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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!