I'm using Anki, a flashcard learning tool, for learning Japanese vocabulary. Of course, this includes words with kanji. For these I need to know both the reading and the meaning. Now I'm wondering what the better note layout for recognition is:
- One card with the word without readings on the front and the readings on the back and one card with the readings on the front and the meaning on the back, or
- One single card with the word without readings on the front asking for both reading and meaning.
The former has the advantage that it separates meanings and readings which are separate things to learn, I think. On the other hand the latter results in fewer cards and seems more elegant. Besides I do automatically think of reading and meaning at the same time.
So far I have only used a single card. Do you have any further arguments or experience for/with either approach?