The second generation of Anki offers a different view on cards, notes, facts and layouts. Compared to the first version of this program, one may be confused by alternating definitions. But after a short period everything gets clear and logical.
I learn German nouns with my custom note type GermanNoun. It exposes the following fields:
The trick is to combine these field with the help of card layouts. Using only 6 fields (many of them can be ommited) we are going to generate a lot of useful card.
Here the examples of the front card side:
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The corresponding back side can be encoding as follows:
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You may want to experiment with colors and font properties. HMTL to rescue :)