Well I managed to complete the 10k challenge. Lots of new cards and I have a flood of review cards. But the plan now is to remove most if these decks and reload with new ones.
I have a few questions:
Was that a mix of languages?
What kind of cards were you using?
Do you feel it helped?
What's your thinking behind replacing your decks with new ones?
It was a mixture of languages, I had FInnish, Mandarin, French, Italian all included in various decks. It was a mixture of cards as well. The Finnish cards were some which I'd made using emk's substudy and the subs2srs program, so these had audio, a picture, TL & NL text. The French cards were some really good computer generated sentence cards
with text-to-voice audio, TL & NL sentences. The Italian cards were also subs2srs cards, and the Mandarin cards were a huge mixture of character-translation, susbs2srs, and two downloaded decks:Chinese HSK 1 - 150 Words, 300 Example Sentences, with AudioChinese Sentences and audio, spoon fed
Do I think it helped... probably not the way I was doing it. I think it wasn't as useful as it could have been because I was using the "shotgun" effect. I think it was actually more useful to be doing related cards while progressing other studies. My thinking behind changing decks was my anki decks should be more sniper rifle than shotgun. Without going into huge details, I've parked a lot of the languages and tried to concentrate on one at a time. In the latter stages of this challenge, I've been binge watching French, and the French sentences in Anki were really helpful but the Mandarin ones were just a distraction.
I've decided to change the cards to be only about the language which I'm concentrating on right now. I've loaded two Italian decks. One is one I created from an Italian word frequency list which has the top 20k most used words, and part 1 & 2 of a computer generated Italian sentence deck similar to the French one I was using. 15000 Italian sentences sorted from easy to hard — part1& part2
What I learned from this challenge:
- 10k new cards isn't as difficult as it sounds, it is the reviews that kill you.
- A mixture of card types, with/without audio, cloze, sentence cards, word only cards, are all effective but one type of card isn't as effective. A mixture also allows you to flip between card types if you're bored with word only, do sentences, or swap subs2srs for word only, etc.
- Concentrate on only one language at a time.
- Always carry your headsets, or have a lot of non-audio cards as a fall back.
- Sometimes you don't need to review. For example if you have audio for 16k sentences in a language you're B-ish level, just listening to the sentence and parsing it in your head is useful, the repetition of this sentence immediately probably isn't as useful.
- Flipping through cards can be as useful as memorisation.
I also need to point out I wasn't spending ages on each card, and I spent very little time reviewing individual cards, I either knew them or I didn't. I didn't spend a lot of time picking if the card was easy/good/hard to remmeber, if I knew it then I pressed "good" if I didn't I pressed "Again". Because I wanted to see lots of different cards, I was repressing reviews, and encouraging new cards.
Hopefully that answered your questions. I'm planning to do just as many cards, just reducing the number of languages to one.