The basic Russian course contained 16 lessons covering the Russian Cyrillic alphabet, verbs and theme vocabulary. The app introduces each new letter, word or expression with an image (some of which are quite funny) and a native speaker pronounces it. The learner then has to recognize and select the new term from a group of possible answers.
- Motivation – I found Memrise motivating to use and I felt that I was learning and noticing new words and grammatical structures. The mnemonics were often amusing which helped with keeping my interest and focus.
- Time utilization – Memrise is a great way to spend a few minutes playing on your phone when you are bored or have to wait around for a friend. I am believer that everybody has enough time to learn a language; some just don’t utilize their free time effectively.
- Mnemonics – I found a lot of the images attention grabbing and vivid – exactly what is needed to aid the memory (although personalized images work even better).
- Intuitive – I was surprised how logical the progression was with the course. The content was accumulative and I found myself picking up grammar structures directly from the course’s material implicitly
- Low amount of vocabulary – the course is ultimately not that long so the amount of vocabulary is limited but on the other hand, it is repeated so I felt that I retained most of the new information.
- Inadequate cultural information – There isn’t much of it in the Russian course.
- Voice recognition – not provided so no analysis of your pronunciation.
So would I recommend using Memrise?