Creating your own vocabulary flashcards is a great way to learn the language. Flashcards enable you to track and record your learning progress. Flashcards are an effective way to learn a new language because they allow you to be creative by creating personal associations and to turn learning into a game. By regularly testing yourself and repeatedly reviewing the vocabulary that you have learned (typically at least 6 times consecutively over a longer period of time), the vocabulary transitions from your short-term to your long-term memory. You can create your own paper-based flashcards or use one of the following tools or apps:
• Anki (https://apps.ankiweb.net/) is great because it is completely free and supports images, audio and videos
• Cram (https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.studymode.cram&hl=en) is a graphically appealing app that allows you to search their free library.
• Study Blue (https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.studyblue&hl=en) is another popular app that allows you to add photographs, images or audio with a free version that requires an internet connection.
• Quizlet (https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.quizlet.quizletandroid&hl=en) is another great app that allows you to create, learn and match flashcard. The disadvantage is the inability to add photographs or images in the free version.
Compare the different tools including paper-based vocabulary cards and apps and decide which one works best for you.