Use Anki’s SRS (spaced repetition system) to maximize your memorization of verb conjugations in Egyptian Arabic. Anki is a free desktop software program that intelligently schedules items to be reviewed at the most efficient time possible.
IT’S EASY! If you don’t already have Anki, visit the Anki website and download the free desktop program. Once Anki is installed, simply click on the file for the Big Fat Book of Egyptian Arabic Verbs Anki deck you have purchased. It will automatically import into Anki. Open Anki and you will see the deck ready for study.
The over 2000 flashcards are meant to be used as a study tool in conjunction with the book The Big Fat Book of Egyptian Arabic Verbs. There is one flashcard for each of the example sentences from the book. However, the verb in question is replaced in the sentence with an English prompt (translation) in square brackets. The prompt is meant to help you determine the verb form needed in the sentence, but it is often different from the more natural English translation. For example, an active participle is shown in the prompt as an English gerund (verb with -ing). Keep in mind, however, that the active participle in Egyptian Arabic is often used to show a past action with a present result, similar to the present perfect tense in English. The prompt will show a subject pronoun (he, she, etc.) when the subject cannot be inferred from the rest of the sentence. Gender (m = masculine; f = feminine) and number (pl = plural) are also shown when helpful. Below the sentence, you will see “Show Hint.” Click on this to reveal the verb in its base form. Now you just need to determine the correctly conjugated form of this verb. Say it out loud or write it down on paper. (The cards do not allow typed answers because even one difference in tashkeel (diacritics) will cause the card not to match the answer and be counted as incorrect.) If you are not sure how to conjugate the verb, or prefer to locate the form (as a kind of ‘multiple choice’), refer to the corresponding page in the book–the table number is given below the Hint. Just be sure not to look at the following page with the example sentences if you look up a table! When you click on the “Show Answer” button, you will see the complete sentence, the English translation, and hear the audio.
The deck also includes cards for the basic verb forms (3rd person singular perfect and imperfect forms and masdar(s)). You will be tested Arabic-English and English-Arabic. To study the verbs meanings in isolation (without the example sentences), create a custom study deck choosing the tag 0_verbs. (See following paragraph for instructions.)
The default setting on Anki is to introduce 20 new cards per day. If you want to change the daily new-card limit, you can do so by going into settings → options (next to the deck’s name). You can also choose whether to study the cards in order (starting from Table 1) or in random order. If you prefer to focus on specific tables, you can create a “custom study deck”. Open the main deck and then click on “custom study” (at the bottom) → study by card state or tag → choose tags. Then you can choose one table from the book to study as a subset. You can also search words and add your own tags, then go back to custom study and choose your tag to create a custom study deck. When you’ve finished studying your custom study deck, you can delete it. The cards will remain in the main deck and Anki will remember that you have studied them and bring them up for review later.
Press r to repeat a card’s audio. You can record your voice (shft+V) and replay it (v) to compare your pronunciation. For any other questions regarding the use of the Anki program, please refer to the documentation on the Anki site.