Memrise: learn languages

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Dana Anderson, Common Sense Media
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Fun theme, lots of languages, pro version promotion.

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Educational Value

Kids can learn vocabulary in English, Arabic, Danish, Dutch, French, German, Indonesian, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Malay, Norwegian, Bokmal, Persian, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Simplified Chinese, Spanish, Swedish, Traditional Chinese, Turkish, Vietnamese, Welsh, Zulu, and more. Through choosing and working toward learning a language on this app, kids are practicing memorization and perseverance.

Ease of Play

Very easy to use. Leads you seamlessly from one group of words and exercises to the next. Clearly keeps track of progress. Sends reminder emails of words you've learned.

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Promotes the Pro version numerous times during play.

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Memrise: learn languages is a learning app that offers almost 20 languages. The storyline in the background is that users are "protecting the diversity of languages in the 'Multiverse' from the evil Uniformis Front." But that's just a hook to get to the real purpose of the app, which is vocabulary lessons that include multiple ways of learning, including video of words spoken by speakers in their own language. There's a limited free version and a Pro version for $8.99/month ($59.99/year). Read the app's privacy policy to find out about the types of information collected and shared.

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What's it about?

To begin using MEMRISE: LEARN LANGUAGES, choose a language and learn about the background storyline of "protecting the diversity of languages in the 'Multiverse' from the evil Uniformis Front." After listening to a few words, you'll see a multiple-choice screen on which you must choose the correct word in the language you're learning to match the English word. Tap on the audio symbol to hear the word again on any page. Continue this process through other screens that reinforce the words, including video questions. Once you learn a certain number of words, you'll see your progress page. Then you'll see the message "Next Up, Learn New Words." Tap on the right arrow to begin the new words in the same learning process as the first group. Set the alarm so it will remind you of your scheduled practice time daily.

Is it any good?

This app uses a repetitive training method to build vocabulary in a new language (or many new languages) in fun, easy ways. Memrise: learn languages uses audio and video of native language speakers to help users learn basic vocabulary. Some of the first words and phrases that users learn are "hello," "let's go," "bottom's up!," and "yes." Though the background narrative isn't central to the overall learning, it assists in tracking levels in a fun way and keeps a theme going. The Pro version may be useful for app users who have moved beyond the basic levels and are seriously committed to learning the chosen language(s).

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about what language your kid can use Memrise: learn languages to learn. Does your child need help with a language they're learning in school? What if they're interested in learning a completely different language from the one they're currently studying? This can be a fun, free way to test out some new languages to find out which one (or ones) your kid may find fascinating.

  • Talk about the value of consistent practice. The app has a reminder alarm that you can set for it to remind you when it's time for daily practice.

  • Talk about the promos for the Pro version with your kid. Are you willing to buy the Pro version if they practice daily for a certain amount of time? Discuss your family's guidelines about in-app purchases.

App details

For kids who love learning new languages

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