I came to Memrise because of learning with locals, and i find it very helpful, but the courses need more full sentences and phrases. Lately I’m tiring of courses that are almost entirely single vocabulary words. These courses need sentences and phrases.
While this is a legitimate query, I don’t think you have all too much of a chance that Memrise will change their content. The reason being that all their courses follow an almost identical pattern, IOW the courses’ contents is almost identical across all source-target languages I’ve seen.
What you can do though is to look for community created courses that do just that: teach phrases, idioms, figures of speech, etc.; for instance, here’s a search for courses that contain “phrases” (not filtered by target language):
If this is a deliberate change, it sucks and I want the old way back. Multiple choice is simply not demanding enough. It’s a lousy, lazy and ineffective way to learn to produce language.
I use multiple-choice for the six learning steps.
For classic reviews I turn them OFF and use 100% typing on the web portal on a computer/old Laptop with a hardware keyboard.
You can do the same with Chrome/Firefox browsers and the Tampermonkey / Violentmonkey addons/extensions:
You just need to use Cooljingle’s userscript on the web portal (full desktop mode):
I have just created a Spanish course with lots of full sentences (and more to follow in the next few weeks): ‘Advanced grammar practice - no typing’ by ernie66. (It works best if you don’t look at the answers until you have translated it yourself, and then compare it). Hope this helps you.
Hi @ernie66, it sounds very interesting and useful. Could you edit your post to include a link to your course?
Searching for courses on Memrise is a bit of a slow, painful experience
here’s the link: Advanced grammar practice - no typing - by ernie66 - Memrise
All comments welcome, thanks.
If you ever want to add audio to your course, a quick method would be to use this Chrome extension.
It would load computer-generated mp3 clips with a ‘Central Spain’ accent (if chosen) one Level at a time, with each level taking about 30 seconds to process.
If you decide to do this, let me know if you need any assistance.
Thanks for the tip. I will add audio to my other courses; however I feel that it wouldn’t work for this one. I think that if three random sentences were read out during the review sessions, people would be able to guess the correct translation, but not focus on the finer points (indicative vs subjunctive, ser vs estar etc). In my opinion audio testing only works for advanced learners if the difference in the options is small. But many thanks for your offer and welcome to the course, I’m glad you joined!
Please note this the working link to the Spanish in full sentences course: