About the flashcards

Download Format

All materials are available in PDF format as instant downloads. We do not sell printed materials.

How to Download

The download button is not clickable until you select options.

First, select size and any other options, such as case (uppercase, lowercase, etc); then you can click “Download“.

Flashcard Sizes

Our flashcard sets are available for download in three sizes:

  • Large: 1 full-page card per sheet
  • Medium: 2 half-page cards per sheet
  • Small: 9 cards per sheet (playing card size)

Large cards work best for full class activities and wall posters. Choose medium cards for group work and language learning games, or to save some ink and paper. Small card sets are best for pair work, small group activities, teaching one-on-one, or self-study.

Flashcard Variations

Most of the flashcard sets now have these variations:

  • Images only: picture cards with no text
  • Images with labels: picture cards with text
  • Words only: text on separate cards to match the image cards
  • Words with IPA: the word with International Phonetic Alphabet transcription
  • Checklist: a vocabulary list, showing the image cards, matching label and IPA transcription

Word Cards

The word cards that match picture flashcards are intended to be printed on the reverse side of the image cards. For this reason, the word cards for the small size flashcard sets appear in the reverse order to their 3 x 3 grid counterparts in the image sets. As well, the word card borders are grey and the font is not very large so that the words will not be too visible through the paper when cards are printed double-sided.

IPA Transcription

The phonemic transcription on the words cards with IPA is American pronunciation. For the IPA, I used the English text to phonemic transcription converter at: https://tophonetics.com/. British pronunciation is also available at that site.

Regional Spellings and Vocabulary

I’ve recently started adding regional variations for sets with differences between North American English and British English vocabulary and/or spelling.

To prepare the lists– in addition to suggestions– I’m also using the Collins Online Dictionary. Their entries regularly suggest American usage when different from the British, though Canadian or Australian variations are few and far between.

For these regionally differing flashcard sets I’ve omitted IPA cards altogether. Being Canadian, I wanted American pronunciation with (mostly) British English spelling. As it turns out, the number of files needed to accommodate all the combinations would really complicate the drop-down menu. To simplify, I’m just leaving IPA off. Sorry 🙁


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Thank you to the teachers who have sent me requests and suggestions–  feedback is always welcome 🙂