What I was missing with Duolingo - but too pricy
I love Duolingo and use it every day, but I find some languages on the app are better set up than others. When I started learning Danish, I kept using it as obsessively as I had with other languages, but I found that something was missing. Memrise fills in the gap with native speakers in brief clips, reinforcing the correct pronunciation I’d been struggling with mastering on the Duolingo app. It’s also so helpful to see phrases and words in repetition on this app, which helps enormously with memorizing new words. I’m going to use both of these apps in tandem and I’m extremely excited to start using Memrise as part of my daily routine and to try out other languages on the app as well. I’m only on level two but I love it so far!
EDIT: However, I think it is incredibly pricy for the limited amount of words that are available. The highest level will get you some elementary vocabulary, but 60 a year or 9 dollars a month is just far too expensive for something that does not get you in depth understanding of the language. It is set up incredibly well but until the developers offer a higher level of fluency and additional levels I can’t imagine myself paying for it, which is very disappointing.
An incredible app
This app is simply stunning not only in its effectiveness but also simply the way it looks and feels when you use it. I used to use Duolingo only and now I simply use that app to compliment this one! Another great aspect would be that you don’t have to necessarily pay to learn, you can learn everything you need for free but at the same time you can purchase the premium membership (a membership, might i add, that is definitely worth it) so as to enhance your experience and learn faster. I have been referring my friends to use this app and they all seem to like it. Personally I have been using it for French for maybe a few months now, and i simply love the program, and I plan to use it to learn german starting around the new year. I was also wondering if perhaps you could add in some more languages, my key example being Hindi, as both myself and friends (and I’m sure many others who use this app) would be thrilled to see more languages added. So to put it simply, everyone I know who uses this app as well as myself simply adore it, and want to thank, and congratulate you, on your tremendous effort you have put into it, so as to help us all learn, and better ourselves.
Absolutely love this app but what’s with the update?
I have been using Memrise for a couple years now and fell in love with it immediately. I had been studying Nihongo (Japanese) since I was young but never got to finish learning so this was an awesome way to refresh my memory and teach myself again.
Anyways, it’s been awhile since I’ve been able to sit down and study with the app and I just picked it up again tonight but am sort of uncomfortable with the ad pop ups, not for any other reason than just not wanting to click either option.
I love that you guys promote another version of your app that you have to pay for, but putting a rude or “sassy” option to close the ad is honestly annoying. I had a lot of respect for this app, still sorta do, but I feel like it’s now lost a bit of its approachable class for all ages and kinds of people.
Why not leave the option “No, Thanks. Maybe Later” cause not everyone has that much money to spare and having to choose “No, I don’t like people” or “Nah, I like to stay in my own little bubble 😒” is sort of condescending and juvenile.
Other than that, the app is good, but now I feel like it’s directed towards younger millennials and not the masses. It’s not that big of a deal, just annoying.
Pretty good but not flexible enough
Let me start out by saying I liked this app enough pay the subscription. It's a nice friendly app, and they have a lot of good content.
That being said, I find it a pretty significant drawback that you have no control over how much repetition you get other than the "difficult words" – which more often than not represent times I was tired and misclicked. This feature would be a lot more useful if you could manually adjust the difficult words on the phone app as you can on the website, but feature parity is lacking here.
Better, though, would be the ability to tell the app how much repetition you need both per data set and per word. For instance, for the Spanish vocab set I need far fewer repetitions in the app wants to give me, and for the Chinese set, I want way more. Even with in each language, there is variation by word – some Spanish words just don't click, and some Chinese words I've heard before or just seem natural. The lack of the sort of adaptability makes me not want to use the app for very long in a single session, or on consecutive days, because the practice feels extremely repetitive and not a good use of my time, even if I do nothing but "learn new words".
Mui Bien - gracious
This is an awesome app!!!! Maui easy to learn Spanish in a quick and easy to understand way that is very fun ! I love the videos of the native speakers ( so cute to see them speaking in their native language and having a big smile on their faces! ) I been really wanting to learn Spanish and tried using Rosetta Stone, but it is soooo expensive and being a full time college student I couldn't afford it. To have this app available right on my phone it is so cool to be able to work on a few words as I get time throughout the day! I purchased the PRO version to have all the available extras and it was mui worth it !! I really really loved the section where it has me practice typing words and then sentences in Spanish ! Favorite and most helpful app I have EVER purchased ! When I graduate I am so excited that I will now be able to speak to my Spanish clients in their own language - maybe not quite fluent but understandable to communicate and I am mui confident that I will be fluent in a mui short time ! Thank you so much for such an enjoyable and fun way to learn a skill that will be so helpful to me DAILY as I work to help those in my community as a social worker ! Gracious!
