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If you do isolated vocabulary study, like wordlists or SRS's, do you have a plan to wean yourself off it? I was surprised a few years back when I posted this in the now defunct anki forum that many people plan to continue this type of study for the rest or their lives. Please tell us what you plan to do about this here.
The Anki vs Goldlists vs Iversen stylewordlists has gotten me thinking about expanding my thoughts on Goldlist.
Goldlist is an SRS with no upper limit on how long you should wait. Reviews don't make a huge bubble in the middle of the process, instead dropping off quite quickly.
I haven't really talked about it much here, but I have a log on HTLAL Adventures in Cebuano where I tried this out for myself, starting around page 3.
The original idea by David J. James is here with special attention given to Japanese .
In short, this is the only vocabulary aid that I use for foreign languages, and I feel I can chalk up my high level of Cebuano reading to this. I...
Bob asked me in a another thread on Anki, my opinion of Gold Lists. I have never used either the Gold List or the Iversen Wordlist methods, but have read many posts here and on HTLAL about them with interest. I thought it might be useful to compare and contrast the methods. But first I would like to throw out for discussion some metrics, both objective and subjective, to compare and contrast them.
In no particular order I would propose the following metrics, and hopefully others will chime in, after which perhaps we can then in fact compare/contrast the methods:
-initial learning of words and time spent on same
-how time is spent long term (i.e. time per word mostly spent up front vs. longer-term in smaller intervals)
-practical if not theoretical limits to how many words can be studied per day
-format: physical analog vs. digital
-long term rates of sticking to methods by users of same (if known or can be estimated)
-flexibility: i.e. can method be used by different learners in...
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