I just figured out that you can upload audio as large as you want onto the front of flashcards in Anki, and you can put the transcript/translation on the back. T
hat means that you can use Anki to do spaced reviews of your listening (vocabulary in context) - I’m doing this with the extracted dialogues and transcripts from ChinesePOD.com
Anki gives you four options for grading your comprehension/performance:
Again - You’ll see the card again soon
Hard - You’ll see the card again the next day
Good - You’ll see the card again in 3-4 days
Easy - You’ll see the card again in 7-9 days
Of course, each time you see a card and choose one of these options, Anki recalculates the interval accordingly, and over time all of these intervals will become longer, eventually to the point where you don’t have to review certain items for years.
In the context of listening, this means that the levels would be such that:
Again = 0-25% comprehension → You’ll see the card again soon
Hard = 25-50% comprehension → You’ll see the card again the next day
Good = 50-75% comprehension → You’ll see the card again in 3-4 days
Easy = 75%-100% comprehension → You’ll see the card again in 7-9 days
Obviously these levels are based on your subjective opinion of your rate of comprehension, but I think that if you use Anki in this way with short (max 1-2 minutes) content containing new vocabulary, over time you will see rapid progress and passive to active vocabulary transfer (especially as a beginner).
For more advanced learners, this could be used as a supplement to your regular, more extensive listening and reading.