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When to add new flashcards?

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16 December 2015 at 9:58pm | IP Logged 
I've started using flashcards to supplement my other learning means, reading watching etc. When do I add new words? I'm obsessive about learning new words, I think it's part of what makes me good at learning language, so what's your advice?
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17 December 2015 at 7:28am | IP Logged 
For me, it depends on my level. I don't usually bother with much active vocabulary work in the beginning
because I get enough from my textbooks and I'm not concerned with talking from day one.

At slightly more advanced stages, I add words that I needed and didn't know in a conversation (real or
imaginary), words from things I'm reading, etc.

How many you should add per day depends on how efficiently you memorize them. If you are good at using
mnemonics or etymology to help you, you might find you can learn a lot of words quickly. I would suggest
starting gradually though to avoid getting overwhelmed.
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17 December 2015 at 9:39am | IP Logged 
It depends on how many cards you add at a time, your familiarity with those words beforehand, your ability to retain them, and possibly how often you review them. If you're using an SRS like Anki, Supermemo etc. the software has an interval which dictates how often the new words will show up again (depending on how well you "knew" them during last review).

In short - if you only add words from texts you're already somewhat familiar with (e.g. from the lessons you've just studied), add as many as you want. They'll soon magically disappear. (The other week, I reviewed a word which will show up in another, what was it, 38 years...)

If you (also) add words you don't know, don't add more than you can handle. Anki etc. typically presents a default number of new cards per day (20 in Anki), so if you've added 100 new cards you've never seen before, pack for a vacation in hell. There are words I've reviewed over 800 times and still don't know. Why? They weren't "comprehensible input" in the first place, and it hasn't really got any easier...

Edited by jeff_lindqvist on 17 December 2015 at 11:50pm

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17 December 2015 at 11:18am | IP Logged 
Tyrion101 wrote:
I'm obsessive about learning new words, I think it's part of what makes me good at learning language
TBH that's a common trap.

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