Ok, a month has passed after I give it a try to Voracious.
Initially very timidly, but these last week I’ve made it into a routine, and I must say it’s hands down the best tool for me right now .
I was looking for something to make the whole immersion and reviewing process more closely related (so my issue was: I watch something --> promply reviewing new vocab). Hopefully with not much time spended creating cards.
Then I’ve been working on my listening for the last months, mainly through watching raw media. This has been great, BUT, the content has to be very well selected in order for this to work. Vocab cannot be too complicated and most important there has to be visual aids in the show. So that has left me mainly with action anime and some drama that has a “rather simple” plot (in my case japanese gourmet “eating” series ) . For anime if there’s enough context the plot is well taken care of most of the time and then the dialogues have been fairly ok in the understanding department…
but the way to get new vocab it wasn’t very effective. Basically I’ll listen a word several times, so I would guess it’s something important, will try to write it be ear or otherwise will turn on the japanese subs. Not a whole lot of vocab was comming this way … cause well, it’s easier to just watch the show …
These last 2 weeks I’ve started watching a couple of dramas: マザー and 女囚セブン. Thing was the the pace was no action anime like… and the visual clues were there, but nothing like anime is… so unlike anime, dramas didn’t seem to fit the bill the way I was doing things. And truth be told I’m realizing I’m not that much into anime … … so I wanted to do something to actually watch something else, and not have to wait too much…
So I threw those dramas into Voracious, and went over the first chapters of both series, taking me something like double the amount of what the episode lasted (about 2 hours for a 50 min episode). But wow!! What a pleasure!! Listening line by-line, tapping down will unblur the japanese subs, tapping up will repeat the line. I can hover over the subs and I’ll have the english AND the japanese definition (I added a japanese dictionary). Then simply pressing the “E” key will create an Anki card with the audio line, the image and the definition that I add, which for me it’s almost all there’s in my cards… so not much I have to do to add them to my vocab review routine.
A single 50min episode usualy brought about 40-70 new vocab cards. So now I was having porbably too much vocab cards, so I had to choose the important ones…
The setup I came up for this was actually quite similar to what guys here using floflo are doing.
I exported those new cards from anki to a CVS file, copy/pasted the column with the words to an Evernote note. And using Evernote onlline I can use Yomichan on those words. Having the frecuency list (from the Innocent Corpus) with Yomichan I can see clearly the common words. AND in any case I can also search in Anki (where I keep a collection of sentences from the same shows I’ve watched, bia the Subs2SRS magic) so I can see If it’s actually used in my shows.
Yeah that was a long post, but since it’s a fairlly new tool, and probably not many people are aware of it I felt I shoud do this shout out
Some images of the workflow I’ve mention:
The creating a card with Voracious while watching the show:
Looking frecuency in word list with Yomichan in the list of words (the Innocent Corpus line)
Re-checking for frecuency among my shows in Anki.
The final card when reviewing (highlighting the word in the sentence and sample audio for word alone added in Anki, both taking about 10 secs per card )
Somewhat of a tutorial “ish” post. Probably I’ll be rewriting a proper post with more details at some point. For now I just wanted to share my amusement
@irrelephant , how are you doing it? I know you were equally fascinated by it