Here are flashcards depicting sports, sports gear, or things that go along with sports. The below images are located here. Each flashcard has a picture on the front and the Japanese, phonetic reading, and English on the back. Equipment pictures can be confused with the sports themselves. For example, a picture of a soccer ball could be interpreted to mean "soccer" or "soccer ball". To avoid confusion, pictures that depict the sports themselves have both gear and people in them. Many of these words came to Japanese from English and the pronunciation is simply a katakana variant of the original word. In these cases, you'll learn the words very quickly, but because you are — or should be, if you aren't — using a spaced repetition system, you won't see those cards very much and your time won't be wasted.
Spaced repetition is a learning technique that incorporates increasing intervals of time between subsequent review of previously learned material in order to exploit the psychological spacing effect. Alternative names include spaced rehearsal, expanding rehearsal, graduated intervals, repetition spacing, repetition scheduling, spaced retrieval and expanded retrieval. Although the principle is useful in many contexts, spaced repetition is commonly applied in contexts in which a learner must acquire a large number of items and retain them indefinitely in memory. It is therefore well suited for the problem of vocabulary acquisition in the course of second language learning, due to the size of the target language's inventory of open-class words.
— Wikipedia. 2015-01-20.
There is almost always more than one way to say something. That's true in general, it's true for these words, and it's a really good thing. In our daily lives, we work around missing vocabulary on a regular basis without even realizing it. Foreign languages are the same, except that we feel the pressure directly. If I can say it in English, why in heck can't I say it in Japanese? When you know the word in one language but don't know it in the second, it can be frustrating. Keep in mind, though, that nothing magical happens in our native language, either. We're just better at circumventing vocabulary shortcomings in our native language because we've practiced a lot more.
This deck has fifty cards. Here's a package for Anki. There are plenty of sports I didn't include, in some cases because I didn't think of them and in other cases because I didn't quickly find pictures for them. There are always more words to learn, and I like to make decks of fifty or one hundred cards because those are friendly numbers. I encourage you to expand upon this deck. Add more sports and gear, and share your results with us. Picture flashcards are a great way to study. Making a decent deck takes a long time, but sharing it is quick, and everyone can benefit. The pictures here are all public domain.
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