Price: The application is free and comes with samples of decks. Purchase decks starting at $9.99; available for immediate download.
Platforms: Windows, Mac, Linux
Babel Flashcards is high-quality flashcard software for biblical languages: Biblical Greek flashcards, Biblical Hebrew flashcards, and Biblical Aramaic flashcards. Here are some of its features, some of which are unique to Babel Flashcards:
- High quality decks: comprehensive decks for all three biblical languages as well as decks tied to Hebrew and Greek textbooks
- Power and freedom to create complex decks easily
- Beautiful rendering of UNICODE Greek, Hebrew, and Aramaic across operating systems
- Display of Hebrew and Aramaic glosses catered to the stem-based nature of the Semitic verbal system
- Use of the Leitner method of spaced repetition for efficient learning according to the way the brain works
For Windows and Linux users: The basic application for Babel Flashcards may be freely downloaded by clicking on the Launch button below. It comes with sample decks; you may purchase the full decks on our Products page.
Click on the jnlp file your browser downloads if it does not automatically install.
For Mac users: Download the free application. You must make sure that your privacy settings (under Security and Privacy) are set to allow apps to run from “anywhere.”
For detailed instructions, you can view detailed Babel Flashcards installation instructions, including system requirements.
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In addition to the basics of flashcard software, Babel Flashcards contains several features that help it to stand out as a superior learning tool designed to build your vocabulary: high quality data, power and freedom to create complex decks easily, beautiful rendering of UNICODE Greek, Hebrew, and Aramaic across operating systems, display of Hebrew and Aramaic glosses catered to the stem-based nature of the Semitic verbal system, and use of the Leitner method of spaced repetition for efficient learning according to the way the brain works.
First, Babel Flashcards uses high quality data. The lexemes and glosses that you purchase from Miklal are curated and of the highest quality. There are decks that contain cards for every single lexeme in the Bible in the specified language, each with accurate glosses. Miklal ensures that you spend your time learning only the finest glosses. The decks tied to grammars are not generic lexemes and glosses that are linked to the vocabulary in the grammars but rather the precise lexemes and glosses found in the grammar together with all of the accompanying information (e.g. morphological irregularities) the authors provide in the textbook. To this information Miklal has added chapter and frequency (including frequency for verbal stems for Hebrew/Aramaic) information so that you can study whichever words you wish. More information is available about the source of each set of glosses on the Products page.
Second, Babel Flashcards allows you unprecedented freedom to easily create complex decks of cards. Do you want to learn the most common words? Easy. Do you want to learn all of the words in a particular passage of the Bible? Piece of cake. Do you want to learn all III-h verbs in Hebrew that occur fairly frequently? No problem. Do you want to learn all common words in one passage of the Bible and all common verbs and nouns in another? No worries. Do you want to easily choose whatever lexemes you want? Babel Flashcards makes it easy.
Third, Babel Flashcards displays Greek and Hebrew using aesthetically pleasing UNICODE fonts. For Greek, you have the option to use whatever UNICODE Greek font you prefer.
For Hebrew/Aramaic, many Windows users can choose their favorite UNICODE Hebrew font, while everyone has the option of having Babel Flashcards override the operating system’s rendering of Hebrew/Aramaic, producing beautiful UNICODE Hebrew/Aramaic with the font Ezra SIL. With such aesthetically pleasing fonts and rendering, your brain can quickly process the lexeme, allowing you to learn faster.
Fourth, Babel Flashcards helps you learn Biblical Hebrew and Biblical Aramaic in a manner that is in keeping with the stem-based nature of the Semitic verbal system. Have you ever noticed that Hebrew and Aramaic verbs take much longer to learn than nouns and adjectives? One of the main reasons for this is the difficulty in learning glosses for the various stems. Babel Flashcards makes this much easier for you. It separates the glosses out by stem visually so that the gloss for the G stem (qal in Hebrew, peal in Aramaic) is in the top left portion of the screen, the gloss for the D stem (piel in Hebrew, pael in Aramaic) is in the top middle portion of the screen, the gloss for the C stem (hiphil in Hebrew, haphel/aphel in Aramaic) is in the top right portion of the screen, etc. Babel Flashcards renders the glosses for the stems dark if they are used frequently and light if they are used infrequently so that your eye jumps to the frequent stems. Moreover, while Babel Flashcards’s comprehensive decks provide you with glosses for every stem of every verb that is actually attested–literally no more and no fewer, you can choose to have the glosses for infrequent stems not displayed, with control over how frequent they have to be in your hands. For example, you may choose to display glosses for enough stems to cover at least 90% of the occurrences of that verb. All of these features for Hebrew and Aramaic verbs may be turned on or off–the choice is yours.
Finally, Babel Flashcards makes use of the Leitner system of spaced repetition, leveraging how the brain learns to help you memorize in a quick and lasting fashion. If your needs are more urgent, such as a quiz tomorrow, you are also welcome to set aside the Leitner method.
For more information about options, see Babel Flashcards help.
Are you ready to try Babel Flashcards? If so, download Babel Flashcards for free with some sample decks by clicking on the Launch button near the top of this page (also available on our Products page). Are you ready to purchase Babel Flashcards decks? If so, you may purchase them securely from our Products page.
Do you still have questions? Please do not hesitate to contact us.
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