Create cards with two and four sides


Actually, my question includes two questions that related to each other:

Q 1:

I know how to create a card with “front” and “back” sides (like a simple flashcard for a new word to memorize). But I don’t know how to create cards for small conversation sentences between two or more people, for example:

A: Hello, can I speak to David, please?
B: Who’s speaking?
A: This is Peter
B: I’m afraid, you have the wrong number.

It’s necessary the card template I expect, shows A and B, then A and finally B.

Q 2:

I need a deck with a mix of cards for two questions and answers (A and B) and some for four questions and answers like the above examples (A - B and again A and B).

Would you please guide me on how to create cards for this scenario. Is it possible to have a deck to support both situations and cards without disturbing?

Thank you

Anki doesn’t support cards with more than two sides. Arguably, the “Anki way” would be to create a cloze note where each line of the dialogue is used to generate one cloze card (in your example, you’d end up with four cards each with a different line missing).
However, you could also use Javascript to have just one card where you can incrementally reveal the separate lines and I’m sure there are many more solutions like this. But keep in mind that Anki isn’t intended to work that way and studying like this may be not that efficient.
One issue for example, is that you’re prompting four sentences, but can only rate your performance for the whole dialogue. So if you recall three of the sentences perfectly, but keep failing the fourth, having to keep reviewing all of them will be inefficient and frustrating.

As for your second question, having multiple different card templates and note types in one deck is perfectly fine. Did you encounter any specific problems with that?


I agree with you about this kind of situation, but fortunately, I don’t have many four-sentences examples like I said to create four cards and maybe I ignore them to include in my deck that I’m going to create it. But If I could create it, it would be cool.

Honestly, I don’t have any experience creating a mix of templates. I wanted to create a card with four sides, but I failed. Tried "Cards < Card Types Window < Options menu < Add Card Type, but didn’t answer what I need and confused. As I found out, this feature, creates a new card four all entries of a deck, while I I need new cards just for some entries, not all of them.

Indeed, if you add a new card template, it will be added for all the notes of that note type you’re adding it to.
So if you want to add a new card only for some notes, you should first give them a unique note type. In the browser, go to Notes->Manage Note Types… to add a new one (if necessary). Then select the cards in the browser, rightclick and choose Change Note Type….


Hi AnkiMonkey

From viewpoint of effective learning I recommend you to use cloze deletions instead in this case. I would made the following questions from your text, for explanation you can look up “Minimum Information Principle”:

Card 1:
    Hello, can I speak [...] David, please?
Back: to

Card 2:
    Hello, can I speak to David, [...]?
Back: please

Card 3:
Front: Hello, can I speak to David, please?
          Who’s [...]?
Back: speaking

Card 4:
    Who’s speaking?
    [...] is Peter
Back: This

Card 5:
    Who’s speaking?
    This [...] Peter
Back: is

Card 6:
    [...]’m afraid, you have the wrong number.
Back: I

Card 7:
    I’m [...], you have the wrong number.
Back: afraid

… and so on


Hi Andrej

Yeah, I agree with you, and the cloze deletions method is better than guessing the long full answer, that could be boring and a bit hard when these kinds of cards grow! try it. Thank you for the useful link.

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The Minimum Information Principle is explained better at this (original ) link:
I should have sent it in the first post

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We should look at your examples from the SRS principles standpoint.

  1. Learning multiple Facts in one card ( with no benefits to show )
  2. Desirable difficulty is not there.
  3. Cloze deletion is a bad choice for these simple facts.

a. Make Two Basic cards ( Active, and NOT Passive cards) – only for the first and last questions.
b. Passive cards would do more harm than good due to interference ( when being shown too close to each other the second card will be easier to answer).

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  1. Learning multiple Facts in one card ( with no benefits to show )
  2. Desirable difficulty is not there.

The example I wrote just was a simple example, don’t want to use those or similar ones. The data I’m going to insert in Anki, are more difficult than those. Just a thing about cloze deletion that I’m not sure about is; many words can be correct in my examples and sentences to fill the gaps, but I must answer the exact words that use in my examples from the book I’m going to turn into Anki’s deck.

Thank you for your suggestions and try it soon!