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There are plenty of Topik and flashcard apps but I'm being picky. I want decks of smaller sizes that cover most of the TOPIK books.

I specifically want an app that keeps track of the flashcards I don't get right so I can review them easily. A lot of the apps have spelling and multiple choice quizzes which is good, but I prefer more flashcard functionality.

At the end of the day if you could minimally recommend your fav app I'd be happy.

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Nowadays there are many options of flashcards apps for learning foreign languages. Some of the ones I´ve used for TOPIK are LingoDeer and Duolinguo. They both offer interesting sources of vocabulary and grammar, but as far as I know, except for maybe LingoDeer, which mentions the test at their levels, they are not really focused on TOPIK vocabulary.

I would strongly recommend using vocabulary books like this one and the more traditional Anki if you are an independent learner.

Anki pros:

  • It is multi-platform, so it runs and syncs your progress on Windows, Android, iOS, from the web browser etc;
  • You can pretty much add anything to the cards (video, audio etc) because it is based on HTML and JavaScript;
  • Traditional SRS algorithm, based on SuperMemo SM2;
  • Versatile import/export options;
  • Costumizable flashcard layout, check this;
  • It is general use and free (except the iOS app, which is a different project and it is paid) and opensource, and you can copy text from your card and search for vocabulary on your favorite dictionary.
  • Many plug-ins, like the heatmap and many others

Anki heatmap example

Anki cons:

  • If you add many new cards, it can be really hard to do all the future reviews, because Anki focuses a lot on repetitions. Also, there is no simple option to set some learning conditions, like considering weekends as non-studying days. So expect a lot of card reviews from one week to another if you study many new cards on a given day.
  • Anki 2.1 is based on a different ecosystem than Anki 2.0. So older plug-ins may not work on the latest version.
  • As for Korean, I guess there might not be many pre-made decks as compared to Japanese for example.

My suggestion would be using Anki as a review tool for the new words you learn from TOPIK vocabulary books or from pre-made decks.

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