Greetings and Useful Phrases in French

I am still waiting for the Swahili files to be completed, but in the meantime, Valerie Kemp has translated the Greetings and Useful Phrases portion of the Chapter Three files into French. More info on the French page.

Online flashcards

I still haven’t found an online flashcard program that makes it easy to create picture flashcards. I have spent a lot of time the last few months investigating different ways to create such a web application. Right now I am seriously considering a system by Tersus. If anyone has experience with this, or has another suggestion, please let me know.

Also, I hope to have a Swahili translation soon!

Anki Premade Decks

Earlier today I noticed that the Anki website has an area for “PreMadeDecks“. I combined the two Travel List files and uploaded them there. Hopefully they will be useful and more people will find them there.

2nd Anki file

I just finished making another Anki file. This time it is for English/Spanish Travel List 2. It has about 100 more words and images.

You can download the file from the Anki page.

New Anki File

In my quest to create easier to use image/picture flashcards I have investigated dozens of flashcard programs, flashcard websites, programming languages and resources like Ruby/Rails, Wavemaker, Zk studio, Grails, Visual Studio, etc. Although my preference is to create something similar to Anki and specialize in having a database of images for the visual learner, I have decided I do not have the programming skills required, or the time available to attempt such a project. So, I am beginning the next best thing – creating free Anki image files that you can download and use, saving yourself hours of searching the internet for the right images.

I chose Anki for several reasons: free, use it online, from computer, mobile devices, and all the devices can sync, making it extremely flexible. It allows use of images, and it is easy for me to create the files and easy for you to open the file, or import it into your own Anki library.

The first file is for about 100 commonly used words for travelers and language beginners. It is set up for English speakers learning Spanish, but with Anki it is very easy for you to change the words if you want to change it to another language.

You can download the file from the Anki page.

Sample Anki card file

I have spent the last few months considering how to make the images on this site more available to language learners. While this research is not complete, here is a sample of one of the possibilities – an image file for the Anki program. You can download the compressed anki file with the associated image file, unzip it into the default folder where your other Anki card files are, and open it in Anki.

If you try this out, or if you have downloaded any of the other flashcard files, please take a moment and let me know if it has been helpful, any suggestions to make it easier, or any other comments. You can comment online, or email to

One more online flashcard – FlashcardDB

After posting the last blog, I received an email from Jeff with I had seen this one, but failed to remember it when writing the previous post. It has a nice layout, easy to use, fast response, and is free. Jeff wrote:

FlashcardDB at is an online SRS that allows for embedded images and it offers a choice between the Leitner System and the Anki/Mnemosyne SM-2 algorithm. In fact you can switch back and forth whenever you like.

I did see how to switch between the two learning styles, but was unable to figure out how to add images at first. Then Jeff told me you have to use the html image tag. For example, i added a picture of the sun by entering

<img src=”” style=”width:180px;” />

White this is a bit tedious, it does enable him to provide picture flashcards, without having to build a library of images. It is worth a look!

Anki, Jmemorize, Mnemosyne, Pauker…

I have been trying to find a way to combine the files and pictures I have with a “learning system”, like the Leitner system, or another SRS (spaced repitition system), AND have it available online (like Anki or Quizlet). I am a novice programmer, and have been looking at the above open source programs to see if there is a way to port one of them to allow you to create your own cards easier and have a learning system to speed up the memorization process.

Anki is the closest program I have found, but it will not allow images on the online/web version. I have created a sample anki file with a few cards in it. You will need to install Anki if you don’t have it (download here), then download this file , unzip it to the .anki folder in your My Documents folder (if you are using Windows). Then open the the file in Anki. Let me know if something like this would be useful to you.

If you are looking for a memory learning program, here are the links to the free ones I have found to be the best and easiest to use: Anki, Jmemorize, Mnemosyne, Pauker, Quizlet. Anki has the most options and the developer is very active adding features. Jmemorize is a great standalone program with images. Mnemosyne is very good and also includes images. Pauker doesn’t include images, but it does have a version for mobile devices. Quizlet is an online program without images, but very popular.

There is a commercial software at that has most of the features I would like, but they don’t seem to have a database of images/sounds that you can select either – but I haven’t signed up for the service to know for sure…

Volunteers needed:

I just received an email stating that there are several incorrect entries in the German flashcards. The person who supplied those was a student, not a native speaker, so if someone would be willing to help with that please email me at and we can get those files proofed and updated.

I am hoping to have another language posted soon, and am still looking to add more languages, so if you or someone you know would like to provide the translation or proof another language please contact me.
Thanks so much.

First Italian Flashcards

Check out the first Italian Pictures Flashcards on the Italian page. It needs proofing, so if you see any mistakes, please let me know. This is a great file for learning some basic words for traveling.

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