I want to read and learn all I can, write thoughtfully and truthfully, live according to reason and ever more mature wisdom, and savor every wonderful little gift of life.
This is my flashcard study system for learning foreign language vocabulary. Yes, I know there are lots of fancy software programs and apps for learning languages, but this is how I like to do it! (I also study a book for grammar and listen to an audio program for speaking and listening). Right now I’m learning French.
As you can see, I cut 3-by-5 notecards in half and write the French word on one side and the English word on the other. I separate the words into packs, and for each pack I make a front card, on which I write the pack’s category (verbs, adj./adv./prep., nouns in a certain category) and leave a space to write the dates I reviewed the pack. This makes it easier to keep the packs in a regular rotation.
When I’m reviewing a flashcard pack, I look at the English word and try to recall the French word. If I know it, I put the card at the back of the pack and keep going. If I don’t know it, I look at the answer and then put the card aside, and I keep going through the pack. I review the set-aside cards a few times after I’m done with the pack (sometimes doing another round of setting aside, if there are a lot I don’t know), then put them on the top of the pack, clip it back together (or use a rubber band, when I run out of clips), and write the date on the front card.
It’s helpful for me to have a regular time and place each day for reviewing a vocab flashcard pack. An alternative is to keep the packs somewhere I can easily see them, to remind me to review my French vocab words.
At present, I think I’ve got my flashcard packs mostly memorized…which means it’s time to make more!