Spanish Flashcards App for Android
At a Glance
Just like what its title says, Spanish Flashcards is an app that presents slides of flashcards to help you learn Spanish. You simply click on the card to turn it over for the Spanish translation. To move to the next card, you simply flick the screen. There is also a voice button at the bottom you can click to hear how a word or phrase is pronounced.
The cards are divided into a variety of categories: useful words, idioms, sentences, verbs, common words, adjectives, colors, days of the week, expressions, and numbers. Not surprisingly, some categories are much more useful than others; the idioms in particular are very useful to learn. Some categories are somewhat confusing, however. For example, it is not at all clear whether the verb "to drink" would be found in useful words or common words. I first came across it in common words, but it seems like a pretty useful word to know. Personally, I know I always want to know how to order a drink correctly in another country. Days of the week is a nice category, but why not include the months as well?
In theory, the simplicity of the flashcards should be the beauty of the app, but ultimately I ended up wishing there were more features available. For example, the most useful part of having physical flashcards is if you are struggling with certain words or phrases, you can place those cards in a pile to return to until you finally master the word or phrase. This app has no such ability even though an "add to my cards" button would be a very simple feature to include.
There is also no other way to browse through the cards other than in the random, linear fashion they are presented. A useful feature would be the ability to browse through word and phrase lists and create your own categories. Maybe I want to learn the different words for food in Spanish?
A final point of annoyance was that the cards always show the English phrase first, and then the Spanish--there is no way to reverse this. Typically, when using flashcards, it is good to learn translating from the foreign language to the native language, and vice versa. This seems like a serious oversight.
The worst part about physical flashcards is taking the time to actually make them. This app comes close to solving that problem, and the additional voice feature is really nice too. Unfortunately, this app currently lacks the most useful elements of physical flashcards.
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