Spaced Repetition What is an MCD

With the so-called "Massive-Context Clozed Deletion Method" (MCD) sentences in the target language are used in which individual words are hidden. Through the context or a given translation, the learner must then fill in the missing word in the correct form. If these gap texts are then combined with an index card system, the advantages of repetitive learning (keyword: SRS - Spaced Repetition) are available and you learn the word in context and not on its own.

From a historical point of view, this method replaces the “10,000 sentence method” ( and has the following advantages:

  • The brain is challenged because you have to find the word yourself
  • Words are not learned individually, but in context
  • The sentences can come from a topic that interests you - this makes learning more exciting
  • With Anki as an index card system, the sentences are presented for repetition on the right days

Installation of the plug-in in Anki

A plug-in is required to create “MCD cards” in Anki. Here is a brief information on how to install the plug-in:

  1. In the “Tools” menu, select “Extensions”> “Find and Install”.
  2. Enter the code “160835825”, confirm with OK and restart Anki.
  3. Select “Tools”> “Manage note types” in the menu.
  4. “Add”> “Basic MCD”> “OK”
  5. Close the dialog - the installation is complete.

It is a good idea to start a new deck for this type of card.

Adding MCD cards

Here I briefly describe how to create a new MCD card:

  1. Switch to the stack in which you want to insert the card.
  2. “Tools”> “Add MCD Cards”.
  3. In the card that follows you enter the complete sentence (and possibly a translation) under “Text”.
    Under “Clozes” you now write all the words that the software should automatically replace. One of these words is always asked for.
  4. The map is created by clicking on “Add”. A query could then look like this:
  5. And the answer:


I think the MCD method helps with language learning and optimally complements other methods, even if it may be a bit more effort to create them in the first step.