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It’s funny because I recently wrote a post talking about reviewing less¬† and ever since I wrote that post I’ve been spending a lot more time blasting through cards in anki.

I’ve got decks going for Japanese, Polish, and Mandarin right now and things are going very well, indeed.¬† I think it’s due to my new 5 card “limit” per day.

You see, this isn’t really a limit and more of an incredibly low starting point to get you in the flow of doing something(anything) at all in that language. I now often find myself knocking down 5 cards an hour in each deck instead of doing 5 a day. I’ve just really been in the mood lately.

Some SRSing things that work for me:

1. Keep cards extremely short. (I can’t stand massive context clozed deletion cards)

2. Keep your decks to under 1000 cards each. My first sentence deck in Japanese was over 5000 cards and when large parts of it got boring, I felt like it would be too much of a hassle to fix it. If you keep your decks limited to something like 1000 cards, your decks evolve over time with your interests and style to keep you progressing as well.

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Well, that’s a strange title.

Basically, that’s what I’ve decided to do along side my Japanese and Polish studies. I’ve got a couple Mandarin decks I’ve downloaded from the shared deck section in the anki program. Right now I’m gonna work through one set of decks that have sound and one deck that doesn’t.

This is ZERO STRESS. I’m just gonna do 5 or 10 cards each day to get my brain primed and ready for if I ever decide to start studying Mandarin hardcore. Not only will this get my brain ready to tackle this language, I’ll also build up a nice amount of vocab with hardly trying.

If you have a language you’ve had your eye on but don’t want to take too much time away from your current language of choice. You might want to try this low stress way to get your mind ready to get some ass when you’re ready for full time study in your new language.

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