FlashSticks combine the old fashioned way of learning by having a new word on a Post-it note with the new way of learning by using a smartphone app. I bought the ‘Level 1: Beginner’ pack of 200 Post-it notes with words for beginners. The notes are in four colours, for masculine, feminine and neuter nouns and for other words, like verbs or adjectives. Each Post-it note includes the German word, phonetic pronunciation and English translation. Then there is the option of installing the smartphone app, which allows you to hover your phone over the note to receive a pronunciation video.
Currently only available for beginners but I’ve been told the intermediate level will be out soon, followed by an advanced and expert level. I am most intrigued to see how they will use Post-it notes for advanced and expert level! EDIT 2016: Instead of working on advanced post-it notes, they have developed an app which caters for every level. Read my review here.
If this intrigues you, too, they are currently available at amazon, WHSmith, Staples, YPO and their own website.
They are also available in other languages, but we won’t talk about them 😆
And finally their WARNING on the back of the pack:
Flashsticks may create a sudden urge to speak German. Please use responsibly!
What do you think? Do you think they could be useful? I like them!