I don’t know how I learnt languages without Anki. In fact, I did, but they were languages close to French or English with a lot of similar vocabulary. For Japanese, I just couldn’t do it without Anki.
Anki is sometimes my best friend and sometimes my most terrifying enemy. There are times when I am so confident that I am learning 40 words a day, cramming my words in advance and so on. And it also happened that I was so depressed with my deck that I didn’t touch it for a week.
Anki and I still haven’t found a harmonious relationship. That’s why I am reflecting on learning strategies for Anki.