for the past days I started to jump into reading the fundamental concepts of the Windows app Anki with all it's very powerful settings, different deck options, filtered decks, their new experimental Anki 2.1 beta scheduling, etc. and some background stuff about SuperMemo SM2 to SM5 and SM15/SM17.
YES; you need to be a technical guy to understand all this and there will be a high learning curve...honestly: quite confusing! (I am IT guy and Java developer) :-)
My current language background is using Memrise and DuoLingo (and others) for 1,2 years of Portuguese Brazil (in Memrise you can set options in your settings if you want to learn 5/10/15/20 new words).
I also have experience with Lingvist with my 11 days end of 2017 year challenge where I learned 1000 words in ~20 hours for 1h, and several days 2-3h/day to hit the >50 words limit.
I know for sure that you can freely either set in Anki the new words count to 0 or 20.
And according to other user suggestions you can create with the "Custom Study" button and "increase new words to xx" or "preview new cards" options a way how DuoLingo skill lessons work:
- set the NEW words to a limited multiplier of 5-7
- you do not mass-learn 20 new words on DuoLingo
- the Memrise Android app default is 5 / set to 10 for me
- the Memrise Android app stops at learning steps 3 or 4 / of 6, so 10 NEW words are half-planted (this is good like a preview, and I will not be penetrated with reviews the next 4-5h
- my Memrise web portal default is (was) 15 new words and 100 reviews (per session including progress bar)
With the Anki "deck custom options" you can e.g define different learning steps for NEW words", so you can split learning 2x 5-7 new words across two or three different "filtered decks", where your NEW words are in.
Usually you can use this technique for cram learning or mass words learning, where you want to increase your daily NEW limit of 20.
There are SO MANY Anki options like if you want to mix the review with new words, want to review old words first, set new words to 0, install addon scripts which can first show learning words (which have not been converted to review cards) the next day in your deck or the Anki default (with no addon) that you first have to have finished reviewing due words before you see any others.
There is a really big Anki support forum with TON's of support threads:
Because I added a comment on www.sprachheld.de in their language app comparision about Memrise and explicitely mentioning Lingvist, I was in contact with one of the staff because I probably wrote Lingvist too many into my own comment.
I wrote a really long answer e-mail to them about my plans for Portuguese Brazil and my 2017 challenge experiences with Lingvist learning Spanish (the good and the bad) and comparing to Memrise and I want to quote just a few of my (German) sentences from this e-mail:
Ich finde man sollte halt Lingvist mal gesehen / ausprobiert haben (kostet ja nichts bis 3000 Wörter).
Lernen im Context ist sicherlich schon (ab einem bestimmten Level) sinnvoll; wenn dann wären aber mind. 3-5 oder mehr abwechselnde Sätze sinnvoll (Erklärung: Lingvist wiederholt leider immer nur den einen Satz, wo man das Wort falsch geschrieben hat)
Aber jetzt habe ich ja "Cloze Deletions" und Anki Shared Decks (wieder-)entdeckt, auch für 15.000 Portuguese BR Sätze (nach Wort Frequency) von Nori ;)
Ich weiß ehrlich gesagt nicht, warum Lingvist ausgerechnet das Spaced Repetition (SR) Rad völlig neu erfinden muß....vielleicht erschließt sich das mir ja noch in diesem Jahr (als IT'ler).
Wonach die User im Forum - oh Wunder - plötzlich vereinzelt schreien, das kann ja Anki längst (z.B 0 neue Wörter, "Filtered Decks" für 7-14 neue Wörter - mit unterschiedlichen Lern-Steps je Minute - an einem bestimmten Tag / Lern-Session).
Und der Anki Author macht einen echt tollen Support im Forum....und das seit Jahren.
Da gibts aber ggf. noch viel von Lingvist aufzuholen?!?
Es wird für 2018 spannend bleiben...
Pardon me, but it is quite late here and I have no interest to read my very long (German) e-mail myself again and to translate the above into English ;)
The shared summary would be:
Anki supports Cloze deletion.
Multiple card templates.
You can download big shared decks from the community where some courses also include full sentences, even multiples.
there are Open Source subtile (SRT) to Anki deck converters available to convert video/audio films to flash cards
Carlos of my challenge told me in my thread (on DuoLingo) that he would find it difficult to start a language from scratch on Lingvist (I did this with Spanish)
Lingvist might have to add several user settings (the more, the better) which all other programs seem to already support
Lingvist repeat / practice queue (for Spanish) was sometimes 1, 3, 5 (almost "0") or even a few times 10-15, when I started to receiving NEW words
-> I will have to re-test if I can review to 0 without seeing NEW words
-> if there is a review <-> NEW words mixed default setting active, you have no full control over how and when you want to learn NEW words :(