Wake up between 6:30am – 8am: Immediately review Anki cards. (There was a time when I was doing them half asleep late at night and wasn’t retaining any new words. Plus, I like to get it out of the way. I currently have about 100 reviews per day.)
Read an article: 8:00 – 8:45: This is my main way of acquiring Fusha. I make sure the articles are interesting and use websites like 7iber.com and Arageek.com. Any new sentences are added to my Anki deck immediately.
After 8:45: Start my day and turn on my favorite radio station from Beirut (Sowt Lubnan). I use an app called Online Radio Box. I passively listen to this station throughout the day. When I hear a new word, I look it up, find a sentence with the dictionary, Lughatuna, and add to Anki.
Eat lunch while watching my favorite new Syrian show: شبابيك. All of the episodes are available on Youtube.
Watch more episodes of شبابيك or interesting talk shows like anything from Zaven Kouyoumdjian. My impression is that he’s one of the biggest talk show hosts in the Middle East. Season 4 of Al-Hayba dropped Nov 1, and it’s one of my favorite show’s so I wanted to binge watch after finishing other series’. Season 1 is on Netflix.
Add more Anki sentences by using this book: 101 Most Spoken Verbs in Spoken Arabic: Jordan and Palestine. I’ve had this book for many years, but never utilized it for some reason. Because I focus so much on input now, I wanted to spend almost a year will native-made content before using the book. Now that I feel like I’m at a good place, I decided to memorize all of the sentences of the book because 1) it’ll help me progress faster in my listening and reading practice 2) the sentences in the book are authentic and have been reviewed by native speakers 3) the person who wrote the book is a pretty notable Arabic teacher. This is the last book for English speakers, I’ll likely ever use again. But I feel good about this choice. I should be finished inputting sentences at about March 2020.
How long are your flash card reviews? And do you have a specificity schedule to accommodate the 100 reviews or is it more ad-how practice?
I need to do a whole post about flash cards and making it efficient! My reviews take between 25 – 27 minutes these days. The app tracks that and shows statistics. Check my article on my daily schedule for Dec 2020 to see how I accommodate. I found that if it was ad-how I didn’t usually do it
Hi! I sent you an email, but not sure if you received it 🙂 Do you have any Anki decks that you uploaded or perhaps available to buy?
Replied to your email this morning! Excited to hear back from you!