Anybody that has been following my site for some time, knows that my main goal is to bring you all the good resources available online for learning languages. And I’m glad to tell you once again, that many of them are completely free! And this is the case for Tinycards by Duolingo.
You have probably used flashcards before to memorize things. And have discovered it’s a very useful technique. Now here we’ll talk about some cool flashcards for learning languages. Specifically, for learning the basic vocabulary.
Our site is focused on learning Italian, but with Tinycards, you can not only learn Italian. There is quite a lengthy list you can choose from. In fact, it’s not limited to learning languages. You can use Tinycards to learn practically anything.
What is Tinycards about?
Tinycards is an app (IOS and Android), and it also has a website version, where you can learn virtually anything you want with flashcards. To go over to their site and take a look, click here.
Tinycards is completely free. There are no premium accounts nor up sales. All features are unlocked for any user. It’s even add-free. Duolingo won’t make a dime from you for using it.
How does Tinycards work?
To help you learn vocabulary, Tinycards shows you a bunch of flashcards first. Like introducing them to you. On one side of the card there is the word you’ll learn with a cool picture. And on the other side is its translation.
There is also audio. You’ll have the word you’re learning pronounced by native Italians.
After viewing a few cards, it asks you to recall the information. It does it employing different approaches. It can give you multiple choices and test you to see if you click the right one. Or it can also tell you to type in the word and in other cases its translation in English.
Concerning languages, you can use flashcards created by Duolingo. And regarding other topics (and even more languages) you can use flashcards created by other users, or by yourself.
For those of you that already have an account in Duolingo you can automatically login to Tinycards. If you haven’t opened an account with Duolingo, we highly recommend you do. Duolingo is also free! To learn more about Duolingo, click here.
Duolingo combined with Tinycards
For those of you that are learning Italian, you should use this combination. In my humble opinion, Duolingo is a good free Italian course and Tinycards is a proper complement. Duolingo will help you with the basics and Tinycards will help you with memorizing vocabulary.
Duolingo has a point system and it’s linked to Tinycards. In other words, the points you earn while learning vocabulary with Tinycards will immediately show on Duolingo.
Duolingo Italian Tinycards
I highly recommend you to use only the flashcards created by Duolingo. There are decks of cards created by other users but there is no guarantee that these are accurate. So, to play it safe look for the little green owl icon as shown in the picture below.
Here is a sneak peek into the content Duolingo has uploaded to Tinycards to help you with your Italian vocabulary. You’ll spend quite a while to absorb all this vocabulary. You’ll also spend quite a while scrolling down to go through all these decks Duolingo has uploaded to Tinycards.
There is a brief description of the cards contained in each deck. Take a look below.
It’s impossible for you to learn a language only using Tinycards. But it’s a great aid for learning vocabulary. It’s designed to work intelligently, making sure you get to repeat the words you failed to remember. And making you recall words after some time. If there is a particular word that’s difficult for you to remember, the program will give you hints.
The trick is to make your brain remember words when you’re just about to forget them. And by continually doing this, you get them solidified in your head.
Tinycards – Pros
- It’s completely free. No premium memberships, no up-sales, no ads.
- It’s a good supplement while you’re learning Italian (or any other language) with Duolingo (or any other course you’re using at the moment). It will help you greatly with your vocabulary.
- It’s linked to Duolingo in relation to points. The points you earn with Tinycards will immediately appear on your Duolingo profile.
- You can create your own flashcards.
- Beyond using Tinycards as a support for learning languages, you can also use it to memorize virtually anything.
Tinycards – Cons
- There are many language flashcards that weren’t created by Duolingo. There is no guarantee they are accurate. You can solve this by only using decks of cards created by Duolingo. Avoiding decks created by other members is very easy. Only use decks identified with our friend Duo (the little green owl).
I encourage you to give Tinycards by Duolingo a try! You’ll like these flashcards. Click here to go over to their site!
Chances are that you have already used these flashcards and have an opinion about them, so feel free to leave a comment below.
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