Long-Term Results of Vocab Wars #3: Smart Flashcards

There are flashcards…..and then there are Smart Flashcards.

Smart Flashcards follow the idea that it’s easier to remember something if we couple it with something very familiar to us.

So instead of just having a word or a sentence on a card, with Smart Flashcards you want to use a sentence with things or facts close to home.


Long-Term Results of Vocab Wars #2: Writing Sentences with Foreign Words

Ever since I started its sessions, I’ve been very eager to find out the long-term results of Vocab Wars #2.

The method of choice in Vocab Wars #2 was writing sentences with foreign words. And with writing I mean writing … with pen and paper.

And today — just as I’m about to start the learning sessions for Vocab Wars #4 — it’s time to reveal these long-term results.


Vocab Wars #3 Testing Smart Flashcards + Long-Term Results of Vocab Wars #1

That what’s close to us is easier to remember.

So it makes sense to couple those things to new information we want to learn.

Let’s say I want to learn the word refrigerator. If I happen to have a big, blue and rusty fridge, a good way to learn this word would be with a sentence like this one:

My refrigerator is big, blue and rusty.

I can then stick this sentence to a flashcard, with the word’s translation on the other side.

This is what Smart Flashcards are all about.


Is Writing Sentences With Pen and Paper a Good Way to Learn Foreign Vocab?

Would you remember more writing something down as opposed to just typing it?

Studies suggest: Yes.

And it makes sense:

Typing is just pushing some buttons, while writing involves creating the shape of the characters on your own.

It’s also slower, which exposes you the material for longer at a time.

So then, I thought, it could work with language learning as well.

And that’s what I wanted to find out, albeit in a humble way.


I Tried to Learn 50 Foreign Words in 100 Minutes with Basic Flashcards – Here are the Results

Time for something new.

I always thought it would be great to run some tests and publish the results on Smart Language Learner.

You know, testing the efficiency of language learning methods and sharing the results with you.

Well, I’m going to do just that in a new series called: Vocab Wars.

In each installment, I’ll try to learn 50 new words in 100 minutes by using a different vocabulary learning method.


Judgment Day: Learn German Easily – The Final Report

The second Smart Language Learner case study is over.

It was definitely another interesting journey for me.

I knew very little German and have certainly picked up a lot of things on the way.

So, how did it all go?

Read on to find out.


Learn German Easily: Case Study Report #1

We’re underway!

The Learn German Easily case study has seen its first seven sessions.

How did I do? And more importantly: how did the course perform?

I’ll reveal all the details in this first report.


Learn German Easily – Case Study #2 Announcement

Can you learn German without battling with grammar rules?

Grammatically, German isn’t the easiest language to learn so it would be nice to avoid that.

Well, there’s a course out there that claims it can help you do just that.

Welcome to the second Smart Language Learner Case Study.


Judgment Day: The Final Results for Case Study #1

The first Smart Language Learner case study has come to an end.

On one hand, it’s sad. I’ve had a lot of fun doing the case study.

On the other, it’s exciting because it means I can reveal my final results!

In my first report, the results were great, but only for 30 newly learned words. Will the results hold up now I’ve tried to learn almost 130 words?


A Perfect Recall Rate: Case Study #1 – Report #1

Welcome to the first ever Smart Language Learner case study report.

I’m doing a case study on the Udemy video course: How to Learn and Memorize the Vocabulary of any Language. It’s all about using memory palaces to learn foreign vocabulary.

How did I do in the first week?

All my experiences are documented in this first case study report.