Memrise uses spaced repetition in order to help you memorize a word or phrase, as well as it has an option for mnemonics, which I think is great. I love memrise and I’ve been using it for 2 years with pro membership for learning languages. Nonetheless, there are some things I really hate. For example, some people cheat making ridiculous amounts of points and that makes me feel mad because the points I make I put the effort and time for them. So I think it’ll be a good idea to have limited amounts of points you can make in a day, something reasonable and human-capable.
Another issue I have is I’m a pro member and I can’t even review a general course with pronunciation, learn with locals, and listening skills. That was something that was available before and not anymore. It only works with individual lessons. So, why paying a membership if I can’t even make use of those features in a broader way?
When I review words in the website, it gives me +150 points per word/phrase whereas in the phone it only gives me +5, and I think that’s ridiculous. It should be even, doesn’t it? A year ago I gave 5 stars to the app, but now I’ll give it just 4 because there are things to improve.
A pretty effective tool
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I have been using memrise in conjunction with Duolingo and a book set to learn Russian for a bit now. I’d totally give 5 stars, but there are a few issues, especially with the Russian course, that i feel need addressing. First of all, the way you learn the alphabet is a bit strange. I love how it gives you the character and the pronunciation, but sometimes in review, it gives you the sound of the letter and a few options in the English alphabet. For example, if there was a д sound, it would often just give me the choice of d instead of the character. This is a bit annoying since it doesn’t help me learn the alphabet, but rather makes me learn our alphabet, which I don’t really need reviewing on. I think it should at least incorporate the character, like show it alongside the sound button, or just have the character as an option. The app also doesn’t tel you what the characters are called, which is bad because if you only had the app, you wouldn’t be able to say what the character was, just the sound. Other than those alphabet learning issues, Memrise has definitely helped me with Russian, and I will definitely keep using it! Пака!
Revised Japanese is excellent!
I started using the Japanese module last year to supplement self-study, and it was frustrating. You only got hiragana, so words that are normally written in katakana looked wrong and were hard to read. Some kanji were introduced, but they weren’t really useful (e.g., tree, but no sentences using it). It’s almost always rude to address someone as “you,” but the module was full of sentences like “You look tired.”
This has all been fixed, and I’m getting a lot out of it. They start with hiragana, and once you get the hang of that, they start throwing kanji at you for new vocabulary that’s normally written in kanji. It’s hard, but it’s a lot better than learning the words in hiragana and then having to relearn them in kanji. At level 16, you start learning katakana. They’ve also introduced names to use in place of “you” (e.g., “Ms. Riho looks tired”), which is the polite way to address people.
The Japanese module is probably best for supplementing more-conventional study, and it will be perfect for someone who knows a little Japanese and wants to refresh or relearn it, such as someone who had a semester of Japanese in college years ago.
Arabic lacking greatly
I was enjoying the alphabet lessons, and felt progress and motivation, so I paid for a year subscription. But the problem started when the completion of the alphabet lessons led me directly to vocabulary such as thank you, good morning, etc., with no lessons on actually reading chunks (morphemes) of letter combinations.
At this point I’m only surviving in the vocabulary section by memorizing what shape words look like, without knowing how the words actually phonetically read out. I have learned to read and write Mandarin, so I’m experienced enough to identify a bad program when I see one.
Since each Arabic letter has 3 forms (initial, medial, final), it’s too much of a leap to go straight into vocabulary without some phonetics lessons. A bridge needs to be built to solve the lessons’ poor transition from alphabet to vocabulary words. The Arabic alphabet is an abjad, meaning many vowels aren’t actually written. The program made no attempt to introduce and teach this.
While in the alphabet section, the app asked me how I would rate Memrise in terms of grammar instruction. This survey question belongs in the grammar section, not in the alphabet section where I haven’t even had exposure to grammar yet.
Whatever is available in the Pro upgraded version can’t make up for a poor foundation. I’m going to apply for a refund.
AWESOME app, but where are the chatbots?
I use memrise to learn additional things and to secure my knowledge, and it is great so far. Since I study German at school, I have no problem with understanding the grammar. However, some of my friends are having some trouble with the grammar. I would recommend getting the pro, because you can access many things such at speed review, learning offline, listening with locals. But even if you don’t get the pro that is still fine, because you still can learn a lot. I used it for 1 month without the pro, and I found it so fun and useful that I got the pro. I AM OBSESSED AND IN LOVE WITH THIS APP!
WWW: speed review (my personal favorite, good for recap by storing it into long term memory, good for when you don’t have a lot of time), improves pronunciation (you get to listen to locals pronouncing the word or phrase) AWESOME APP IN GENERAL!
EBI: 1) The explore picture section needs improvements, sometimes it gets wrong. 2) My streaks don’t save when I use offline learning, which is quite sad. 3) Where are the chatbots? I can’t seem to find them. NEED HELP!