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June 2013 | Frankfurt

Improve memory retention with these free flashcard apps

Taking Learning another language can be as expensive as it is time-consuming, especially when textbook and software costs are considered. But diving deeper into the learning process doesn’t have to be costly. Within the telc news section, we’ll be periodically uncovering some of the best free tools for language learning.

What’s on the syllabus today?

Flashcard apps!

Before we begin, we should note that telc offers two useful tools on our site for English learners with German as their primary language. The flashcard application Lernbox helps you study with preloaded English phrases you would hear in everyday life. Just click the link and you can start right away.

If you prefer physical flashcards, our ready-to-go Word-Box packs, crafted by the mentally and physically challenged members of the Hagsfeld Workshop and Residential Community, can be ordered for just five Euros. You’ll benefit the community and yourself at the same time!

But what if your primary language isn’t German or you’d like to create your own unique set?

First off, there’s Mnemosyne, a particularly clean and stress-free application that allows users to embed not just text but pictures, sounds and even movies on each card. The website provides a download of user-contributed card sets, so you won’t even need to make the cards yourself.

For smart flashcards that focus on the items you have problems with, check out CueCard for Windows or Genius for Mac. These applications record your progress, focusing greater attention on cards you have trouble remembering. Problem cards are recorded and referred back to more often, while cards you remember are brought up less frequently.

For those on the go, consider Anki, an application that can also be used on mobile devices. Not only can you access your media-rich cards on any platform, your cards will also sync across all your devices with the free AnkiWeb synchronization tool.

Finally, if you’d prefer to seek out flashcards before you download any software, check out Flashcard Exchange. The site offers a comprehensive collection of language sets from Afrikaans to Yoruba and everything else in between.

Of course, convenient and free software can only get you so far. As you get more advanced, you’ll have to tailor flashcards to work with your particular style of learning. For this, we ask that you share your flashcard creation techniques with our other readers:

What makes a set of flashcards especially effective to you?

What are some of your tips for remembering things?

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