I have found some errors in the official Memrise Mandarin/ Simplified Chinese courses. This is the first time I’ve used the forums, and I am kind of resenting how complicated it is to report a relatively simple error.
For example, today I see “jiē rì” meaning festival or holiday in the Mandarin Chinese 3 course. I thought the Pinyin didn’t match the pronounciation in the recordings. So I went to Google Translate, which translated the characters as “Jiérì”. So I thought maybe there’s some difference in pronunciation or Pinyin if the characters are read separately, so I checked this in Google Translate, and no it just seems that there is an error.
Also, it seems that whether to put a space between words written in Pinyin is a little bit arbitrary. Is this correct? If so, it would be good if you could mark as correct Pinyin which is written with any of the commonly accepted ways of putting spaces between words.
Also also, it seems that sometimes Memrise has Pinyin that reflects the way the word is pronounced in context rather than being consistent with the way the word is written on its own, and furthermore that Memrise is inconsistent with using this convention or not. I don’t know enough about Chinese language to know whether this is correct or not.
I also notice spelling errors in the English sometimes. This makes me concerned, because it makes me think there might be a lot of errors in the Chinese that I’m not able to notice.
This should really be your job not mine to find basic errors in your main courses. Failing that, it should be made easy to report errors while using the main program, not some labyrinthine user forum. I understand you are human and humans make mistakes. But I’m really concerned about learning the wrong thing and wasting my time/looking like an idiot. Memrise is pretty cheap. This might be an unpopular opinion, but I think you could charge a little more and hire some more staff to fix these things.
This whole post didn’t really need to be posted on a public forum. It just needed to be read by a staff member. There is no facility to communicate directly with a staff member, and I think that’s a problem.