This post explains how to create Audio Chinese (Mandarin/Cantonese) Flashcards in Anki. Enhance your Chinese learning with amazingly natural Chinese voices !
In Anki, click. Save the file on your hard drive. It's important to do this regularly (once a month) if you invest a lot of time in your Anki flashcard collection. This allows you to recover your cards even if you make a mistake.
In order to fully unlock the power of Anki, you have to spend a bit of time understanding Note Types. If you've already customized the Note type and have different fields, you can skip this section.Does your Anki Chinese deck look like this, with a Front, and a Back field ?
Front is what you are asked as the question, and back is what you are shown as the answer. Unfortunately this doesn't allow you to really customize the way you show your cards. I recommend the following structure:
We'll do this by adding a new Note Type: In the Decks view in Anki, click.
Select. This lets you start with the Front and Back fields.
I've named by note type Chinese-Audio.
Clickwhile you have Chinese-Audio selected.
You are now presented with the list of fields in the Note Type. Do the following
When done, it should look like this. Click.
Back in the Note Types screen, click:
This is where you see your card templates. We're going to add the Romanization and Sound fields to the back template, like below:
Click Close, and then Close again in the Note Types screen.Now, go to, select all your cards in your deck, and click on
Here, we are telling Anki that our cards shouldn't just have 2 fields, they should have the 4 that we setup earlier. Make sure that
Click OK. Your cards (actually Anki calls them notes) should have 4 fields:
And we are done modifying the Note Type !
This addon allows adding audio generated from text. Install it from: https://ankiweb.net/shared/info/1436550454In Anki, click , then click . Type in the addon number: 1436550454
After installation, restart Anki.
In Anki, go to. Select a few cards to try it out at first, then click .
Select the Microsoft Azure service. I've found this has the best sounding Mandarin voices.
You'll need to enter an API Key. Microsoft Azure is a paid Text-to-speech service. By becoming a Patreon fan, you have access to API keys: https://www.patreon.com/lucw
Once you've pasted the API key, click .
When reviewing your cards, you should now have sound playing after displaying the answer.Note: since we've changed the structure of your cards, Anki may ask you to fully re-upload your deck to AnkiWeb. This is normal.