- To set up Anki for Japanese study, see Anki tools for Japanese study.
Anki is an electronic flashcard program. The program is highly configurable. Many different styles of decks and review cards are possible, including cards that include pictures and audio. The program has several useful features:
- It is freeware (as in beer) and open source.
- It can run on Windows, Macintosh, or Linux. There are also version for
- Your web browser (Anki Online),
- iOS (iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad), and
- It uses an SRS algorithm to space repetitions.
- There is a free online syncing service to keep your study in multiple places.
- There is a large library of free study resources
Anki also has a web interface, so you can review your cards wherever you go.
You can also use media with the web interface:
Step 1. Download and install DropBox.
Step 2. Put your anki deck and media into the "Public" folder in your dropbox.
Step 3. Right click on *file* in your public folder, and click Dropbox->Copy Public Link
Step 4. Now open up anki, go to Tools->Deck Properties, select a model and press edit.
Step 5. Now in the text box that says Media URL, paste the url you copied. Mine was: http://dl.getdropbox.com/u/664062/AnkiDeck/JapaneseAnki.anki
You'll need to change this a bit to make it work. Change your URL so that it points to your .media folder instead, like so: http://dl.getdropbox.com/u/664062/AnkiDeck/JapaneseAnki.media
You'll need to repeat this step for all your models.
Step 6. Sync your deck and log into anki online. You should be able to see your media while reviewing online.
*Note* If you have just installed dropbox you may have to wait a little while, while dropbox uploads your media. Video media doesn't work at the moment.