I’ve found that working through my two Esperanto vocabulary decks in Anki has been incredibly helpful with my Esperanto. I’ve been reading Alice in Wonderland in Esperanto, and though I don’t have a dictionary and can’t understand everything, I’m at least able to understand enough to actually read it.
Since I’ve finished all of my Esperanto flash cards, and I think the next step for me is to just read an Esperanto book with a dictionary, I’m looking for a new language to memorize.
I was thinking about memorizing Spanish or Portuguese vocabulary, since I know the basic grammar in those languages, and conversational fluency isn’t so far away.
Another idea was to take a language that I don’t know at all, and memorize the 1,000 to 2,000 most common words in the language. Some possibilities are Hawaiian, spoken Japanese, or spoken Mandarin. The grammar in those languages isn’t extremely complex. If I don’t know the vocabulary in advance, then I can keep track of exactly how long it takes to memorize a certain number of words. I have opportunity to practice Japanese and Mandarin in California, so either would be put to practical use in conversation.
While looking through the available shared decks on Anki, I couldn’t find the perfect deck in any language. I thought that maybe we could put together some decks for various languages based on word frequency.
- the most common 1000-2000 words in Spanish (not conjugated)
- the most common 1000-2000 words in Portuguese (not conjugated)
- the most common 1000-2000 words in Mandarin (Pinyin or other Latin system)
- the most common 1000-2000 words in Japanese (Romaji)
Does anyone have decks like this or know an easy way to make them? My thought is that we could collaboratively create these resources in spreadsheet or CSV format and them make them available via public domain in the Mnemotechnics.org wiki.
If anyone is interested in this project, leave a comment below!