I’ve recently discovered the L-R system of language learning and have been setting up to learn it. The idea is that you begin with long texts - novels, for example - in your target language (L2) and follow a systematic approach to reading and listening. L-R system in a nutshell Here are the steps: Read the text in L1 (your native language) and become familiar with it.^[I rephrased this intruction from other sources that say “read the translation” because what if the text itself if a translation?
For the last two years, I’ve been working through a 10,000 word Russian vocabulary ordered by frequency. I have a goal of finishing the list before the end of 2019. This requires not only stubborn persistence but an efficient process of collecting the information that goes onto my Anki flash cards. My manual process has been to work from a Numbers spreadsheet. As I collect information about each word from several websites, I log it in this table.