IWTYAL 090: Should I add audio to my flashcards?

Sergio asks: “Is it a good idea to add audio to my flashcards?”

In this episode:

  • Why audio and images are helpful to remember vocabulary
  • The benefits of adding audio to your flashcards
  • Memrise.com
  • The tradeoff in terms of time
  • Why I don’t do it personally

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  • Victoria Minnear

    Hi Olly, I use Quizlet for my flashcards. This app can automatically provide audio for my cards (a computer-generated voice) . It has proven to be rather accurate, apart from the odd issue with stress in some words. This helps me practice listening, without having to spend the time sourcing and applying the audio for each flashcard myself. It’s not a real native speaker, but it does help me to learn to recognize words when I hear them.

    Have you had any experience with computer-generated voices and what do you think of them?

    • I use them for Japanese sometimes, as they are quite accurate, as you say. However, because I like to keep my flashcards in complete sentences, the intonation would never be accurate with auto voice.