Ultimate Geography v3.2
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|Tags||UG::Europe UG::European_Union UG::Sovereign_State|
|Country||Sea of Galilee|
|Country info||Overseas department of France.|
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Kazakhstan and Burundi got the wrong capitals (and maybe some more)
Make it less powerful!
It's a high quality deck which you can further customize by creating a couple of more cards from what's already given by axelboc's valuable effort.
For example, test yourself on "what's this" and you'd only get an image of a continent/ocean/sea/city/municipality or "which flag is this" and you'd only get an image of a flag with country/capital on the other side (more cards of a thing = better for memorization).
The reason it's also worth downloading is that there is not much you can personally change regarding geography.
Usually, it's recommended to make your own cards but this is clearly an exception to the rule.
I mean, what's so personal that you can do regarding geography? It's a collection of different facts and places on the map…
One way I found to add value to this deck is to include original Forvo pronunciations of countries/cities/etc.
It's also really fun if you're a foreign language learner, so you can get a glimpse of that original Dutch pronunciation of “Oranjestad” or “Kralendijk”.
On top of that, the card template allows you to add “personal hints”, so you could that French friend's name when asked about Paris/France (scientifically shown to aid memory).
Anyways, great deck, definitively worth downloading!
I have some advice for studying with this deck though:
1) Turn off burying, since this will, e.g., bury a Flag►Country card, when you just learned the Country►Capital counterpart, which is absurd.
2) Instead, suspend one direction of each pair. I found Country►Flag, Country►Map and Capital►Country to be the less useful / more difficult half of the deck. You can unsuspend them when you are comfortable with the first half of the deck.
3) Make sure to add new cards in the preset order. It helps to get a grasp of countries you have never heard of, when you get multiple pieces of information about them at the same time. The same is true for the borders of unfamiliar continents, because you will not only see all cards of one note consecutively, but countries are also clustered geographically.
Some things to note: Countries like Swaziland have actually changed their name and are now called Eswatini for example, so beware that there are some errors but they are few and wide! Great tool for learning all countries, capitals, locations and flags
Went from Geographically illiterate to more knowledgeable than most people in a few months.
My only gripes is the fact that the capitals are somewhat useless to know... I suspend most of those cards on purpose.
It would be nice if the deck focused on something more important like current presidents/leaders, but of course that would require more updating.
Also if there was a higher emphasis on culturally significant regions.
Regardless, still the best deck for Geography.
I would also like an option to sort by population. I do not think this would hinder long term memorization as another commentor suggested.
I suspended all the capital cards because I'm not interested in learning those. This was easy to do because the deck is well organized!
Anyway, I want to answer one of the previous commentaries about it: The one that suggests to sort countries by population.
It is not bad idea if you want to name/recognize just the most important countries, but it can become incredible more difficult to grasp the last few thousands of cards, so if you want to complete the full journey, the difficulty will overall increase, so I think that's a must-not change.
The older version had odd filters on the flags which distorted the colours.
This newer one also has improvements in accuracy and it appears to have a few more cards and countries the other one was missing.
Very impressed - it is the most useful deck on this entire website.
Everyone should study this deck and improve their knowledge of the world
It's kinda annoying to start with some extremely small islands if you hadn't had the more important ones.
I've currently seen 2/3rds of the cards and only saw 3 countries in continental Africa, no country in continental America (north and south) and no only a few countries from Asia/Ozeania (the only big one being the Philippines) - I force-learned European countries through a custom study since I already knew almost all about those.
When I learned capital some years ago I memorised 'Mbabane' as the capital of Swaziland.
This deck says it's 'Lobamba', so I checked Wikipedia. It lists them both: Lobamba as legislative and Mbabane as executive.
You could consider adding Mbabane or just a note explaining it like with South Africa :)
Same thing with a note for Sri Lanka
Being from Denmark I couldn't help but noticed how horribly disfigured Denmark is on the map of the Baltic Sea.
It turns out that the picture is actually of the now gone 'Ancylus Lake' and therefore over 10.000 years old.
Here's a better picture of the Baltic Sea with no name, maybe it's useful:
At the end, though, I found that the one-way Map->Country and Flag-Country cards left me with a number of leech cards and closely-related cards that I couldn't keep straight. Countries with similar flags were a lot of trouble (ex. New Zealand/Australia, Curaçao/Nauru, Palestine/Sudan, Andorra/Moldova), I never quite got the relative locations of various island nations down pat, and while I could easily recognize, say, Uganda or Hungary on a map, I wouldn't be able to tell you what other countries they bordered.
The conclusion is that, to master this deck and to have a reasonably accurate world map in my head (which is the goal, no?), I really needed to also learn cards for Country->Flag and Country->Map relations too. Adding these cards to the deck forced me to verbally explain what each country's flag looks like and what countries they border.
This yields 50% more cards to study, but also dramatically improves the benefit that I get from this deck.
I also want to thank you for putting in all this work and to keep it updated and maintained.
This is the most comprehensive geography deck on AnkiWeb, by far. Thanks for putting in all this work to keep it updated and maintained.