An SRS question to those who have been using a vocab deck with “word in English” <> “pronunciation in Japanese” notes. Have you tried reviewing only recall cards (English > Japanese), thus excluding the recognition ones? (Japanese > English) On the long run, have you found that useful enough? If you did, is their something you have been doing that have helped compensate with the lack of “recognition” reviews?
’Waaay to long’ version! (*if you have a bit more time to spare… If so, I would love hearing your thoughts on my daily routine *)
I have been learning Japanese for 2 years, mostly through evening classes. Reading about SRS on Tofugu, I have adopted Anki quite early during my Japanese studies. Anki has been of tremendeous help for retaining knowledge on the short and long run.
So far, I have been using Minna No Nihongo as my main source for vocab, grammar and exercises. After much experimentation, I ended up with the following way of injecting the knowledge from the book into my Anki deck:
- Vocab: for each vocab of a chapter, I add 1 note with the English word + 1-2 tiny examples on one side, and the correspondance in Japanese on the other side. This note becomes 2 cards, one for recall (English > Japanese) and one for recognition (Japanese > English). I always include furigana, since I intend to learn kanjis through Wanikani (is there any other way? )
- Grammar: for each grammar point, I have 1 recall-only ‘rule’ note (“How to…?” > grammatical structure), and 2 recall-only notes of examples (sentence in english > sentence in japanese with furigana). I guess this generates 30-40 grammar cards per chapter?
Doing so, I went through almost all of the first 2 Minna No Nihongo books . It worked very well (although to be honest, working through these flaschards feels a bit like cleaning a dirty fridge everyday: it takes time, and I would rather be doing something else. Anyhoo. )
The thing is, to keep up with the pace of my classes (1.5 chapter/week), I ended up injecting 20 new cards a day into my deck. At some point, I found myself with ~4000 cards, and piles of daily reviews that looked like deadly 4-meters-high-waves So after completing my last evening class, I kept working by myself, but reduced the injection of new cards to 10 a day. 10 cards is fine. The 10-cards has proved to be a trustworthy friend. Thanks to this friend, I have a quite steady volume of reviews, around 150 a day, which is ok (but still feels like cleaning a dirty fridge, I guess it can’t be helped. )
Unfortunately, this routine won’t do anymore, even if the 10-cards rule became a less friendly 15-cards rule.
The happy part of the story is that have just joined a language school (~3 hours class/day) :school, and will study there for a few months. There is a lot we see everyday, and that’s great. Unfortunately, the new knowledge won’t fit into my Anki routine. Consider the vocab: with 5 new words a day, for instance, I already need to add 10 cards/day to keep up (1 recognition + 1 recall per vocab). But this would leave no room for grammar cards.
That said, If I were to keep only recall, or recognition cards for vocab, that would divide by 2 the number such new cards per day!
Hence my question: have you tried dropping the recognition (Japanese>English) side of your notes, and kept only the recall (English>Japanese) one? Did it really work in improving your Japanese? If so, do you think there is something else you have done that have replaced those “recognition” reviews?
I am thinking, maybe being exposed again to these japanese word in class will suffice to work on my recognition skill? Also, maybe watching anime and drama on Netflix will also help? (esp. with the great furigana-ed subtitles from Language Learning With Netflix) But this is all very hypothetical, and I would really love hearing about your own experience on this topic!!
And maybe I am missing something, and maybe I am not looking at the situation the right way? I would be very grateful for any insight you can share Thanks!