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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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Lately, I’ve been realizing more and more that twitter is one of the best language learning tools. I always have twitter open and check it compulsively every 5 seconds anyway so I might as well have multiple languages being streamed automatically to me anyway to increase exposure.

Right now I’ve focusing on Japanese and Polish so I’ve been subscribing to more and more people who speak these languages just so I can have more content to read constantly. If they turn out to be one of those people who just spams their twitter feed every 2 minutes with uninteresting content, it’s simple enough to just unfollow.

After a while of doing this, you’ll develop interesting and funny language content streams that are constantly delivered for free in front of your eyes throughout the day.