Get an SRS application
If you get SuperMemo, you can download the free Antimoon Starter Collection. The collection has 100 pronunciation, grammar, and vocabulary items designed personally by Tom and Michal, showing many different ways of using SuperMemo to learn English.
- SuperMemo 17 for Windows ($80)
- SuperMemo 15 for Windows (free)
Anki runs on Windows, Mac, Linux and smartphones. The iPhone version costs $24.99; other versions are free.
SuperMemo or Anki?
- You have to choose Anki if you want to use the software on MacOS, Linux or a smartphone. SuperMemo works only on Windows. Anki can synchronize your collection across different platforms, so you can, for example, add new items on your PC and later review them on your phone.
- Both Anki and SuperMemo use Piotr Wozniak’s SuperMemo algorithm. However, Anki used a modified version of the SM2 algorithm (developed in 1987). SuperMemo uses a far more advanced algorithm (SM15), which, according to Wozniak, adapts better to your memory and can give you the same results with less work (source).
- Anki gives you better control over item layout. If you like to set your fonts and colors “just right”, you will probably have more fun using Anki.
If you don’t want to add your own words and phrases to an SRS (for example, because you have very little time or you’re not good with computers), there are ready-made English courses based on SRS technology. Check out SuperMemo.net or, if you live in Poland, eTutor.pl.