“Helper” Cards

If you need more help to understand a new word, there are helper cards.

Pronunciation Card

Use this card if you have trouble pronouncing a new word.

FRONT:

  1. Word

BACK:

  1. IPA pronunciation guide
  2. Audio recording of the word

How to study this card

Look at the front of the card

Try to pronounce the word. Don’t worry about the meaning.

Look at the back of the card

Listen to the audio. If your pronunciation was close to the audio, you pass. If you it was not, you failed and you should practice pronouncing the word. Say the word aloud and copy the pronunciation. Replay the audio as many times as you need.

Spelling Card

Use this card if you have trouble spelling a new word.

FRONT:

  1. Audio recording of a word

BACK:

  1. The word
  2. IPA pronunciation guide

How to study this card

Look at the front of the card

Try to spell the word.

Look at the back of the card

If your spelling was correct, you pass. If your spelling was not correct, you fail (try again).

Inflected Form Card

Use this card to memorize new word forms.

This card is useful for irregular verbs and other unusual word-forms. In this example, I am trying to remember the irregular past-tense of the verb to feel like. It is irregular: felt.

FRONT:

  1. A Sentence with a blank
  2. Dictionary form of a word (hidden)
  3. Pictures related to the target word
  4. Definition of the target word

BACK:

  1. Inflected form of the word
  2. Dictionary form of the word
  3. IPA pronunciation guide
  4. The complete sentence
  5. The definition of the word

How to study this card

Look at the front of the card

Try to guess the right inflected form of the word. You can click “Show Word (Dictionary Form)” if you need help.

Look at the back of the card

If you guessed the correct inflected form of the word, you pass. If you couldn’t guess the correct inflected form of the card, you fail (try again).

Word-Definition Card

Use this card to practice using a new word.

FRONT:

  1. The word

BACK:

  1. Pictures related to the target word
  2. Definition of the target word
  3. IPA pronunciation guide
  4. A sentence with the word

How to study this card

Look at the front of the card

Think of ANY example of the word. (e.g. “My spouse is 35 years old”)

Look at the back of the card

If you successfully thought of an example of the word, you pass (even if it is different than the example on the back of the card). If you couldn’t think of an example, you fail (try again).

Translation Word Card

If you are a beginner, use this card for complex words that are hard to visualize or understand from reading a definition.

FRONT:

  1. A translation of an English word

BACK:

  1. The word
  2. IPA pronunciation guide
  3. A sentence with the word
  4. Definition of the target word

How to study this card

Look at the front of the card

Think of the English word that matches the translation.

Look at the back of the card

If you thought of the correct English word, you pass. If you did not think of the correct English word, you fail (try again).

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