jeff_lindqvist wrote:Instead of editing the algorithm intervals, I give each card a lower rating (never Again, because that will eventually result in a leech; Hard makes the card appear relatively soon ( ! ); Good is possibly too long into the future and Easy is definitely too long). When I flip a card, I also see when it's due - usually that tells me how new a card is, and if I "should" send it to the future by choosing a better rating.
In short, Hard is what I sometimes use to (kind of) mimic overlearning. It may defeat the purpose of the software, but again, we can never know if the SRS is "perfectly" adapted to our own forgetting curve.
This is probably the easiest way to do overlearning with Ankidroid. What I could do is to combine this with defining three swipe gestures: one for "again", one for "hard", and one for "easy". On the first day I just would gesture "again" a few times, then "hard" so that the card will show up the next day. The next two days, I could do the same, so overlearning would continue. On the fourth day, I would have to gesture "easy". If I would alter the interval for "easy" to a very long time (say 30 days), I would successfully have emulated Glossika. But really, is it worth it? I would have to do muuuch swiping.
jeff_lindqvist wrote:Or just don't use Anki at all. People have learned languages before. You can cram the material in a number of ways. I think Ari created playlists full of ChinesePod lessons and just deleted stuff as he got tired of it.
This is so true. People have learned languages in all times without any gadgets. Normally I'm not an Anki "follower" either. For overlearning, I would just sit in an armchair with my Assimil or Linguaphone or whatever in hand and repeat the dialogues until they become second nature. This works without any "preparations" (i.e. feeding sentences into Anki) whatsoever. But believe me, this is not
as effective as doing Glossika, as I found out at least for myself: With Glossika, there's no "position effect", that is to say that one recalls a sentence only in the context of a specific dialogue. Furthermore, without modern devices, you always have to guide yourself whether you should repeat the dialogue at hand another time or not, or whether you should revise a specific dialogue at all. With Glossika, it's just listening and speaking, be it in the armchair, on the go or - as I did this very evening - doing the dishes. Unbelievable (at least for me) but true: I revised tonight about 400 sentence pairs (which I had "overlearned" with Glossika a few weeks ago) while doing household chores and with only very few mistakes. How would I have done this with an Assimil book in my hands? When have I been able to memorize so many sentences without any effort to remember? Certainly not
by reading, reciting and repeating dialogues from a book. So modern gadgets can
provide considerable assistance. But unfortunately it takes a hell of a lot of effort to set up and "feed" the devices in such a way that their advantages come into effect.