IWTYAL 69: Are some language pairings easier than others?

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Lindsay Does Languages says:
18 Jun 2014 21:27

Thanks again for posting another update, Olly! All sounds so interesting 🙂

Kerstin says:
19 Jun 2014 14:58

Woo hoo, I love Judith’s observation. For many learners, developing their own method means eventually becoming quite independent from the restrictions of a computer system like Anki. I’ve recently noticed some good results using Memrise, but that’s only for new vocabulary that I’d encountered and handwritten down in class.

Olly Richards says:
20 Jun 2014 00:17

I’m fairly low-tech myself compared to a lot of people, although there are a few resources I couldn’t live without (SRS being one of them!)

Olly Richards says:
20 Jun 2014 00:17

Thanks Lindsay!

André Müller says:
22 Jun 2014 10:49

Nice report, well written. 🙂
Only one thing: Actually that was André Liss on the panel.

André Müller (me) is the one with the lecture on Klingon, the one who knows all the writing systems, gave a talk on tonal languages and later explained ergativity in 5 minutes in Esperanto. 🙂

Olly Richards says:
22 Jun 2014 23:16

André – I’m so sorry! Actually I was having trouble finding out his surname and someone told me your name by mistake! I’ve edited it out! Thanks for letting me know!

Kerstin says:
26 Jun 2014 10:12

I always wonder…SRS isn’t really something introduced by computers and technology. How many people are aware that spaced repetition totally works when you work with paper?

Olly Richards says:
26 Jun 2014 10:28

What I like about it is the ability to just pull a deck out of my pocket while I’m waiting for the bus… and all my decks are in one place. Plus when I’ve used paper SRS before it’s ended up being really messy, as I tend to erase, correct, exclude and add things quite a lot.

Can you point to a good resource about SRS on paper?

Kerstin says:
27 Jun 2014 17:24

Hmm, I do have quite a bit of ideas that I wrote down in the vocabulary guide that is coming out soon (sorry to plug it, but hey it’s going to be great, http://www.fluentlanguage.co.uk/book).

For example, working with paper flashcards could be awesome for this: Determine a set of the week, pin it up on a board at home. Or carry just a small set with you and swap a card every time you are done with it, put it at the back of the pile, so of course it will come back once you’re through with a set. I like how paper = tactile and not dependent on a screen.

Spaced repetition is also the basis of many audio courses such as Pimsleur.

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