Memrise Review

Memrise Review

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.

Leaderboard Ranking

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 point 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.

Pros

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.

Variety Of Categories

Their wide ranges of categories worth trying if you feel like you want to take a break from learning. You’ll definitely gain extra knowledge from that.

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.

See Memrise Testimonials

Cons

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 a 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 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.

This Post Has 4 Comments

  1. Dominic

    Really interesting – I’ve used Duolingo before, so I’m always interested in seeing what else is out there. Based on what you’ve said about Memrise, and my own experiences with Duolingo, I suspect that Duolingo is the better of the two, but it’s nice to have an idea of the alternatives! Thanks for the review.

    1. Meina

      Indeed! Couldn’t agree with you more. Duolingo is by far my most favorite of all. Hopefully, by next week I’ll finish my review on Duolingo.

  2. Marc

    Hey Meina

    You have a great website here with loads of potential going forward. I can already see the value that you have to offer others wanting to learn a language.

    Memrise looks like a great way to learn. A lot of people are against the competition style learning and leader boards, but I personally agree with you 100%. A little bit of friendly competition will show much faster / improved results than just treading along at a relaxed paced with nothing to challenge you to do better.

    Keep up the great work!

    Cheers,
    Marc

    1. Meina

      Hi Marc.

      Thank you for your comment. Yes, that’s so true. Sometimes, somewhere in our life, not just when learning a new language, we need things to fire up our motivation and that’s inevitable. We need to have a purpose in whatever that we are doing. Moreover, learning something without challenge is kind of boring, don’t you agree? I learned more than just a language in Memrise. I acquired knowledge about some other thing at the same time. So, it’s good.

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