kurisuto wrote:See, that's why I told you not to forget the first rule : the first two morae have to be different in pitch. So, no, low-low-high (or high-high-low for that matter), isn't possible.
However, the downsteps are really much more important than the upsteps. In fact, Japanese people won't even listen for the upsteps. It's also important to note that the upsteps aren't rigid, and it's more like the pitch rises throughout a word or phrase until it hits a downstep. It's just that the pitch tends to rise a bit more sharply on the second mora than the others (especially if the word is short).
What I do in my flash cards is I underline accented syllables. An "accented" syllable is the last syllable before a downstep. I also try to always have an audio clip for the sentence if possible to make sure that I don't exaggerate the pronunciation; knowing where the accents go and pronouncing them correctly are two separate problems. For this reason I use smart.fm as my primary source for sentences to learn, since their Core 2000 set (and much of the Core 6000 set) has audio examples for every sentence.
john2 wrote:Is their a free flash card software for Japanese?
Not to be harsh, but confusing "their" and "there" tends not to give one high hopes for one's language learning abilities... it's not necessarily that you're unintelligent, but it seems to demonstrate that you don't really care. Not a good attitude to have when it comes to learning a new language.
To actually answer your question, I use Anki
, which is a general-purpose flash card program that works for any language -- not to mention any other endeavor in which you might want flash cards, although so far I've only needed it for language learning. I highly recommend it, as I strongly doubt that a better program exists. Just be sure that you use it as intended instead of trying to cheat the system, as you'd only cheat yourself.