How to Set Up Your Anki Deck

French All in one

  1. Copy the audio files from your phrasebook to your computer’s hard drive.  For this tutorial, I am using McGraw-Hill’s French All in One.
  2. Download Anki.
  3. Open Anki.
  4. Your screen should look like this. Click on Add.

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Click on Fields

Create deck 03Rename “Front” to French.  Rename “Back” to English.

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Click on Add and create a new field called Audio.

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Click close, then in another window, open the folder with your audio files in it.  Drag and drop an mp3 file into the Audio field.

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Type (or cut and paste) the French word from the Audio field into the French field.  Put the English word into the English field.  Then click Add.

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Repeat as necessary to make as many cards as you need.

Making Anki Test Us Both Ways

We want Anki to test us both ways; that is, from French to English and from English to French.   So…

Click Close, then click on Browse, then click on Current Deck.

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Click on Cards.

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Click on the funny little button in the top right corner.

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In the Card 2 tab, in the Front Template, change {{French}} to {{English}}.

In the Back Template section,  replace {{English}} with {{French}}.    Create deck21 flip

Click on Close.

And there you have it.  Or as we say in French, voila.  Now every time you add a new card, Anki will automatically create another card to test your recall in reverse.

If I have made a mistake, or something is not clear, please let me know in the comments.

Good luck,



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