General

What is Memrise?

Memrise is an online learning community where one can learn almost anything in the world, entirely for free! Through just the right mix of science, fun and community, learning on Memrise is speedy, enjoyable and lasts.

Is there a mobile App?

The spectacular miracle of modern science known as the Memrise Mobile App can be found on the Apple App Store, Google Play Store, and Amazon App Store.

Who uses Memrise?

All kinds of different people use Memrise! Many users have created courses to help with their studies during school and university. Others are adult learners who simply want to grow as human beings and learn something new.

Is Memrise in schools?

Memrise is a great supplement in the learning process both for teachers tracking the progress of their students and the students hoping to better retain what they learn. Many classrooms in the U.S and U.K already use Memrise, and this is expanding rapidly to other countries as well - with the Netherlands a surprising front-runner.

How many courses are on Memrise?

Memrise has over 6,000 courses that cover 200+ languages, vocabulary, history, geography, trivia and much more. You can browse all of our courses to find something you want to learn right now!

How do I create my own course?

You can create a course using the ‘Create a Course’ page, which is also linked from your Dashboard. You can also learn about the course creation tools here so you can then make the best course for learning.

What is the science behind Memrise? Why is it effective?

Memrise is based on several important scientific discoveries about how we learn. First, our system of mems (mnemonics and memory aids) promotes elaborate encoding- encouraging the learning brain to do more by engaging the imagination, and thus helping lay down stronger, more durable memories.

Secondly, Memrise makes use of Spaced Repetition, helping you review items at expertly spaced intervals to help you maintain them in memory in the most efficient manner possible. Reminders space out in time as your knowledge for an item gets deeper, meaning you don't forget, but don't waste time reviewing what you already know.

Third, Memrise systematically exploits the Testing Effect, which shows that by actively recalling a memory, you strengthen it. Because the degree of strengthening to a memory correlates with the difficulty of the test, Memrise automatically makes the tests more difficult over time, again helping you boost your learning in the best way possible.

You can find out more on the about page.

Why am I growing and watering my memories?

We use a light gardening metaphor to help you understand the ways your learning grows and withers in the brain depending on how you look after them. So, when you learn on Memrise, A “flower” must first be planted in the mind, and then you water (review) these memories that have been planted to ensure that they do not eventually wilt and disappear from your long-term memory.

Is Memrise free?

Memrise is a free service for all to use, for the time being.

What can I learn on Memrise?

Anything you want! With thousands of courses covering all kinds of subjects you'll never run out of things to learn. Some example courses include:

Languages
  • German
  • Spanish
  • Italian
  • English
  • French
  • Swedish
  • Icelandic
  • Japanese
  • Chinese
  • Swahili
  • Hindi
  • Arabic
  • Klingon

We cover over 200 languages, with a strong focus on vocab, and the number of supported languages is constantly growing.

Arts & Literature
  • History of modern art
  • Who wrote me?
  • Who composed me?
  • Who painted me?
  • Pop Art
  • AP English Literature
History & Geography
  • Country mapping
  • Capital cities
  • British and English monarchs
  • Flags of the world
  • U.S. State capitals
Standardized tests
  • SAT
  • ACT
  • GCSE
  • GRE
  • Driving tests
Trivia
  • Emoticons
  • Moustaches of the world
  • Harry Potter Spells
  • Pokemon
  • 2012 NFL Starting Quarterbacks

This is but a sampling of the myriad courses available on Memrise. With the Memrise community creating new courses everyday there's always something new, so join us and find what you're going to learn next!

How long does it take to complete a course?

This is entirely dependent on the size of the course, but you can see an approximate amount of time needed to completion in the browse page:

These times are not 100% accurate, however, and simply running through a course is not the most efficient route to learning.

How much time should I spend studying?

You're free to learn as much as you wish on Memrise. Our recommendation is to study for a little bit everyday rather than huge chunks in one go. Regular review is very helpful for learning, and Memrise is designed to help people who can spare a few minutes for learning quite regularly. Optimally, shoot for 15-30 minutes a day. If you're learning thousands of items, then that amount of time might need to increase towards an hour.

How can I type special characters?

We provide the special characters that you would have to type in each course so that you only need to click the button for the letter to type it into your answer.

Many keyboards have hot keys as well, which may be of use to learn in using Memrise.

If you simply type the corresponding letter without the special character, you will not be penalized.

What happens if I “overwater” a plant?

It drowns and you lose the memory forever. Just kidding! The watering technique is in place to encourage spaced repetition as a principle of your learning experience. Overwatering an item only means that you will have practiced this item more than what is necessary to commit it to your long-term memory, according to our estimations.

In which languages are the Memrise courses?

The primary first language of users of the site itself is English, but we also provide for native speakers of other languages, should they wish to learn from their own tongue. Are you an Arabic speaker learning English? A German speaker learning Spanish? There's courses for that! Just go to the browse page and scroll down to the area that says “I Speak” and then choose the language you want to learn with and browse the courses that are taught in that language!

