Wednesday, April 3, 2013


Haven't you always wanted a garden? To learn a language in that garden. I offer you Memrise. Memrise is a garden where you plant the seeds of foreign words and water them each day to help them grow.

On Memrise each word you learn in your new language is a seed. You plant the seed in your garden and harvest it to learn it. Then you water it or practice it until it grows into a beautiful, healthy flower. Once it is a flower you must keep watering it to stay alive. This is how the words stay in your long term memory.

Memrise is like a set of flashcards. You can choose a premade set or you can create your own set. Being able to create your own set of words is great because you can practice the exact words you want to learn.  Faith likes learning the names of instruments. Olive likes learning the names of animals. I like learning learning words about art and other languages.

Users make Mnemonics with pictures and funny sentences and share them with the community!

It's great to give back, isn't it? You can create mnemonics with funny words and pictures on them to help you learn the language. Maybe you are wondering what the word "mnemonic" means. I wondered that, too. You see it a lot on language learning sites, though. I looked it up in the dictionary. To put it simply it's a device that you helps you remember something. It's a learning tool! 

Enough about mnemonics. You will love Memrise because you will love planting seeds in the courses you like and the ones you got to create yourself. You will love it because it is free and you don't have to pay any money. You will love it because it has lots of funny mnemonics and is a lot more fun than flashcards.

So, go check it out. Have fun!

There were too many languages on Memrise to actually mention them all (Good job on that note, Memrise!) so I have listed the language groups that are offered on Memrise.

Languages: European, Chinese, Japanese, Indian, Asian and Pacific, Middle Eastern, Slavic, African, Native American, Classics, Constructed Languages, Sign Languages, Other

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