Why you need physical flashcards to learn German

If you are using digital flashcards, you are cheating yourself out of a whole lot of German learning. 

Digital flashcards aren’t the worst thing in the world. I even made some to go with my A1 and A2 books, but you are seriously missing out, if you aren’t using physical flashcards!

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What Makes a Great Flashcard?

First let’s explain what should be on your flashcards, regardless of whether they are digital or physical. 

Nouns

Include the noun, its gender, plural form, and an example sentence. Your native language goes on the back.

German Noun Flashcard Example Front
German Noun Flashcard Example Front
German Noun Flashcard Example Back
German Noun Flashcard Example Back

Verbs

Note the infinitive, Präteritum, and Perfekt forms, along with example sentences. Indicate any irregularities. Again, translations on the back.

Regular German Verb Flashcard Example Front
Regular German Verb Flashcard Example Front
Regular German Verb Flashcard Example Back
Regular German Verb Flashcard Example Back
Irregular German Verb Example Flashcard Front
Irregular German Verb Example Flashcard Front
Irregular German Verb Example Flashcard Back
Irregular German Verb Example Flashcard Back

Adjectives, Adverbs, Prepositions, Pronouns & Conjunctions

Add relevant grammatical forms and examples.

German Preposition Flashcard Example Front
German Preposition Flashcard Example Front
German Preposition Flashcard Example Back
German Preposition Flashcard Example Back
German Adjective Example Flashcard Front
German Adjective Example Flashcard Front
German Adjective Example Flashcard Back
German Adjective Example Flashcard Back
German Conjunction Example Flashcard Front
German Conjunction Example Flashcard Front
German Conjunction Example Flashcard Back
German Conjunction Example Flashcard Back

Why Physical Over Digital?

Physical flashcards offer unparalleled flexibility in layout and design, something digital platforms struggle with. Plus, they let you get creative with colors:

Assign colors to different genders and parts of speech.

Feminine German Noun Example Flashcard Front
Feminine German Noun Example Flashcard Front
Neuter German Noun Example Flashcard Front
Neuter German Noun Example Flashcard Front
Plural German Noun Example Flashcard Front
Plural German Noun Example Flashcard Front

Use different colored pens for further categorization, like dative vs. accusative prepositions.

Accusative Preposition Example Flashcard
Accusative Preposition Example Flashcard
Genitive Preposition Example Flashcard
Genitive Preposition Example Flashcard
Two-Way Preposition Example Flashcard
Two-Way Preposition Example Flashcard
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The Power of Handwriting

Handwriting engages your brain more effectively than typing. It’s not just about creating the flashcard; it’s about interacting with the language. Speak the words and sentences as you write them. This multisensory approach deepens your understanding and memory.

Kinesthetic Learning

Physically handling flashcards adds a kinesthetic dimension to your learning, similar to how singing “Head, Shoulders, Knees, and Toes” in German helps remember body parts.

Using Your Flashcards

Traditional method: Read one side, flip, and check.

Writing method: Write the German word from your native language, then check for accuracy.

Creativity boost: Shuffle and pick a few cards, then craft sentences or stories using those words.

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