vm_nm wrote:But I agree, there are a lot of misconceptions floating around. Memrise shouldn't call their sets/decks "courses" to begin with.
I totally agree with this. There's a language learning thread on a forum that I'm on and while people generally don't think that Memrise or Duolingo will teach them a language (in the all encompassing sense) I think the fact that memrise sets are called "courses" tends to make people think that they're taking a course (even though it's clear that they aren't). From what I've seen on the forum I mentioned as well as on Memrise's forums (which I occasionally pop my head into) a lot of people also just don't realize that they can create their own sets on Memrise which has primarily been how I've used it.
Right now I'm transitioning from using Memrise for SRS to Anki (I've been trying to figure out how make Anki work well for me for some time and I'm only now figuring it out) but I think there really is something to their first contact learning (the bit before you really start SRS'ing) that really works for me. I haven't figured out how to replicate that with Anki but I just remembered that I have Provoc installed so I'm going to see about drilling works on there and then doing them in Anki.