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Learning New Words With Anki: An Update

A few weeks ago, I proposed a method to increase your vocabulary by studying for only a few minutes a day. All you have to do is read regularly, make note of words you don’t know, look up the words, and then study the words/their definitions for around five minutes a day using Anki.

Today, I wanted to give a quick update on how this method has worked for me. I’ll admit, it took me a few days after I wrote the post to take the time to add all the words into Anki. Adding that initial list of words turned out to be the hardest part, however. Once I had inserted the words and their corresponding images, studying them was a breeze. I just created a new habit in HabitRPG to study the words each morning, and I was off!

Most days, studying the words takes less than five minutes, and because of the way Anki works, it’s easy to introduce new words as I encounter them while still reviewing old ones. I don’t have a huge list of words in Anki at the moment, but I have heard that even when your list grows quite large, Anki handles it just fine. Obviously, if you have 1,000 words in a deck, it’s going to take a bit more than five minutes a day to review, but the way Anki functions, you should never find yourself overwhelmed.

At least that’s the theory. I’ll let you know if that’s the case when I get to that many words.

Anki is also an excellent tool for academic studying, by the way. I’ve used it to successfully study geology and music theory, to name a couple subjects.

In sum, I’m quite excited by the success and ease of this method. You should give it a shot.

Also, if you’re interested in learning how to put these new words to use in your own writing, then sign up below to receive a free copy of my e-book Ten Steps to Excellent Writing when it launches on Monday, April 13.



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