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From December 31 2021, we’ll be retiring our classic learning sessions and homepage on the website and moving all remaining customers over to our redesigned and improved learning platform. This is the first step in continuing to improve the Memrise user experience on the website and building a flexible and intuitive language learning system that you can configure for your needs and we can iterate on quicker.
Below are answers to some of the questions you may have about these changes.
In this article:
- What will change for me?
- Sunsetting mems
- How can I save my mems?
- How can I leave my feedback about these changes?
What will change for me?
You’ll still be able to view your courses on https://app.memrise.com/ and keep learning them as usual, but in a nicer, more intuitive experience, which we’ve been improving since early 2020 with some of your feedback. We’ll keep making small changes to it in the following months.
As part of this process, unfortunately, we’ll also be removing access to mems.
It’s time to talk about mems
One of the core pillars of our learning approach is helping you to encode memories more richly so that you learn more effectively, which we’re employing on official courses in lots of other features, such as Learn with locals videos, Immerse and Communicate. By showing you the language in different contexts that you’re familiar with, you’re essentially “piggy-backing” on those already strong connections and memories that helps you to retain the new information for longer and to recall more easily.
Mems were created as one way to help you do that and we know that some of you have incorporated mems as part of your Memrise workflow.
We’re aware we promised that mems would be implemented in the new experience as well, however, following more recent research and data about usage, we found out that the majority of learners that have access to them do not use them. We know we haven’t gotten mems quite right and we believe they no longer fit in the Memrise experience that we’re creating, so we’ve made the difficult decision to retire them. Instead, we’ll focus our efforts on improving the existing features and continuing to learn from your experience and feedback to build something that will help you to keep learning effectively.
For these reasons, we’ll stop supporting the creation and browsing of mems (both your own and the community created ones) across all our platforms from December 31 2021. From this date, you will no longer be able to create new mems or view them during Learning Sessions. An app release that will be rolled out on Android in January 2022 will also remove the mems feature in the app.
We understand that for some of you this will be disappointing, particularly if you’re relying on this feature as part of your learning routine. For the next 6 months, the mems you’ve created will continue to be available via your profile page for you to view.
We’ll keep updating this article in the following weeks and months to confirm when mems will be retired completely.
How can I save my mems?
Until mid-June 2022, you will be able to view and save your mems. You have three options to save them:
A learner on our community forum created a script to bulk-download mems. You can find more information here.
Use the Memrise2Anki extension. More information here.
Save them manually (see below). For individual mems, you can also visit your Profile > Mems to save or copy them so they won’t be lost.
How to save picture-based memes:
- Go to your Mems page in your Profile
- Right-click on the mem you want to save
- Click 'Save image as…' and confirm
For mems with no picture, you can highlight the item, its translation/definition and the text in the mem and then paste these in a separate file like a spreadsheet or a text document.
How can I leave my feedback about these changes?
For any feedback, please leave a comment on this thread. Although this decision is final, please rest assured that we’ll monitor and review all feedback you share with us, which will help us map out the next steps for creating an experience that helps you to encode memories more effectively.