Move Over, Banksy!
Hello again, lovely language learners!
Do you want to know why the Fluent Forever method is so compelling? Of course you do!
Well, it’s because of the emphasis on personal connections. As Gabe points out in his book, “You will remember a concept with a personal connection 50 percent more easily than a concept without one.”
So we are always thinking of ways to allow YOU to make your flashcards more reflective of your awesomeness! That is why we’ve designed a new feature to help you do precisely that.
Can we get a drumroll, please?
This new feature is...
🎉Draw a picture!🎉
When creating a new flashcard, click on the plus (+) icon on the image selection screen, choose the “Draw a picture” option, and unleash your inner Banksy!
When comparing computer-based Spaced Repetition Systems to physical versions in his book, Gabe points out:
Even if you use physical flashcards, and even if you’re a terrible artist, you should be drawing pictures for every word you encounter. Your visual memory is too helpful to ignore, and as long as you can tell your act stick figure from your dog stick figure, you’ll still reap the benefits.
When you use physical flashcards, you benefit from an involved, hands-on arts and crafts experience with each of your cards. This is a wonderful learning experience that will make your cards much easier to remember, and you lose this experience when you move to a computer.
Also from Gabe:
...but not anymore, now you can have the best of both worlds – the ease of the Fluent Forever app coupled with the ease of drawing something that is 100% personalized since you created it! If you are a terrible artist, we’d recommend trying out a combo approach for any words that you really want to ingrain in your head: select an image as you usually would, and then, in addition, draw your own interpretation. While you’re doing that, keep the target word (not the translation) in mind or say it out loud as long as you’re drawing. That should help the words stick even better.
Do you have to do it every single time? Nope – just try it out and see how well it works for you. Some folks may find that drawing slows them down more than it helps. But...for the majority of people, this should be a truly helpful tool. Enjoy it!
Yup, that was three Gabe quotes just for y’all!
A few updates ago (on June 18, 2021), we shared the new feature that allows you to add more words from a flashcard during your review session.
Well, if you engage in this and happen to create enough flashcards that you meet another one of your tasks for the day, firstly, you’re fantastic. Secondly, we’ve made it even easier for you to pick up where you left off with just one tap.
So, during a review session, if you see more exciting words in a sentence, don’t hesitate to hit the overflow menu (...) and select “Add more from this sentence.”
That’s it for now, but we will be back soon. In the meantime, make sure to drink some water and take care of yourselves.