Anki isn’t really new to most language learners but it is a great tool! Basically the entire program is created for the sole purpose of making you remember things! This means this program isn’t limited to just languages but we can use it for learning Thai of course. Lets check it out!
- Where to get it?
Okay so Anki is a Free download. You can get it from this website:
It is also released for Andoid and iOS as well, but I am not sure if the iOS version is for free now that I come to think about it. You can get the android version from the Google Playstore:
- What is it and how good is it?
In my opinion it is a great program because it does “plant” things in your memory, both short term and long term memory -if used correctly. You can either download decks (a collection of entries) ,created by the hands of other users and learners, from the internet, but I found that adding your own entries is the best way to remember words, phrases, because these are actually applicable to your very own situation. Downloading decks is okay to some degree (say you want to practice Thai numbers, no need to create your own) but learning languages is a process of finding material you find interesting and with Anki you can practice just that!
The principle of carrying a notebook around has been taken to another level really. Write things down that you want to ask, remember or know, and then check with native speakers how to actually say these! This is a powerful strategy that many succesful language learners used and are still using. Then add these to your Thai Anki deck in order to never forget them anymore. You can have multiple decks and it is a really powerful way to remember the things that you find interesting!
Another way to use it, would be to just read Thai on facebook and the internet (pantip, everyday-readers, baagames, kapook, up to you really!) and find phrases, material or words that you want to remember and add them to your Anki deck. The sky is the limit!
- Well this sure sounds cool and all and I am convinced.. How does this actually work?
Entries (cards) have a front side and a backside. The frontside is usually for a question or challenge (that you put up I have to add) and the backside has the answer to it. It looks like this (entry taken from www.pickup-thai.com):
So this is what you see and then you click “Show answer” to check if you managed to think it out. Indeed it will show you the answer:
You can then choose if you want to either change the entry or rerun it. If you are just starting out you can tell Anki if it was easy, สบายๆ or hard. Anki then schedules the next repetition of this entry based on the answer you give. Great stuff right here!
- Is it worth it?
Yes it is. Anki is a great tool and a lot of people are using it already, not only for language learning but also for schooltests, mathmatics, quantum phsyics or just to remember what to buy at a grocery store even though I reckon that taking a slip of paper with you is easier. There are a lot of SRS flashcard programs out there, but Anki is probably the one that is most used. Another free app to add to your android Thai learning collection (the other one being Learn Thai From a White Guy app which was reviewed here).
Modern age technology truly is a great way to learn languages and Anki is one of the gems that you need in your collection, even though the use of it doesn’t seem as obvious as the other “learn Thai” apps. I find this one really good and I would recommend it any day! Your thoughts?