them just to keep myself fresh.

Sometime mindless repetition is the only way to get things down, especially if you're not exactly the sharpest guy around. I make these by folding index cards in 1/3s, licking the fold and then tearing them. You can do this while you study the flash cards you've already made. Furthermore, simply writing out the flash card is half the step of memorizing the word for a lot of people. I usually have a few extra in my pocket or in my bag, and when I see a new German word I write it down on one side, and then when I'm home or in front of a computer I look it up and write the translation on the other side. Try it out, tell me what you think!

20 comments:

  1. like you said, sometimes you just need to be a meathead and do mindless repetition of something to remember it.. that's the way I learned german too.. 6 years of hard work.. still improving

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  2. Good luck learning German. With those flash cards, you'll probably pick up the language quickly.

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  3. Tycho from Penny Arcade once said that German is basically English spoken by a monster underwater into a walkie talkie.

    I'm not sure if that's helpful for the learning of German or not.

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  4. hahaha I've always wondered what he would have to say about the German language. That's also funny considering the original Tycho Brahe spoke Danish.

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  5. Cards are definitely a very useful way of studying!

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  6. Nice tips man, maybe one thay I will try this ;)

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  7. I remember my mom used those card things with me when i was little :D

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  8. Good luck with learning German. Difficult language to learn indeed. Heck is there any new language out there that is not difficult to learn?

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  9. Yeah flash cards are the best method for keeping up/learning language. Tried and true! +follow

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  10. I started using cards for learning japanese, but then I moved to the digital version. Programs like Anki work really well, specially if you can have the phone app

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  11. I teach English here in Spain and I get my students to make this kind of thing all the time

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  12. how many flash cards do you have in total?

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  13. Kei: I plan to make a post about Anki in the future. :)

    Graham: Cool! I'm really interested in language learning so I would love to hear about the methods you use sometime!

    Only in America: I've never bothered to count.

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  14. fuck study cards, They remind me of my childhood
    Fuck my childhood :(

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  15. ouch haha bet you dont get through all of em

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  16. Wow that's a hell of a big set of flash cards! Good luck with it, keep us posted on your progress.

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