After a Skype meet up on Thursday night I have discovered the joys of memrise. I’m keen to start creating courses. How does this work? Is anyone further along the track than me? I am trying to work out what is the difference between a course and a level. How much to try and tackle in a course or a level. The courses I have downloaded seem to have different boards within them. How does this work. I had an idea of building a course on the geiriadur lliwgar. I’m not sure whether it is possible to have a course called lessons from the geiriadur lliwgar and then create subsets like, the house, the garden, the park, etc. I can see how to enter words but can someone enlighten me as to the basic structure.
I’ve used it on and off for a while - as far as I know you can create a course and then set each level to whatever you like? (Haven’t actually tried it myself but just had a quick look!)
If you add all the first set of words (i.e. the house) and then click ‘add level’ you should be able to add in the next set of words to the new level (i.e. the garden). I’d try and keep the levels from being too long though, so if you have a lot of words think about splitting over two levels instead.
I’ve mostly used the pre-existing courses on Memrise so far. There is a lot of Welsh content, but dissapointingly little with audio – that would be really useful.
I’ve made a first pass at creating a small course for myself, and found that the manual here: http://www.memrise.com/course-creation/ pretty much tells you what you need to know. The site developers seem to have a pretty grandiose idea of how courses COULD be, with embedded multimedia and periodic extra content and all sorts of things, but I haven’t yet run into a course that uses any of that.
I gave it a go myself. Not finished yet though. It might actually take a good while before it’s finished
I have a couple of courses on Memrise teaching Welsh numbers (1 in Decimal format, the other in Vigesimal). The levels you can set within the course. All they are is groups of material which you “grow” (learn), so when you come to “water” (practise) them, you’re only doing them in small chunks. For the benefit of my courses, I group the numbers in 10s!
If anyone wishes to try out my courses, click on the links below:
Vigesimal number system: http://www.memrise.com/course/197895/welsh-numbers-traditional-rhifiau-cymraeg/
Decimal number system: http://www.memrise.com/course/215587/welsh-numbers-decimal-rhifiau-cymraeg-degol/
A course is something you create, in this case probably a mapping of english vs. welsh words and phrases. A level is a breakdown of a course into smaller units, something Memrise does for you if you so desire.
I have been using it for a while, mainly using the execllent course created by a fellow member, Waggysax, namely
“All around confidence: daily vocab”. I myself created a humungous course called Geiriau Harri Potter, based on work done by Bronwyn.
When you start a multi-level course, you start a the first level, but you have the option to jump to any level within the course at any time. Once you have completed a course, you will be reminded from time to time that certain items need reviewing, because you are about to forget them (at least that is what Memrise implies)
I have the waggysax course in my to do list. Maybe I will start there. I am also tempted by the Harri Potter as I am still slowly working my way through the novel. I’d be interested to hear how waggysax chose his words for each level etc. I may simply make smaller courses like in the garden, in the house, in the country, at the park, down the street etc. I am thinking of my Welsh class who are all using SSiW. We use the children’s picture dictionary for games and exercises quite often. I thought it might be fun to build some interactive vocab games based in the same book. My other idea is to use the categories in my lexicarry. Though some of them are rather big. I guess I will have to use the app for longer in order to understand its structure and how it works. I like the idea of using ten words per level. That seems to work. How do you get memrise to set the levels for you? When you were creating Harri Potter, Louis, did you group the words themeactically? Or just add them randomly?
I guess randomly, because alphabetically
I worked it out! My librarian’s mind needed to know the structure and how to assign categories. I have started a course based on the geiriadur lliwgar. I’ve made flash cards before and have always found the production of cards as important to my learning as the practices afterwards. This will focus on everyday nouns. But I hope to add adjectives as well. Then I will maybe use my lexicarry lists to add to my vocabulary of verbs. I’ll see how it goes. I’m sick at the moment so sitting around with no real energy and nothing to do. Once life amps up again my progress will no doubt be hindered.
memrise is pretty good but I found that it was annoyingly tiresome to enter the data into the cards. Also I found that it was disappointing that the android app does not allow adding new cards (The same problem that limits the use of quizlet too) I’ve found anki more flexible in making and sharing flash cards. Its spaced repetition seem good and there are apple. android, windows and linux versions which all offer full functionality an all sync from the web server. (http://ankisrs.net/)
I forgot, there are also chrome extensions which allow you to look up words you meet on the web and convert them (with their translation) into an anki catrd