Audio flashcards are an incredible resource for learning languages. They turn listening and reading activities (which are passive) into active ones. Unsurprisingly, you need passive activities to improve your passive language ability (for example, your listening comprehension), and your need active ones to improve your active language ability (producing the language). The size of your your passive vocabulary can be very different from the size of your active vocabulary.
I’m planning on doing a couple of posts in the next few weeks about how I use flashcards, and why.
The first premise of my flashcard theory is that audio flashcards are the go. I’ll explain later. Don’t question it, just do.
Here’s how to get them using ChinesePod (on Google Chrome) .
Even if you don’t listen to many of their podcasts (which I don’t recommend – if you have a subscription, their podcasts and the ability to listen to dialogue only versions are extremely good) it may be worth paying for a subscription to have access to their glossary.