Duolingo Vs Memrise: Which One Is The Better Option For You

Most of the Duolingo Vs Memrise reviews start from the fact that those two language learning options are similar to Coca-Cola and Pepsi. Well, I have to disagree with those thoughts because it’s like comparing apples to oranges.

Duolingo and Memrise are two of the most well-known language learning resources you can find online these days. They both have vocabulary practice in a wide range of languages. Both of them have nice graphics and motivations for being consistent. Also, both are available on mobile as well as the desktop version. And the similarity between Duolingo and Memrise ends here.

Let’s see what happens when we look at the whole Duolingo VS Memrise thing here.

Which one will work best for you? Like every other language learning resources, Duolingo and Memrise both have their moments of glory, but also have something that they just don’t do so well. So let’s dive into it: Duolingo VS Memrise.

Duolingo VS Memrise: Available Languages

You can use both Duolingo and Memrise to learn the following languages:

Duolingo also supports:

Memrise can also help you study:



Duolingo VS Memrise: How Duolingo Actually Works?

If you’re into language learning apps, you probably know that Duolingo is a free program that works on the principle of so-called “trees”. Trees are collections of mini-lessons, aligned from beginner vocabulary to intermediate-beginner concepts.

Duolingo says that its users can learn a language in just 5 minutes a day using their mobile app or desktop version. Even though Duolingo lessons are really about 5 minutes long, that’s obviously a ridiculous statement to advertise. So, you should go through each one of these little lessons until you get to the end of the tree. At that point, there are no more mini-lessons for you to learn. And that’s it.

Duolingo combines memorization and constructing sentences in their lessons. There are sentences that don’t make any sense and you’ll never actually use them. However, the idea is to use the vocabulary you’re learning in grammatically appropriate ways. So, don’t expect to learn things like “where is the bathroom” using Duolingo. In other words, you’ll learn how to piece the sentence together in a technically correct way.

If you’re not a beginner when starting your Duolingo tree, you can just take quizzes at “checkpoints”. You don’t have to waste your time learning words and phrases you already feel comfortable with and just go right to lessons that are actually worth your time. Each lesson in the tree is named with its content, so you very easy figure from where to begin.

Once you finish your tree, Duolingo uses an algorithm to tell you which lessons to review, so you do see these lessons consistently…until you don’t master them.

Duolingo VS Memrise: How Memrise Courses Look Like

Memrise courses are pretty heavy on the vocabulary side of things. So, if you stick to the lessons made by Memrise itself, you’ll learn vocab and a few key conversational phrases. In other words, simple rote memorization…just like its name says.

Memrise doesn’t have a strict system of memorization of the content and unlike Duolingo, doesn’t have a tree to finish. You can go through whatever lessons you want and whenever you want since they are organized from the ultimate beginner to intermediate-beginner. The titles of lessons are not really organized in a way that you can see at a glance what exactly you’ll be studying. It can take you some time to figure out where to start — in case you’re not an ultimate beginner.

Once you finish the Memrise courses, it will remind you to review the content you’ve learned. However, they don’t do at the same high level as Duolingo does — you’re forced to review the same content every day…I don’t think that is not the way your memory works. So, if you get one flashcard wrong you’ll get it repeated. And that’s it.

Duolingo App Review

Duolingo’s desktop and mobile versions work at an enviable level. This website is definitely built to go wherever its student goes. And Duolingo app is suitable and easy on your eyes. It seems that actually meant to be more of a mobile app, having in mind all push notifications reminding you to get your language learning in every day.

I personally love to go through the forums and figure out why I’m getting things wrong. So I prefer the desktop version. However, you can do all of that just as well using a mobile app. It’s actually pretty handy because you can open it for a few minutes, learn some new words on during your off break, and go straight back to your busy day.

Memrise App Review

In the near past Memrise was awful. Fortunately for all of the language learning lovers, the team stepped up and made their app much more user-friendly. Today, Memrise is nice and smooth and ready to compete with the Duolingo — having cute sounds, vibrations when you answer a question wrong, and seamless integration with what you’re doing on desktop.

But, the Memrise app still has one hiccup to fix: you can’t access your statistics. Feedback about my journey and growth is very important to me. So, I spend most of my time on a computer since I can’t see my statistics on the Memrise app.

When we are talking about consistency, the Memrise app doesn’t help its users with that. There are no push notifications, no number that tells you how many days in a row you’ve learned…and we all know how consistency and motivation are important in language learning.

Duolingo Vs Memrise: Final Thoughts

Duolingo Vs Memrise…which one is the better option for you? Well, the answer to that question definitely depends on what works for you. They’re both great, but they accomplish different goals. Duolingo is more of a general language learning site with a nice learning curve that everyone can enjoy, while Memrise is mostly vocabulary.

Duolingo has levels dedicated to grammar, and on the web version, you also have a grammar explanation for each level.

Memrise is very good if you want to memorize something irregular. For example, while studying German I couldn’t learn irregular verbs at the imperfect. So, I found a course about them (created by another user) and managed to learn them pretty quickly.

In my honest opinion, Duolingo Vs Memrise works best hand-in-hand. Both use different methods (gradual progression for Duolingo and spaced repetition for Memrise). Duolingo takes the win over Memrise for the content itself (Duolingo goes much deeper into my chosen language). On the other hand, Memrise has better sound recording while Duolingo’s is a kind of robotic-sounding and can sometimes bug out.

I wish you all best of luck in finding the right platform(s) for learning a new language!



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