Learning Languages with Anki &Spaced Repetition


Spaced repetition is a method to learn new material and then review the material at spaced-out intervals. This often involves the use of flashcards.

You are presented with a flashcard and decide whether it is “easy” or “hard.” Based on this evaluation, the app’s Spaced Repetition System (SRS) algorithm determines when the flashcard will be shown to you to review next time.

Doing this regularly prepares your mind to transfer certain information from short-term memory to long-term memory. Spaced repetition can be seen as an improvement over the old paper flashcard technique.


Flashcards work by cramming the material into the student’s memory, regardless of how many times the student has successfully memorized the material. This makes the learning process boring and unpleasant. Spaced repetition overcomes this disadvantage by presenting the material to the student at a frequency inversely proportional to his or her ability to remember the learned material. In other words, learners ideally review the material shortly before they are about to forget it.

Anki – A Spaced-Repetition Software

Many students and language learners see Anki as one of the best-spaced repetition flashcard software. Anki means “memorization” in Japanese, and that’s precisely what the Anki flashcards app is. This allows you to memorize specific information, such as a foreign language.

Interestingly, Anki was not developed initially or marketed as a language-learning app. However, it is handy for learning new vocabulary and grammar.

How Many Words to Understand A language

“How many words do I need to understand X% of the language?” Stuart Webb, a linguistics professor at the University of Western Ontario, says a typical native speaker is between 15,000 and 20,000 word families. A word family is a group of words that share the same root (e.g. break, breaker, broken, etc. all count as a word family). A language student learning the 800 most common English words can understand 75% of the language used daily.

Francis and Kucera found in a 1982 study that a vocabulary of 2,000-word families was sufficient to cover almost 80 percent of written English. According to Professor Webb, to understand film or television dialogue, knowing the 3,000 most common word families is necessary. A similar statement was made by the famous linguist Paul Nation, who defines 3000 as the appropriate threshold for high-frequency words required by a second language learner.

Using a Book as a Guide when Learning a Language with Anki

You can find many Anki decks online. Some are free, and many others are not. However, the issue with many of these decks is that they do not have a clear learning path or strategy. The student attempts to cover as many cards as possible. However, memorization is not enough to master a language. That requires a deeper understanding of the material being presented by the Anki flashcards.

To tackle this shortcoming, the products from ADROS VERSE EDUCATION provide the missing link by giving an introduction through grammar lessons and progressive difficulty to help you improve your understanding of the language while using your Anki cards.


For each language, ADROS VERSE EDUCATION presents two products:

Book: With six-course levels, from easy to highly advanced, it offers a natural path to improve your language skills. The book is now available in the Spanish, French, and Italian languages and will soon be available in Portuguese.

Anki Package:

Featuring an incredible anki deck collection of 5,000+ Spanish flashcards that you can use independently or hand-in-hand with the book “Learn & Retain Spanish with Spaced Repetition,” the Spanish Anki decks include grammar material and audio elements to help you with pronunciation.

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