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I'm surprised nobody has listed this app yet. I use it mostly for learning Japanese but from time to time I also use it for brushing up on my Spanish. I guess you can say it is kind of like Duolingo except you get to choose which course you would like to learn. There are points and you can share your progress on social networks as well. You can register online first (recommended) and then sync up the app on your mobile device. My favorite thing about Memrise is that there is more to learn than just languages, you really just need to see it for yourself. Oh and the courses are written by other users so you get a chance to learn slang and other things. Seriously, go and check it out! www.memrise.com
Hi all, I'd like to introduce a new app called MemoLingo. It's an addictive game but whilst playing we hope you will also learn new words in a new language. (or test out a language you vaguely know). Please give it a go and provide some feedback. We are actively looking to improve based on the responses we are getting. We think our app is less boring that the other language apps out there and are on a mission to make the most fun and effective language learning app! There are 10 language to choose from Dutch, English, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Mandarin, Russian, Spanish and more will be added soon. Please help us out. You can find more information here: http://www.memolingoapp.com available for IPad, IPhone, iPod: https://itunes.apple.com/app/id1055010946 available on Android play store: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.trianglecarrot.memolingo actually free on Android Amazon app store: http://www.amazon.co.uk/Triangle-Carrot-Ltd-MemoLingo-Languages/dp/B018BTCHGQ/ref=sr_1_1?s=mobile-apps&ie=UTF8&qid=1449827244&sr=1-1&keywords=memolingo
Memory is a fascinating subject. When I think about it, a lot of my conversations with colleagues and friends touch upon in, and especially when it comes to learning languages. Think about the famous excuse - "My memory is no good, that's why I can't learn/progress in a language X". I am myself guilty of using (and abusing) it in daily situations. Oh, I forgot to buy tea - well, you know, my memory's kinda weak these days. What project did we work on two weeks ago? Hmm, really don't remember. I must be getting old. People often say "Oh, I wish I had a better memory! Excellent memory!" I've always thought that people who have "photographic" memory are really lucky to have such an amazing skill at hand. But I've changed my mind a bit after reading about Solomon Shereshevskii. I don't know if you heard about him - the man had a sort of perfect memory - he did not forget things. https://bgoodscience.wordpress.com/2011/02/25/neuroscience-cases-the-man-who-could-not-forget/ Well, it turned out remembering everything is not as great as it sounds. I guess the brain has the forgetting setting switched on by default because it is useful for us - and there are things we are much better off not remembering. What's your opinion? Do you think we are better off with a memory that keeps forgetting new words? Or should we try hard to improve our memory? And how do you judge if your (or someone else's memory) is "good" or "bad"? It seems that different people have different ideas about what it means to remember well.