I have some general comments for the new courses in Memrise (ref. screenshot below, old course is in faded color).
There were more people in “meet the locals” in the old version, compared to the new one, which made it more fun to learn
The old version had shorter course levels, which made them perfect for motivation. 60-70 words per course level is simply too much, because it doesn’t match the time you would sit down and do it (like during a commute).
There’s less logic in the way words are grouped which makes them harder to remember. This is something I’ve experienced when I compare french 1-7 and russian 1-3. The setenes are longer, and less useful in the beginners levels (they are simply too hard).
The only thing I like about the new courses are: More words, more informal versions of the words.