Learning words: fewer repetitions for official Memrise courses?

I’ve noticed that learning algorithm for the first session, when you are learning new words, in the official courses has been changed - from six repetition rounds to three.

Are you guys OK with it? Is it enough for you to remember a new word? Seems like insufficient to me.


I’m pretty torn. For Spanish, which is rather easy for me, I like it to not have to go through 6 reps. For Russian it’s the other way around - I’d rather go through 10 or so reps before a word is flagged as learned.

One thing I certainly do not like is the fact that, very often, you don’t even have to spell out a word or phrase. However, IMHO that’s the single most important test.

FWIW, I don’t see this as a bug. It also has been like that for several months and only concerns the official Memrise courses.


Could you split discussion to another thread, if it’s worth it?

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Done (duh, why do I have to enter at least 10 characters!?).


@lurkmoophy, @JBorrego, @MemriseSupport: can you share some insight as to why you opted to move away from 6 repetitions when learning a new word/phrase?

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(apologies if this is the wrong place to be putting this, I’d be happy to edit/delete anything that doesn’t belong here.)

Perhaps some sort of toggle to make it so that you can move freely between, say 3 and 9 reps or something, (no idea what good numbers of reps for different settings would be) similar to how you can change how many new words to learn in a session, that way it could be changed depending on what course someone intends to get into next could be helpful ?

(attatched is a picture of the currently implemented setting in reference)

Best of luck learning / Bonne chance apprentissage :smile:



I am learning Polish and for me there are to few repetitions of new words and there should be much more typing. In the very beginning of the language it is nice to have less typing , so that you can get used to the language, but later on typing is one of the best tools for learning the vocabulary.


Hey people!

I have the opposite, I am learning German and because my grasp of the language is fine, I really just want to expand my vocabulary. Which is really easy if you know Dutch and Swedish.

In my case, I don’t want to type at all. I see a word and I will know it. So I really just want to move through this German vocab course like a bullet train, but all the typing is slowing me down and it’s so annoying haha. I would just like to use the speed reviews, but before words appear in the speed review they have to be “learned” first, so I really have no other choice.

(This forced pace of learning is something that’s even more the case on Duolingo, which is why I don’t use it.)

It would be nice if you could customize the different learning methods in the same way that you can choose to have the tapping tests on/off.

(It would also be a nice function if you could check words that you already know, in the same way that you can ignore them. I imagine doing that for the entire “1000 words of elementary German” course and then just speed reviewing through the whole thing in half an hour. But I imagine that function would be of a lower priority to make haha.)

Just as an example of how much it slows me down in terms of actions that I need to take:

If I have a speed review or normal multiple choice test and the answer is the third choice I type


When I have to write a word down it’s like

“d” “e” “r” " " “F” “e” “i” “e” “r” “a” “b” “e” “n” “d”

In other words, when counted in terms of actions I have to take to get past the word, being forced to write this down will slow me down 14 times. There goes my ticket to the bullet train!

Look for the auto-learn script here on the forum. Don’t have my link list right now, LMK if you can’t find it, I’d look for it tomorrow then.

Wow I guessed I should have checked back in on the forums a bit sooner! Thanks for that tip! I found it here:

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