Alt definitions are almost useless the way they're currently implemented

As someone who has created and completed a 2500+ word course, I humbly submit that alt definitions were a huge waste of time to enter. Why? You see them once when the word is being presented and never see them again if you always get the word correct.

Consider this word in Croatian:

na [na] prep

  1. on (surface etc.)
  2. to
  3. of sb/sth (think etc.)
  4. for (some time etc.)
  5. in (dessert, street etc.), at (place)

In my course I only frequently see and review one definition of this complex little word. In the course of studying, I’ve only really internalized one out of the 5 or 6 meanings of this word. As I created the course, I didn’t realize that I wouldn’t be seeing all these alt definitions every time I reviewed the word so now the only recourse is to go back and edit the course and add the definition as “on, to, of, for, in, at.”

So for now I’m going to have to spend a couple hours going back and editing the course and looking through almost every single word in 2788 words to see which ones have alts, then add those definitions into the main area. This could easily be cured with a kind of UI upgrade where you display the alt definitions under the words just like you do on the card that introduces the word.

It would also be nice to have an option to display other info about the word every time its being reviewed, such as a tag that says “perfective” or “imperfective.” Or some words like posao which look neuter but are masculine.

There’s all this info you’re allowed to enter but it only comes up when you make a mistake. I don’t know about other people but when I’m on a roll I don’t just sit there and study the card that comes up after a mistake and internalize all that extra info I put in there.

Thanks for hearing me out!

The only tip I have is to enter it thus:

Phrase A / Phrase B

Then put both as visible (or hidden) alternatives.

It then seems to accept either as the correct answer.

@MemriseSupport, is that correct?

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Yeah that’s good for alts when they’re in the target language, but if I’m studying “na” for example, then I want to know all its English definitions. If I place alts in the English section, then they’re effectively hidden unless you get the answer wrong. It’s just not an effective way to study the meaning of the words. If I always remember a word is one definition, then when will I ever learn that it’s also all these other things without putting their definitions inline like this: