Anki is a program that takes a massive amount of info, breaks it down, and spreads out over time so you’ll never forget. Studying with it is fine for most people. You accept the daily reviews it spits out for you every day. But as with any study tool, you want to know when the need for it will end. Many people are worried that they will have to do it forever. They will be slave to Anki. And what would be the point of that?
20-30 cards a day. That’s it.
And still going down. Doing it is the time it takes to brush your teeth. And that’s what I do. I do Anki while brushing my teeth (seriously).
Why not just stop completely?
Because I have nothing else to do while brushing my teeth? Maybe. But for the ultra minor effort required, I am able to upkeep something powerful. Sure, if I dropped Anki completely, things wouldn’t change that much.
But many cards are in the intervals of 12-15+ years. Which means they are essentially gone. And in a few more years, my reviews will drop towards near 0. So why not? Anki has been there for me. The least I can give it is a few seconds a day?
What about new or unknown words I come across?
I look them up online, sometimes, just like I would in my own language. I find the urge to look up a word I don’t know while doing something comes only in one of two scenarios:
1. The word is vital to understanding whatever I’m reading
2. I’ve seen the word multiple times and it’s causing me to wonder what it means.
I don’t put it into Anki because if it falls in these scenarios I am very likely to remember it without even bothering with Anki.
And other unknown words? You can’t know everything. And that’s fine. In your own language, you often skip words you don’t know unless they fall into the above. And that’s fine for Japanese too.
So Anki winds down. Anki ends. Your way to approach new knowledge changes. Life moves on. And things are good.
Founder of Jalup. iOS Software Engineer. Former attorney, translator, and interpreter. Still watching 月曜から夜ふかし weekly since 2013.