Use Anki’s SRS (spaced repetition system) to study the use of vocabulary, idioms, collocations, and pronunciation of native speakers of Russian, 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) English translation of question; 2) English translation of response; 3) Tags show chapter number and speaker’s name; 4) Question in Russian; 5) Response in Russian (Each card has two versions: English-Russian and Russian-English. 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 file for the Немного о Себе Anki deck you have purchased. It will automatically import into Anki. Open Anki and you will see the deck ready for study.
The 450 flashcards are meant to be used as a study tool in conjunction with the book Russian with Native Speakers (Book 1). There is one flashcard for each of the 30 questions and the fourteen native speakers’ 420 responses. The deck includes reverse-cards, bringing the actual total number of cards to 900. 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.
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 Question 1) or in random order. If you prefer to focus on specific questions, 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 a question by number from the book to study as a subset. Alternatively, you can choose one of the fourteen native speakers by name to study that individual’s responses to all 30 questions. 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.
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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