Here is a new website (new to me anyway) that I have been playing with for a couple of weeks. It is called Memrise and it makes vocabulary memorising into a game. You are presented with a garden for each language and invited to plant 5 seedlings (words) that you then have to water (practice) at intervals until they are ready to harvest. The program suggests mnemonics that are sometimes helpful in remembering new words. If you forget to water your seedlings you get an email reminder that they are wilting (shades of Tamigotchi). You can plant new seedlings in groups of 5 whenever you want, it depends how much time you want to spend on it. Above is a screenshot showing some seedlings ready to water.
You sign up for free and select what language/s you want to study. I chose Spanish, French and Hungarian (don’t ask). Here is my dashboard showing my current status.
It is a type of spaced repetition drill but the graphics and the garden game make it fun and keep you coming back for more. Each time you water your plants you get points for correct answers and the total is added to your profile. It was encouraging for me to go from a ranking of 12,050 to 6,800 (in the world) in about half an hour.
The graphics are simple and quite engaging. When you click on a word you are supposed to hear it: this doesn’t always work. Sometimes the pages are slow to refresh. Apart from that no gripes, its free and it makes studying fun. Give it a try and tell me what you think of it …