Exporting Flashcards

January 07, 2010, 12:07 AM posted in General Discussion

I am struggling to find a way of using the functionality of exporting your flashcards. I am using Anki for flashcards, and as far as I can see, currently it is only possible to export all your flashcards at once, and then import this file to Anki.

Now, as I study a new lesson, I add new vocabulary to my list. In order to learn these new flashcards in Anki, I need to export my whole vocabulary list all over (assuming that I don't want to create a tag for every single lesson), thus erasing the 'progress' that had been recorded by Anki earlier on.

To avoid this, I am adding new words manually to my one large Anki Deck.

How are others handling this problem?


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June 18, 2012, 12:55 PM

I think you could export them into an excel file and then import them into some kind of ipod touch/iphone / android software might be one solution. You have to make sure that the software allows you to do it from your computer. I am hoping someone has a simpler solution

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June 18, 2012, 09:03 PM

I agree that the best way to handle this is only to export words you haven't exported before. You said you didn't want to add a tag for "every lesson," but I think you would need to use some sort of a tag system to do this. It doesn't need to be one tag per lesson, unless you want to export exactly one lesson's words at a time.

Here's how I handle it (I add tags about 6X per month, not once per lesson). Whenever I'm ready to put more words into Anki, I tag all my unmarked Cpod cards with a unique tag (I use today's date YYMMDD format); then I export just cards with that tag. As I add new words to my Cpod vocab list, they remain unmarked until I am ready to do my next export, at which point I go back to step one (tag all my unmarked cards with today's date, export). Lather, rinse, repeat.

This works well for me but I'm not dead set against tagging itself. Also, my process has new words in my Anki deck obviously lagging my lessons on CPod by about a week -- which I rather like. Flashcarding, for me, is a revision tool and re-enforcer, not a primary way to learn. Your mileage may vary.


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June 18, 2012, 11:46 PM

Agree with SF_Rachel, you must use a tagging system.  Mine is similar to Rachel's, but I use a 100-word rule, i.e. I tag every 100 words in my cpod vocab list with a different tag, unoriginally "file1", "file2", etc, etc.  I am up to about file52 now which means I have around 5200 cpod vocab words in my total library.  When it comes to exporting into Anki, you just select which tags you want to bring in on your next export.  The reason I use 100 is because Cpod has a page view option allowing 100 words per page (drop down menu at the top right) which makes it easy to "tag all" with the same tag at the same time, without manually having to tick each one separately.

Hope this helps.