Huehuehue… I wanted to do this for a long time now. Back during the beginning of the year, I talked to my friend about a free language learning service that was linked to our library cards… Well, let’s just say we had issues setting that up, so we never got to the learning part. Plus we didn’t set up the phone version. QAQ
Then fast forward to yesterday… I found a YouTube video that talked about an app called Memrise. This… is what I was looking for! WOOT! There are plenty of other language learning apps out there. I’ve even seen Nintendo DS versions of this idea. I guess I was just too lazy to try those or they never peaked my interest.
I tried Memrise because it seemed to have worked for that YouTuber. Honestly, I just wanted to use something like this during my free time or when I was commuting. It sounded like a fun app.
The app itself was pretty decent. We get to immediately learn the common greetings right off the bat. Do know that they don’t really teach like traditional schools do. They immediately introduced a word to me without a deep explanation to the words or alphabet. I especially noticed this when I used the Chinese course in the app. They expected us to memorize pingying without teaching us pingying. For visual recognition, it’s fine. However, knowing how pingying works might speed up the learning of new words. I think they skipped all those basics and jumped into word recognition because the basics could be boring. This is a learning app, but it is also like a game. I think they did this to keep their audience’s attention from straying. I suspected this because when I tried the Korean course, they introduced common words in lesson 1. Then, they started teaching alphabet in lesson 2. Well, as long as I learn something from the app, I think it is pretty decent.
I notice they had some listening exercises, but they required pro membership. The free version definitely should be enough to learn a bit of the basics. The pro seem to tackle specific areas and possibly help learn faster.
I used both the free and pro version. I find that the free version is good enough to help me memorize the characters. They do have listening exercises embedded in the free version. I think the free version gives a preview of different types of exercises.
However, I upgraded to pro because of 2 reasons. First of all, I wanted to improve on my listening skills. I am having a very hard time recognizing words by listening. By using pro, it unlocks this exercise that focuses specifically on listening. Secondly, there was a Halloween discount that was going to expire in approximately 2 days. The price went down by half price for the yearly subscription. Yup, I got tempted. :’D The pro unlocked other features as well, but I was mostly unlocking it for the listening exercise.
Just a FYI, the free version do have enough listening exercises that you don’t really need to get pro for the exclusive listening exercises. I just wanted to have access to the full app and hopefully I can learn faster this way.
In the app… I opened up 3 courses: Korean, Japanese, and Mandarin Chinese.
Korean: I know nothing about Korean. I downloaded the app because I wanted to learn Korean. Recently, I’ve been exposed to so many Korean words that I’m starting to get curious on what the words mean.
Ya, totally not because of Mystic Messenger… NOPE… TOTALLY NOT… (Let’s see how many life changing experiences this Mystic Messenger obsession is causing. Quite a few already, actually.) And ya, totally not because I want to read untranslated manhwa of Mystic Messenger. Or know what Elsword characters are saying. YUP, TOTALLY NOT!
Japanese: I know some of the words already. I’ve been desperate before. I’ve learned Japanese off manga and bought books on learning the hiragana. I was actually quite lazy, so I never got pass the first few hiragana. Reading manga… AND READING MANGAKA BLOGS… (YES… BLOGS….) really helped me learn Japanese because some of the words stuck to my mind after seeing it so often. Anime definitely helped, too. I’ve watched so many anime that I sometimes forgot that I was listening to Japanese because I actually understood without reading subtitles for certain easy lines.
Chinese: I took Chinese courses, so I know many Chinese words. I’m using this app to review the words, so that I don’t forget what I learned. Guess what I used this language for…? 😀 … I watched anime in Mandarin when English translation was not available. I read manga in Chinese when English translation was not available. I watched Taiwanese drama and variety shows in Mandarin… YUP! 😀
As you can see, I must learn languages to help feed my hobby. Huehuehue. :’D Hey, to be fair, this was a suggested way to learn language. As long as we are interested in the topic, we will be able to learn it!
Now let the confusion begin. +_+ b (I bet I will get them all mixed up and I don’t care. I just wanna know what people are saying. DX)
If I’m so obsessed with 707 from Mystic Messenger, then I should learn Arabic, too. Too bad, I’m not that obsessed yet!