Use Anki’s SRS (spaced repetition system) to study Russian vocabulary, while improving your listening and reading skills and overall fluency.
Anki is a free desktop software program that intelligently schedules items to be reviewed at the most efficient time possible.
Card layout: 1) Russian word or example sentence; 2) On reveal, English translation; 3) Tag shows part of speech, category, or example. (Watch video to see the cards in action.)
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 Beginning Learner’s Russian Dictionary deck you have purchased. It will automatically import into Anki. Open Anki and you will see the deck ready for study.
With over 2,000 flashcards, this Anki deck contains all of the headwords from the Beginning Learner’s Russian Dictionary. The deck includes reverse-cards, bringing the actual total number of cards to over 4,000. These reverse-cards show the English translation first, forcing you to see how well you can recall the Russian. See the sample images to get a better understanding of the cards’ layouts.
Audio, recorded by native speakers of Russian, accompanies each card.
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).
There are four ways you can study the cards:
- Alphabetical order: By default, cards will be presented in alphabetical order. (You can check your settings under Options to see if it is set to Alphabetical Order.) Each headword from the dictionary will be presented, followed by its example sentence(s).
- Random order: Click Options and set the order to “show new cards in random order.” You will see both headwords and example sentences. If you only want to study headwords (and not example sentences), suspend all cards tagged “example”.
- Only specific words: If you prefer to focus on specific words, you can suspend all cards (so that they are not presented) and unsuspend only those you which to be tested on. To suspend all cards: Browse → Current Deck → highlight all cards → Suspend. Then search for cards you want to be tested on and click “suspend” to unsuspend them. Unfortunately, Anki has some search limitations. You may not be able to find a Russian word because accent marks have been written to show stress. To get around this, download the add-on “Ignore accents in browser search” (code: 1924690148), which adds a check-box next to the search bar. For more tips on searching in Anki, click here.
Names: By default, personal names have been suspended, as you may not find studying these cards useful. You can search for the tag “name” and unsuspend them, if desired.
Informal ‘You’: When studying the English-Russian cards, you would not be able to tell if the Russian translation will be using forms of the informal singular ты or the formal/plural вы. When “you” refers to the informal pronoun, it is marked with an asterisk.
Audio: 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.
Ask questions and get answers in the forums. Be sure to tag your discussion with the name of the book your question refers to.
Oksana Baranova, co-author of the Beginning Learner’s Russian dictionary, is ready to help you take your Russian to the next level with 1-on-1 Skype lessons.
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