It is worth stressing though that the majority of the courses have English as a base language.

Mems

What is a mem?

A mem is anything that helps you create a connection between a word and its meaning. Often colloquially called “educational memes”, a mem could really be a photo, GIF, mnemonic, video, cartoon, example sentence, etymology or even a witty remark. The only end goal of a mem is to enrich your learning by helping you commit something to long term memory in an enjoyable, vivid way.

Through mems, we're aiming to crowd-source the world's imagination to make the experience of learning an entertaining and explorative process. Use your imagination and upload some mems to help the world learn!

What makes a great mem?

Great mems should evoke an emotion and ideally create a clear link in the mind between the sound and meaning of a word. They can be funny, inspirational, lyrical, or based off what is already learned, but the important thing is that they help you and others remember.

How do I upload photos for mems?

When you go to add a mem, a pop up will appear with some automatically suggested pictures of the given item to be learnt. Naturally, you can adjust the search by typing something else into the search box, or skip to create a purely textual mnemonic.

If you would rather upload your own picture, click on the upload button, find the picture you would like to upload, type a caption for it to make the mem really pop, and let it fly for the rest of Memrise to enjoy!

How do I embed videos or Vines in my mems?

Simply preface the picture or video you wish to embed with embed:

What happens when I create a mem? Do I get any credit for creating great mems?

Once you create a mem other users will be able to see this mem when learning the same item. These users can give it a “thumbs up” if they like it. The most liked mems appear first, so come up with something great and help your fellow Memriser!

What do I do if I find an offensive mem?

We work very hard to keep Memrise a fresh, inoffensive place to learn. By hovering over a mem, you can then click on a flag button, which will alert us that there is a problem, which we'll handle.

Social

What is the title under my name?

The title under your name is your rank on Memrise. Your rank changes as you gain points and grow as a learner. The rankings are:

  • Membryo - 0
  • Member - 500
  • Memdicant - 2,000
  • Memorandom - 5,000
  • Memtor - 10,000
  • Mempee - 25,000
  • Memsahib - 50,000
  • Memgineer - 75,000
  • Memonimee - 100,000
  • Memblem - 150,000
  • Memmoth - 250,000
  • Memocrat - 500,000
  • Membrain - 1,000,000
  • Memonist - 2,500,000
  • Membassador - 5,000,000
  • Meminence - 10,000,000
  • Memperor - 50,000,000
  • Overlord - 100,000,000

We're still waiting for someone to reach the Overlord rank! Will you be the first?

How does the leaderboard work?

The leaderboard tracks your points for the week, month and all-time against the other Memrisers you follow. This way you can see which of your friends are really getting at it, and therefore hopefully surpass them with your superior ability in learning on Memrise! In addition to those you follow, you can see who the leaders for each course are by week, month, and all time as well. Think you can keep in the top 10 each week?

What are these points? How do I get them?

You win points on Memrise by correctly answering tests, by creating mems, and where other people use your mems.

How can I find my friends on Memrise and follow them?

Simply connect your Facebook profile in your profile settings to Memrise and you will see which of your friends are on Memrise. Follow your friends and compete for ranks!

If you are not connected by Facebook, yet know a friend's username, you can discover them by (and excuse the hack) going to www.memrise.com/user/theirusername.

Can I message other users?

At this moment you are unable to message other users, but it is something we are considering for the future!

Where can I find you online?

We have a few fun places where you can learn about our goings on and find entertaining new things. We are on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest. There is even a Memrise-devoted subreddit.

Technical

What is pinning? Why should I pin a course?

Pinning a course makes the course appear at the top of your dashboard for easy access. Pin the courses you use most so that you never have to wade through all the other courses that you have tried to find them. You are able to pin up to three courses.

How to pin a course?

To pin a course, go to your Learning page and move your mouse over the course thumbnail. A small Pin icon appears and after clicking on it you'll see that course pinned to your home page.

Once you've reached the default number of three pinned courses but still want to pin more, you can do so by increasing the limit on your Settings page and under the Learning tab. The maximum number of pinned courses is 10. After reaching that limit the only way to pin new courses is to unpin some old ones.

Pinning feature works on the website only, for now.

How do I provide feedback?

Please address feedback regarding the website to info@memrise.com, and regarding the mobile app to mobile@memrise.com. We always enjoy hearing from you.

How do I edit my profile?

You are able to edit all of your profile information in the profile settings page .

What should I do if I forget my password?

Fret not! We have you covered! All you need to do is click on the “I forgot my password!” link at the login page and then write your email address here .

How do I upload a profile photo?

You are able to upload a photo in the settings area of your profile. Upload one now and put a face to that username!

How do I delete my profile?

We have absolutely no idea why you would want to do such a thing, but if you really need to because Memrise is too fun/addictive then you are able to deactivate your account in your profile settings. Please do write to us and let us know how we can improve the experience.