Exporting Terms to Anki from Learning With Texts

This post was originally posted on Babelhut.

If you’ve been keeping up with the language learning scene online, you have probably heard of Learning With Texts (LWT), which is software to assist you in studying foreign language text. If this is the first you’ve heard of it, then I recommend checking out Benny’s excellent introduction to Learning With Texts , because the rest of this post won’t mean much to you if you are unfamiliar with it.  This article also assumes you are aware of Anki , so if you’re not then you should read this introduction to Anki and Spaced Repetition and forget about forgetting ever again.

So, you’ve been using LWT, and it’s great, but you want an easy way to take the brand new words you are learning in LWT and put them into Anki so you can retain them, right? I have made a video that shows you exactly how to do that!

These are the websites and other software I mention in the video:

For quick reference, these are roughly the steps to export terms from LWT to Anki:

  1. In LWT, go to Terms in the menu
  2. Set Text to the name of the text you are getting words from
  3. Set Status to Learning/-ed [1..5]
  4. Set Tag #1 to UNTAGGED
  5. Set All x Terms to Export ALL Terms (Anki)
  6. Open LibreOffice Calc (or OpenOffice or MS Excel)
  7. File -> Open
  8. Set filter to Text CSV
  9. Select the file you downloaded from LWT and click Open
  10. Select Tab Separated and Unicode
  11. Look at opened document
  12. Note which columns you want for the front and back (in the video I choose columns E and B)
  13. Open Anki, and open the deck you want to import into
  14. File -> Import
  15. Select the file you downloaded from LWT
  16. Set the fields (which correspond to columns in the spreadsheet) to map to the Front and Back
  17. Click Import. Your LWT terms are now in your Anki deck! Rejoice!
  18. Go back to your browser window with LWT open
  19. Set All x Terms to Add Tag
  20. Type in “anki” so that these terms won’t appear in future exports. All done!