188: What are the benefits of monolingual flashcards?

<p>Charlotte asks: "What's your opinion on removing English from flashcards altogether?</p> <h2>Episode Summary:</h2> <ul> <li>Arguments for having flashcards entirely in the target language: <ul> <li>Avoid translation</li> <li>Learn to think in the target language</li> <li>Increased exposure to target language</li> <li>"Learn like a child"</li> </ul> </li> <li>Arguments for having pictures on your flashcards: <ul> <li>Visual memory is stronger than auditory memory</li> <li>Wyner: "It’s much easier to learn a word off of a picture card you’ve made yourself than off of a translation card you downloaded in someone else’s deck." = false equivalence</li> </ul> </li> </ul> <p>My response to this:</p> <ul> <li>Translation is inevitable, and also very useful! (The more languages I acquire, the more I use contrastive analysis to learn faster.)</li> <li>Parallels with learning like children are misguided - we're not children, we have study skills</li> <li>Flashcards entirely in the target language are soon "learnt", thereby negating the benefit of any increased exposure.</li> <li>Visuals are helpful, but are so time consuming as to make the creation of flashcards a burden.</li> <li>Elaborate systems for flashcards misunderstand the purpose of SRS as a learning tool. Setting up flashcards with pictures and peripheral info in the target language, in an attempt to make them a kind of learning tool is not only highly inefficient, but also deprives you of time spent with the whole language</li> </ul> <p>My thoughts on a smart approach to using flashcards:</p> <ul> <li>Flashcards are for practising output, not input</li> <li>In other words, flashcards are for practising the recall of stuff you've already learnt</li> <li>The role of English in the flashcards is as a prompt - your task is then to recall the word or phrase in the target language.</li> <li>Images are indeed powerful, but are best created in your mind (i.e. mnemonics)</li> <li>It's vital for flashcards not to become burdensome - Keep it simple!</li> <li>The potential for memory exists firmly within your mind - the extent to which you employ your brainpower and imagination when you attempt to learn new vocabulary determines how well you remember it.</li> <li>To that extent - the spaced repetition build into flashcards offers you an opportunity to reinforce the associations you have already made, rather than the source of learning itself.</li> </ul> <h2>Resources Mentioned In Today's Episode:</h2> <ul> <li><a href= "http://iwillteachyoualanguage.com/freememorycourse">Your FREE Bulletproof Memory email course</a></li> </ul> <p>Related episodes</p> <ul> <li><a href= "http://www.iwillteachyoualanguage.com/flashcards-for-language-learning/"> IWTYAL 082: The truth about flashcards</a></li> <li><a href= "http://www.iwillteachyoualanguage.com/audio-with-flashcards/">IWTYAL 090: Audio with flashcards</a></li> </ul> <h2>Start Speaking Today:</h2> <p>I’d like to thank <a href= "http://iwillteachyoualanguage.com/italkishownotes" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">iTalki</a> for supporting the show. To claim your free lesson and start speaking today, visit: <a href= "http://iwillteachyoualanguage.com/italkishownotes" target="_blank" rel= "noopener noreferrer">http://iwillteachyoualanguage.com/italkishownotes</a></p> <h2>Do you have a question?</h2> <p>Ask me your language learning questions by <a href= "http://iwillteachyoualanguage.com/ask" target="_blank" rel= "noopener noreferrer">clicking here</a>, and I’ll do my best to feature it on the show! Also, <a href= "http://iwillteachyoualanguage.com/itunes" target="_blank" rel= "noopener noreferrer">please subscribe to the show on iTunes</a> to get automatic updates.</p> <hr /> <p>Thanks so much for listening to this episode of the podcast! If you’ve got any comments about the show then please leave them in the “comments” section below! If you’d like to help me out, then I’d love it if you could…</p> <ul> <li><strong>Share the episode</strong> using the social media buttons around you</li> <li><strong>Leave an honest review and rating of the podcast on iTunes</strong> (<a href="http://iwillteachyoualanguage.com/review" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">click here to do that</a>)</li> </ul> <p>iTunes reviews in particular really help the rankings of the podcast and help me to reach other aspiring language learners out there! See you in the next episode of the I Will Teach You A Language podcast!</p>

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