I’m so happy that I finished making flashcards for the top 1000 words in the frequency list for learning the Spanish language. It was my goal over the past few months, and I just finished it.
It took me some time, and I know some language learners in the community, complain that it can take some time.
Here are 3 tips to help you create flashcards for the top 1000 words in a frequency list of any language you are learning.
1. Stay Persistent with Adding New Flashcards
I made goals for myself every 60 days to achieve a certain number of flashcards. You need to realize that learning a language is somewhat of an endurance sport, especially if your goal is to be fluent.
Stay persistent and keep reminding yourself of your goals. When you miss days, because you were busy or tired, just pick up where you left off the next day.
2. Even small progress with your Frequency List is OK
You will have days where you are tired, bored or busy. On those days, even if you add 3 to 5 or 10 new cards, it can make a difference.
It will also make a difference when you add cards if your Anki deck auto-creates 2 cards (a front-back card and a reverse back-front card). On these days, when you just add a few, it still builds on your habit and your momentum.
3. Use weekends or large spare time blocks to catch up language learning
I would have weekends where I would have large blocks of spare time where I would add a lot of flashcards. There were some days where I added 50 or 80 or even 100 I think, in one go!
Once you get in the zone and momentum, it just gets you in the rhythm. I found that listening to music in my target language (Spanish), also helped me because it made it more fun.
What to do after learning the first 1000 word in a frequency list
I’m now looking forward to moving on with my Spanish learning. My next step will be to finish off the grammar book and create flashcards for that, especially with more advanced grammar. Then soon, I’ll read my first book in Spanish (only in Spanish!).