Is it possible to learn a new language in 48 hours?

by on 13 November 2014

If you are a sane, right-thinking human, your response is probably a very resounding, “No!”. So let me adjust the question a touch: “is it possible to learn 120 words in 48 hours?”

You might accept that that is rather less absurd. Even a touch unambitious, perhaps.

“Is it possible...


Why do languages die?

by on 11 November 2014

You may have heard of endangered languages. They are cute, fluffy and eat bamboo. Every year people donate millions to charities that try to keep them alive, but nonetheless their numbers are still decreasing at an alarming rate.

There are a number of different factors that put these adorable creatures...


Announcing the launch of the Memrise Prize

by on 7 November 2014

The Memrise Prize

We’re delighted to announce that we’re launching The Memrise Prize, a new applied learning-science competition, in collaboration with Prof David Shanks and Dr. Rosalind Potts of UCL psychology department.

Memrise Prize

The $10k prize will be awarded to the best learning system that helps normal adults memorise...


Am I fluent yet?

by on 3 November 2014

We all learn languages in different ways. We learn them at different times in our lives. And crucially, we all learn them for different reasons. However, all language learners are united by one common goal; something everybody knows awaits them as a reward when they put in that hard work...


The top 10 most multilingual cities in the world - Pt. 2

by on 20 October 2014

5. Oranjestad, Aruba

Tucked away just off the coast of Venezuela, this little island of only 100,000 people is also home to four different languages. As the name of the country’s capital would suggest, Dutch is heavily represented here as Aruba is still a part of the Kingdom...