Memrise, stop "improving" Android app. You're bad at it

You can still turn off automatic detection. Look into settings on your profile page (gear-wheel in the right top corner).

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Also, I have to report that you need to make an additional swipe to see mems and one more swipe to get back to the initial screen containing word/phrase. I didn’t say about it the first place, because I haven’t seen it at that moment. Again, it does not look like a good thing.

Somewhere deep down there’s a mem on this screenshot.

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FWIW, I suppose the reason behind the change was that what’s now being covered by the speaker image is a native video when available for an item. I only came across this once while working on “difficult words”. This is the one and only place where the change makes very much sense. Sadly it doesn’t in all other places, so I rather perceive this as being a bug.

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Totally agree, removing the possibility to check what a mistake consisted of is an incredibly dumb move on the part of memrise

After another session I do think the idea (!) behind this is a general improvement. If there’s a “native” video you can see both the video and swipe left/right to get the (regular) audio file.
FWIW, it seems to not depend on the screen size. I use a tablet (8-10", unsure) with Memrise and Duo, the appearance there is pretty much exactly like the screenshot further up.
And there’s another (minor) problem: the author of a mem seems to be formatted wrongly. Obviously, the HTML-tag isn’t closed properly. So much for thoroughness …

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A couple of problems I’ve encountered:
In an audio course (https://www.memrise.com/course/311587/246-french-conversation-and-composition/) it works when watering, but when reviewing new phrases instead of playing the phrase, it just shows memrise.android.memrisecompanion.core.models.learnable.AudioUrl@ so there’s no way to hear what you’re going to be tested on.

Also, on courses with longer phrases that help teach word order, the words end up underneath the words I have already added to the phrase, making it impossible to see the remaining words and difficult to touch on the tiny bit that is visible without removing previous words.

The update might be annoying for language courses, but courses with pictures are now impossible to learn

Why use picures if you can now see the link? This occurs in all picture courses so far. How nice that i’ve to take my computer to learn this courses or to use difficult words. Best update so far!

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@MemriseMatty, @Joshua

There seems to be more problems that needs to be solved with the latest update. See above comments.

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I noticed the same thing last night on an American Sign Language course. And as I mentioned above, a French listening course has a similar problem.

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There’s also a bug in the Japanese language course where instead of giving the translation of a kanji it just shows the kanji:

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The same problem with the Chinese courses.

Does anyone from Memrise team want to comment on this update?

The use of blue non-relevant space is also in the iOS app. I don’t know why this was introduced… We should get more space for words, letters, answers and the keyboard insead.

What is most annoying for me is that before the update if I couldn’t remember a word, and tapped “skip” without typing anything, it counted as a “wrong answer”. Then, the app showed me the correct answer, and re-shuffled the word to my current lesson. Now if I tap “skip” it SKIPS the word ENTIERLY. NO correct answer is shown. It does NOT re-add the word to your learning session. It’s like: Oh, you don’t rememeber this word? Well, I guess you can skip learning it. Geez, I press “skip” because I don’t remember a word, and NOT because I want to skip learning it… If I want to skip learning something, I just use the “ignore” function.
But the other updates already mentioned here are annoying as well. On the “correct answer” screen I used to be able to see the word, the meaning, the audio button and the mem on one screen. I saw everything at one glance, which was incredibly helpful for learning. Now? All I see is a big blue box, and I need to scroll just to see te furigana for japanese…
And I’m also suffering from the “words added to a long expression overlap the words still waiting to be used” bug, making some courses rather hard if not downright impossible to do :frowning:

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I can confirm that problem, @MadyNora. I’ve added that to the bug list here (#14).

Thanks! Just one small thing: with your wording in the bug section, it sounds like if the “skip” button was missing. It’s not missing, it’s just that you indeed need to type at least a letter to make the button useful, and show you the correct answer. Tapping “skip” without typing anything kicks the word out from your lesson. But from my experience people “skip” words because they don’t remember them, and not becase they don’t want to learn them during that lesson. It also doesn’t help that the word immediately gets re-shuffled into your next lesson, and of course you won’t know it again, because the app never showed you the correct answer :frowning:

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I actually don’t know how the button looks (res. what text it contains) in the English version of Memrise as mine runs in German. Here, the button reads WEITER (continue), but it’s disabled and greyed out initially. The caption doesn’t change after the first character has been typed in, instead the button simply gets enabled. I’m pretty certain that the button read ÜBERSPRINGEN (skip) in the previous version and changed to the caption that is now always being shown.

FWIW, I’m sure the Memrise developers should be able to understand the problem from what I wrote. :wink:
I’ve also provided a link to your posting here.

It reads “skip” in English, and if my memory serves right, it always did so. And it’s indeed grey before typing a letter, but it’s not disabled: it’s working, and serves the function of kicking the current word out from your lesson. Now I always have to remember to type a random character if I can’t remember the word I’m trying to learn before continuing.

I hope they understand too :slight_smile: I don’t want to “sikp” stuff I do want to learn, just can’t remember for the moment :slight_smile:

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Gee, so much for being a software developer myself: the disabled appearance was good enough for me to never even try tapping the button! :rofl:
And cheers for explaining, now I understand what you meant and I’ve edited my bug-list accordingly. And I do recall that it happened to me at least once recently. I’ve just tried it out and it happened again. There was an Android update a few hours ago, so it might actually have been introduced in this version (nowadays every update seems to bring up new problems while fixing none which is quite a dilemma).

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Another trouble with this new button: occasionally I’m tapping “continue”, when actually I want to press “space”. Apparently the problem is the size of the screen where both buttons look very much alike and located in the same place.

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They have implemented a greyish font for new words in this update. In my non-developer opinion it’s just another disaster: straining your eyes is not a good idea. But I don’t know, maybe I’m really missing something.

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