The Introvert Fantasy about Language Learning That’s True

Introverts believe learning a foreign language will give them access to friends and social interactions that aren’t possible in their home culture. That’s actually true, in my experience. Without getting into tedious definitions and evaluations of what Introversion is, I’m just going to stipulate that, while I’m not shy (shyness isn’t equal to introversion), I […]

Japanese Vocabulary Challenge Day 59

How fast can you learn Japanese vocabulary? I’m averaging exactly 1% per day of the spaced repetition vocabulary cards. I couldn’t be happier with that. (It’s around 20 items a day of this 2,000-item vocabulary flash card pack.) Retention is high, remediated, and finally ensured by the spaced repetition algorithm. It’s an amazing turn-key […]

Keyboard shortcuts for flashcards at,, and all the rest of the websites

        The spaced interval flash cards at,, and all the rest of the sites, are incredibly valuable and efficient for learning the first 2,000 words of a new language rapidly, efficiently, and permanently. They’re even easier to use if you know keyboard shortcuts. The keyboard shortcuts aren’t easy to […]