How to learn Russian using flashcards?
Mysterious art of flashcarding by Tatiana Klimova
Everybody gets rid of the stress in different ways. Some people cook, others go running, and I make flashcards on my phone. Flashcards have become indispensable in my process of learning Japanese. In the beginning, memorizing Russian words will be difficult. For example, you want to learn how to say “flower” in Russian. It’s “flower” in English, “fleur” in French and “tsvetok” in Russian. You truly need a glass of vodka to memorize it.
That’s why I use a flashcard app called Cram. There are other flashcard apps like Quizlet (big set of flashcards for my Russian Podcasts) or Anki. The app trains you to remember foreign vocabulary. You have to make your flashcards first, then you do spaced repetition. After using flashcards for a year, I’ve come up with several rules.
- It’s better to create flashcards in the studied language ONLY. You have to start thinking in this language without translating from your mother tongue. You can use a sentence with a word missing on the front side, and the same sentence with the studied word on the back side.
- Using pictures helps a lot. In addition to that, it’s much better to look for a picture in the language you study. For example, you try to remember the Russian “dom” (house). If you google “дом” in Russian, the results will be completely different from research in English or French.
- Creating a personal link is compulsory. In Japanese, “an actor” is said “haiyu”. To remember this word, I’ll find a picture of my favorite Japanese actor and I’ll attach it to the sentence. Works perfectly!
Flashcards will save the world! If you haven’t watched my video about the flashcard app I use, do it here.