Fluent in Korean, using only Memrise?

I was wondering if it is possible to become fluent in Korean using only Memrise? Is there anyone who has taken any of the official Memrise Korean courses and become fluent?

I must say, I’ve tried lots of different language learning apps, and Memrise is by far the best one out there. I’m really enjoying the new UI and videos from ‘the locals’ it really helps with my listening skills to be able to hear the same words spoken by different people of all ages. I think I’ve learnt more Korean using the App in a few days than I have with studying from books. I’m currently using some TTMIK material as a supplement, but I’m considering just solely using the app to achieve my goal of being able to speak, understand and hold a conversation in Korean. I know it’s been stated that you are likely to retain things more if you write them down, but I feel that the less I write down the better as it forces my brain to memorise more things and I think the app is really improving my overall memory.

I’m also liking these grammar sections which give you insight into the structure of sentences and other useful information you may need. I think Memrise has everything you need so will solely be using this for the next few months. Would be interested to know your thoughts and if you’re also only using Memrise to learn your language.


While I agree that Memrise is one of the best (with supplemented materials), it really depends on your definition of fluency. Native speakers in the real world are going to talk much faster, and use a lot more words and grammar that the Memrise courses haven’t touched (yet). It’s easy to listen for the stuff you already know, or the stuff you’re expecting to hear, but it’s much harder to gain fluency if you aren’t having actual conversations with people. I’d use the language exchange app HelloTalk to supplement Memrise! You can practice talking with real people and kind of judge how “fluent” you are.

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I got up to like 5million points back in 2013-2014 and never was able to have a conversation in Korean. On paper I probably knew 1500 different words (yet I deleted all my old courses so I could start over so I forgot exactly how many).

One thing about Memrise is it makes it easy to get the answer right. Multiple choice and context of the answers vs the context of what you’re currently learning can let you get the correct answer just by guessing.

I was in Korea for about 6 months and was not afraid of going anywhere (it’s a friendly country imo). It was very hard for me to practice korean there as I felt pretty nervous but I would do my best to use it when ordering food lol. It’s one thing to read something and a whole other level to hear it.

I had Rosetta Stone as well (levels 1-3) which I believe I completed at least the first two levels. And I would rather pay for Memrise sub than that. Not that it was bad, just I like Memrise more for the buck.

I have come back recently to study Korean for fun. Apart of it is unfinished business in the time I invested to learn a language. And it is as if to say I can not learn a language until I finish this. However this time a lot has changed in my life (more exercise, no more depression, no pressure to learn, Memrise made courses [aka better audio], i’m relaxed on if I’m making progress or not, better diet, and much less stress). All that to say I think this time in my life I have a better version of myself which I think can actually learn better than the me of a decade ago. The reason I am trying to learn things is to keep my mind sharp and healthy. Use it or lose it.

Good luck on your studying. 파이팅

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I’ve been studying Korean for 8 years. I use Talk to Me In Korean and How To Study Korean for my grammar. I use Duolingo for additional practice and the How To Study Korean’s Memrise to practice the vocabulary words. I only recently started trying Memrise’s Korean program and thought how challenging it must be for a beginner. I dislike how they emphasize the romanization of the Korean language. It’s better to learn the Korean alphabet and not rely on English letters. Finally, I found language partners using Conversation Exchage, but there are many options out there. Finding a native speaker is invaluable.

If you’ve been learning Korean for such a long time, I think a user-generated course may suit you more than the official program.

I’ve been using the one from How To Study Korean for several years purely for vocabulary, but thought I would try the Official Memrise one just to see what it was like. I think Memrise is helpful for learning vocabulary, but if this was a person’s only educational source (as the original question asked), I think people studying Korean would find it quite challenging.

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What romanization are you talking about? I don’t think I have seen any.

Memrise is great, but only to pad your vocabulary. Do Korean typing tests and time yourself reading a Korean children’s book or short story. Then do the Netflix translation learning, as you should be able to read quicker by that point.