Use Anki’s SRS (spaced repetition system) to maximize your memorization of new vocabulary in Levantine Arabic.
Anki is a free desktop software program that intelligently schedules items to be reviewed at the most efficient time possible.
Card layout: 1) Levantine Arabic; 2) Phonemic Transcription; 3) Tags: Section Title and Number from Book; 4) English Translation
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 files for the Levantine Colloquial Arabic Vocabulary Anki deck you have purchased. They will automatically import into Anki. Open Anki and you will see the deck ready for study.
The default setting on Anki is to introduce 20 new cards per day. Twenty new words a day is really an ideal goal, as studies have shown this to be in line with the limits of human memory. Aiming to learn many more than this will likely decrease the efficiency of the time you put into learning vocabulary. At a rate of 20 new words a day, you will have learned the entire contents of the Levantine Colloquial Arabic Vocabulary book in under eight months. And keep in mind that you will also be reviewing previously introduced vocabulary each day in addition to the 20 new words. However, if you do want to change the daily new-word limit, you can do so by going into settings → options (next to the deck’s name).
Anki will start testing you from the first section of the book Levantine Colloquial Arabic Vocabulary (available as separate PDF purchase). If you prefer to choose specific sections or words to study, 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 section from the book to study as a subset. All the words (phrases, examples) are tagged to their sections. You can also click “browse” (at the top) and see all the cards. You will see that there are actually two cards for each word (Arabic-English and English-Arabic). You can 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.
Note: The handful of sensitive and vulgar words from the book are not included in the Anki deck.
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