I mentioned a little while ago that my listening was considerably worse than my reading. Whereas I was SRSing sentences for reading and writing, I wasn’t doing anything of the sort specifically for listening. Watching TV was easy… as long as I looked at the subs – I’m pretty sure the focus on reading in my Anki deck was the cause of this.
To get around this, since some of my sentences had audio, I made another new model – this time with only an audio clip for the question (accompanied by “Listen!”), with the answer as the transcription. The goal? To understand and say the sentence back as well as possible.
As with music, you can use Audacity to splice mp3s for Anki use – as well as the CantoDict audio, I’ve been ripping the audio from Cantonese shows and cutting them up into bitesize chunks for this kind of card. These don’t have transcriptions (the subs aren’t representative of what’s said in Cantonese), so I’ve been asking my Hong Kong friends nicely to explain words and phrases I can’t figure out myself. Note that here I’ve dropped the Jyutping altogether – it’s not really needed given the audio (and also since I can produce most sounds in Cantonese accurately now anyway).
I have more of these cards than writing cards, but fewer than reading – I’ve already used most of the qualifying CantoDict sentences, but using Audacity takes a little longer than copying-and-pasting sentences. When I first started using this card type, perhaps unsurprisingly, it was really hard to understand what was being said. After a few goes though, it got easier, and I think it’s improved my general listening ability a lot. Perhaps most importantly though, along with the reading, writing, singing and speaking cards, it makes reviewing cards a lot more unpredictable and fun – variety is the spice of life, as they say 😉