600 Picture-Word Cards

Required Reading

Installing Anki Add-ons

Install the ImageResizer Add-on

Intro

These cards give you the 600 most useful words in English. These cards do not have pictures because you must add a picture that helps YOU remember.

Download these cards at the Anki Deck Library.

Tutorial

Before you Start

Configure the ImageResizer Add-on. Click on Tools–>Image Resizer.

Set the image height to 150.

If you need larger pictures, you can set it to 200

Search for a picture

Go to the Google image search. Search for your target word.

Find a picture that you like AND HELPS YOU REMEMBER THE MEANING OF THE WORD. Copy it.

Highlight the “-” in the Image field.

Press Ctrl+V to paste the picture.

Finished! You can UNSUSPEND the card and study it now.

Extra Notes

Find a MEANINGFUL picture

You want a MEANINGFUL picture. Something that gets your attention. It could be something funny, or it could be something related to a memory in your past. Whatever helps you remember better, take it.

Add the picture’s caption to your card

If the caption of the image from Google helps you remember you can add it to your card too. Add it to the Notes field.

Add a personal note to the card

You can add a personal note to the card. The note can be something related to your own memory of the word. For this word, I can remember my friend had a dog that died because it ate too much chocolate. His name was Barney.

(RIP = Rest in Peace)

Here is some advice from Gabriel Wyner (a polyglot). This quote has been edited to make more sense to someone who is learning English. The edited parts are in bold.

Ask yourself about your new word rather than your native language translation of the word. Instead of asking about the last time you saw your madre, 母親, etc., ask about the last time you saw your mother. Even when the words sound almost the same (timid/timide), you’ll create more useful connections when you mentally hear those words in the accent of English:

Concrete Nouns: When’s the last time I saw my mother?

Concrete Nouns: When’s the first time I encountered a motorcycle?

Abstract Nouns: How has the economy affected me?

Adjectives: Am I timid? If not, do I know someone who is?

Adjectives: What do I own that’s rouge (red)?

Verbs: Do I like to run? Do I know someone else who does?

Answer one of these questions and write down a little reminder for yourself on the back of your flash cards.

Wyner, Gabriel. Fluent Forever : How to Learn Any Language Fast and Never Forget It (9780385348102) (Kindle Locations 1770-1773). Random House Digital. Kindle Edition.

A very good picture flashcard looks like this

This card includes:

  1. A funny picture to help me remember the word
  2. The word in English
  3. The IPA of the word
  4. An English sentence with the word
  5. A reminder of a personal memory to help me remember the word

All of these things together will help me remember the word VERY well.

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