StringerBell wrote:Yesterday I decided to give Memrise a try. I think it was prompted by seeing that Radioclare is using it everyday. I had originally used Duolingo a little bit when I was first starting Italian, but I abandoned it quickly because quizzing myself on random words and isolated sentences is painfully boring for me and I just don't retain any of it. However, I wanted to see what my experience would be using an app like that now that I am at an intermediate level with Polish. So, I chose Polish 4 (they called it Advanced Polish, I think). I was surprised at how many beginner words/vocab they were using (she is, I am, etc...) but every once in a while they threw in a word I didn't know, like: środowisko (environment) and eventually it was showing me full sentences. I find the parts where I have to spell words or click on the words to put a sentence in order to be the most useful. I really dislike the pressure to click on things in a short time; even if I can choose the correct answer instantly without really reading anything, I'd prefer to not try to "race" and feel allowed to take my time to read things aloud.
What I've noticed is that even when they show me a few new words here and there, I still don't retain them. It's fun, but I'm not convinced that it's a good use of my time. However, even if it's not efficient, I might just throw it into my routine to spice things up a bit, at least until I get bored of it. There are quite a few other Polish "courses" on Memrise that look really interesting, so I plan to check those out.
I have a few questions, but I'll ask them next time because my notebook is in the other room and I'm feeling a bit lazy at the moment.
Memrise has an Android and an iOS app.The normal and classic review mode of the app let you answer without the pressure of a time limit. The quick review mode does have a time limit and can be a bit stressful. The app has the activity of clicking on the words to put a sentence in order, but it doesn't seem to have the one in which you have to spell the words letter by letter. But it has one activity in which you order things syllable by syllable (well, this is for korean. I'm not sure how it works for other languages).
If you go to the new "Memrise's Decks" website you can create your own customized courses.
I've recently been experimenting with creating customized courses with dialogues from k-dramas (as I'm learning korean) and I'm loving it so far because each time I see a sentence/phrase I remember in which part of the drama they said so and it makes it a lot easier to remember their meaning. For now you can use the Memrise Android/iOS app to study the customized courses from Decks. When I'm short on time I study with the Android app. When I have more time I may study with the browser/PC version which is more challenging and takes longer to finish a session. (But I also use the Android app a lot when I want to study for a long time without getting stressed, because I actually get tired pretty fast with the browser/PC version).