2019 Ultimate Guide to Find the Best Flashcards Apps for Learning Vocabulary (for you)
…don't get fooled, there is no such thing as the best Flashcard app for all.
Scrolling through Quora and Google, you can find not only thousands of searches for “the best flashcard app to/for….” but also thousands of opinions on that matter.
…don’t let yourself be fooled! There is no such thing as the best Flashcard app for all.
But you CAN find the right Flashcard app for you. Here is a very simple Flashcard app comparison divided into sections.
*Find the complete table of comparison on the bottom of the article.
Basics you need to figure out when finding the best Flashcard app for you
Check the table below and find your match among Anki, Vocabulary Miner, Quizlet, Memrise, TinyCards, Busuu, and FluentU.
- AnkiDroid for iOS is paid.
Basic questions to ask yourself:
- What device do I use (Android, iOS…)?
- How easy and nice is the Flashcard app to use?
- Can I learn offline in the app?
- What language(s) can I learn in the app?
- Will I be bothered by pop-ups and ads in the Flashcard app?
- What do I get for free in the app? (Features that are paid are labeled PREMIUM in the table)
Deciding on the learning method
As for Flashcard apps, their superpower is mainly in the effective spaced-repetition method. Surprisingly, the very popular Quizlet has this effective algorithm only in the paid Long-Term Learning program according to this official article.
Questions to ask yourself:
1. Will I remember words in long-term? (Spaced-repetition method works well.)
2. Do I want a simple learning method or more complex games?
3. Can I listen to the vocabulary pronunciation?
4. Can I mix it up in my Flashcard learning by deciding which language do I see first — the one I know or the one I learn?
5. How easy and fun is it to track my progress in the app?
What type of vocabulary do I want to learn from?
Questions to ask yourself:
- Do I like to learn from community-made Word lists (other users created these Word lists)?
- Do I want to learn from expert-made Word lists (native-speakers or language teachers created these Word lists)?
- Do I want to learn only one language at a time or more?
- Do I want to be told what I should learn next? (Some apps have prescribed lessons you have to follow.)
What more can I get from my Flashcard app?
- Do I want to report typos or bad translations in the app and rate Word lists?
2. Is the Flashcard app open to criticism by enabling to report bugs?
3. Can you easily import and export words in and out of the app?
Choose the right app for you by comparing all the available information
This last table shows you all the previous information in one place. Scroll through it as much as you need, compare and analyze.
The apps in question:
- Anki (Anki is not the same as AnkiApp, which seems to be only a copycat. Check the juicy explanation here.)
- Vocabulary Miner
- Memrise (Community-created courses are (to some anger of its users) available on Decks)
- TinyCards by Duolingo
You can also have a look at all these Quora threads dealing with the issue for more info and opinions:
What are the best flashcards to build the English vocabulary?, What is the best flashcard app for Android and iOS?, What are the best flashcard apps for the iPhone?, What is the best Flashcard app for Android?, What is the best flashcard application for learning languages?, What is the best app or website for flashcards?…
Good luck with finding the right app for your needs.
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