I kinda stumbled upon an interesting way to ease the transition into audiobooks using Anki.
How to do this:
First of all, you need the book as mp3 files (mine came that way).
You then load this into Audacity and use the Analyze -> Sound Finder feature to split it into discrete phrases.
These phrases can then be used to create individual cards in anki.
Why I think this is something worth creating a thread about:
There are basically two reasons that I really liked this:
- You can easily press the play again button to repeat a phrase as many times as you like. This is a lot easier than having to rewind a preset 10 or so seconds every time.
- You can flag the sentences you didn’t understand. If you can also find a text version of the book, you can then create proper flash cards from them with the audio on the front side and the text on the back. You can even optionally sort these using morphman.
Even just 1) alone is a big help I think, and by using 2) you can also use anki to practice vocabulary you might otherwise not be able to guess.
Note though that creating these autio+text flash cards takes a bit of time, while you can easily listen to hundreds of sound files in a single go. Therefore I usually limit myself to just making ten or so each day, meaning I can listen at any pace I want without forcing hours of workload upon my poor future self.
Well, that’s it, really. Hope anyone finds this interesting!