Memrise organizes their courses based on how our brain works. They have all sorts of categories ranging from trivia, arts and literature to maths and science, memory training, standardized tests and even entertainment. It doesn’t focus solely on learning a language. Apart from that the thing I like about Memrise is their well-captivated and friendly theme. I only came across this website a few weeks ago and I have to say so far it’s quite good.
You can create mempals (friend lists) which are kind of like a study group where you can invite people who have the same interest in learning the same language as you and study together.
Let’s talk about Memrise levels. After you’ve finished all levels, you have to review back what you’ve learned. For instance, basic Arabic has 10 levels and have a total of 500 words. I have to review back so I won’t forget (obviously). If you forget to do that, don’t worry because they will constantly remind you on the course page. When you finish on each level and have done the review you’ll be rewarded with points and that will increase your rank within the community.
When you learn a certain language you’ll see there is a Leaderboard showing your ranking among other users that learn the same language. I personally consider this Leaderboard as a challenge and to be honest, I wanted to take the 1st place the very moment I saw it.
Seeing that ranking really motivates me and makes me want to push myself harder to get that spot and I succeeded. I finally took that spot from 160th position to 1st position in just 2 days.
However, maintaining the spot is difficult because someone with a higher points can take it away from you. I have to say I’m proud of myself when I achieved it – “where there’s a will, there’s a way”. (Too bad I’m now in 2nd place at the moment of writing because someone just beat my points).
You may think competing against Leaderboard is useless, but in my point of view, it’s like competing against your friend which is good.
You can always learn for FREE and also have the option to upgrade to premium to unlock certain features (only upgrade if you think Memrise worth your time). Basically, you can learn almost everything in FREE mode.
They have an app of the same name which you can download it to your Smartphone or android and can use it anytime and anywhere you want. In the description it says you can use it in offline mode.
According to user testimonials of the app, it does work in offline mode (downloading the courses offline) but there are a few problems there. I’ve personally tried it out and it works well, so far.
Memrise deals with memorizing words and structured sentences. You can only practice speaking by yourself. Thus, you never know if your pronunciation is right or wrong.
They also don’t have the alphabet characters provided same like Livemocha so when have to copy and paste the alphabets and words. Lucky for you if you have the characters on your not so lucky for those who don’t have (you can install the language on your computer or laptop though). It’s really troublesome.
I took basic at Memrise since it was the only course. I was hoping to see if they included grammar in there, turned out they don’t have it. Like many other courses I have to memorize all the alphabets, how the letter looks like in their initial, middle and end form (I knew that already long time ago) and then on next level they will introduce basic words, basic conversations and then long structured sentences.
When it comes to long structured sentences, some may have a problem memorizing dealing with tenses is the major problem. They should explain why the sentences are like this and that. It doesn’t have to be long, a clear, brief and simple one would be ok.
Besides, when you talk with real Arabs in real life, you don’t have time to memorize everything you want to say. What if some Arabs spontaneously ask you something, it’s not like you can say “Wait a minute, I’ll get back to you when I finish structuring my sentences”.
Another problem is they should have the option to jump on any want because I believe there are some users like me who already know the basic things and would like to proceed to the higher level. In my opinion, we should learn something new and not learning something that we already knew over and over again because if it’s the opposite then it’s a total waste of time. But again that is just my personal opinion. You might think differently.
“We make learning languages and so full of joy and life, you’ll laugh out loud.”
This is what you see when you go to their website. Even though there are more cons than pros, I enjoyed my time here at Memrise. I can assure you that you’ll definitely enjoy while learning like I did.
My conclusion is, it’s worth to give it a try. This is a good way to acquire lots of vocabulary. So, go ahead! Share your thought about this website below.