I took screenshots from every single card related exercise in one lesson that I did. As you can see, only one or two of the exercises have any sort of real randomness. Most of the are identical (the Japanese and the English) except for the word in question.
As an update to my original post, this does appear to be happening with Katakana and Hiragana cards (such as トイレ above) and also I see that furigana is stored with the cards which is good and should make this an easy fix
I am far from an expert in Japanese, so I might be utterly wrong about this, but the way I see it, the ～ました fulfills the same kind of past tense function as the “-ed” suffix in both “surprised” and “dissapointed”. As I said, I might be completely wrong, in which case I apologise.
Thank you for your question:)
Both 「がっかりしました」and 「驚きました」 can be used for both current and past feelings, and as @www42www described, the ました here is focusing more on the fact that this feeling was brought about as a result of something else (that happened in the past at this point.)
In turn, 「がっかりします」 and 「驚きます」 acts more like a future tense or like “get disappointed” or “get surprised”.
But it’s a good point that it is not clear in the course when this feeling is happening. To talk specifically about how you are surprised NOW, you would say 「驚いています」. I will remember these for our future courses. Thank you for your question and feedback.
My Japanese 3 just decided to un-complete itself. It used to be fully completed, but now it says “639/640 learned.” However, when I check there are no ignored words, no un-learnt words, and when I try to go to “Learn new words,” it throws an error. This is similar to my Japanese 0, which as been stuck at 205/207 since I finished it.
In Japanese 3 for American English speakers, lesson 19, ききます has the kanji 聴きます. I see on jisho.org that that is an alternative form of 聞きます. My understanding is that the latter is more standard but I don’t know for sure. Maybe this is one of the cases where a semicolon and two kanji is appropriate. Please let me know which is commonly used. Thanks!
Edit: Actually I have the same question for 見ます vs 観ます (the latter is given, but the former has already been a vocab word in 見て so maybe that was intentional). That’s the same lesson as the first question.
I just got an update on Memrise and it seems like some of the issues I was having with the distractors algorithm may have been addressed. I’m not sure, because I’m definitely still having the issue with kanji in Speed Practice mode. It’s always the same 3 distractors. It makes the review nearly pointless. I can easily pass vocab that I don’t know very well, and it specifically affect Kanji which are the hardest to learn and distinguish. I’ll link my original post as a reference. EDIT: Here’s another example of pretty useless distractors:
If the prompt is a sentence, all the distractors should be as well.
Additionally, I have two requests regarding the input method for Japanese. It would be better if the provided characters for input were scrambled from instance to instance. As it is, you can pretty mush memorize the layout of the kanji on the provided keyboard and not remember the kanji themselves. This is especially important on compound kanji where you need to remember the order. Having more distractors in the keyboard would be nice as well. It would also be nice to be able to turn off the provided keyboard, so that I can force myself to learn to type in Japanese.
The most recent update made timed practice significantly less challenging. I would appreciate being able to choose my difficulty level. Some users might just want to play a moderately challenging game, but as a paying user, I would like to actually to learn to differentiate the kanji.