I do a lot of language work, and the best way to memorize vocabulary for me has always been vocabulary cards. Unfortunately, I have big boxes of the index cards which I’ve made over the years. They take up space in my tiny office. It’s unfortunate because I have a couple of Android devices… an HTC Aria, and a Barnes and Noble Nook Color. I had an epiphany while studying Aramaic today: I should use those devices for vocabulary cards, so that I can more easily access flash cards – making it more likely that I will actually do it.

I chose to use AnyMemo.

First, put that on your Android device.

Then download the AnyMemo converter. You can actually get pre-made databases of flash cards for Metzger’s Greek Textbook – or you can create your own.  The way you create your own for biblical languages is harder than for say, German. This is because you need a special sort of font (I’ll skip the technical stuff). I used SIL Ezra.

I would go ahead and download the package for Keyman Keyboard – which will allow you to easily type in the Hebrew characters into Excel.

Open an Excel document. In column “A” type in the Hebrew/Greek/Aramaic/whatever word – then in column “B” type in the English translation. Once you have finished the file, save it as a unicode text file.

Then open the AnyMemo converter which you downloaded earlier. Now tell it your separator is a “tab” instead of a “comma”. Your “A” language should be disabled, then “B” language should be English (or your primary language which you used earlier in the Excel file). Click the button to make the file.

Put that file on your SD card of your Android device.

Open the program AnyMemo, and tell it which file to open… there ya go…

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