During one of my previous searches for quality Anki decks (see this blog article) I found on the Memrise website some excellent decks that could be exported into Anki.
Well, I should say there were some decks on Memrise, but since Sept 2017, an update to Memrise has removed the export function. Damn it stupid updates. 🙁
As I’m not a person to give up quickly, and as there was no other choice, I decided to give the Memrise app a try.
And to get straight to the point, after two weeks of using Memrise I’m very positive about it. The main plus point that I’ve had is that Memrise is making me use Japanese rather than just read it (recognise it).
I’ve found that using Anki is excellent to build up vocabulary quickly. But unless all your Anki decks are Cloze Delete type decks then you will mainly be training your recognition of Japanese not your ability to use it.
Just been able to do passive tasks like reading and understanding was ok while I was living in the UK and didn’t have to use Japanese much. But now I’m back in Japan, and I’m required to use Japanese much more, I need to turn my passive knowledge of Japanese into active language ability.
The Memrise courses I use are great for turning passive language ability into active language ability. As Memrise makes me type in my answers not just recognise them. That’s a key thing because the act of typing in answers has meant that grammar patterns and words I was having trouble with are now becoming easier to use and more active in my mind because I’m actively using them.
So I’ve noticed I’m speaking with more confidence and able to communicate better. In the end, that’s one of the main points of studying languages, so I’m really happy with the boost it’s given me.
I haven’t yet used all the features of Memrise just the typing in answers, matching answers and the speed tests features on the browser application and mobile app. These are all essential features included in the free account (more features available if you take a paid subscription).
So yeah, I’m recommending Memrise, it’s a pretty cool app for anyone looking for something to aid their language learning. Particularly for people who have a lot of passive language knowledge and want to turn it into active language ability.
P.S. I’m not being paid, sponsored or benefiting from affiliate links from writing this review. This is just my experience of using Memrise.