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Chinese Duolingo on Memrise

I think, in learning Chinese, that the biggest challenge for a westerner is (1) memorizing the symbols and how to draw them, (2) getting used to and leaning the sounds of Chinese.

I put together a Memrise course to deal with these challenges: https://www.memrise.com/course/1748281/duolingo-chinese/

With each new character, I have included a sound and an animated image that shows how to draw the symbol.

Let me know if this is useful to someone. I have not completed the course so I will be adding a new section as I progress. If anyone is further ahead and wants to contribute let me know below.

November 24, 2017



Great job with the flashcard-creations! Note that you can also do the same at Tinycards, which is the similar version of Memrise. :)


Yes, but I am used to Memrise in that regard. I have played with Tinycards and although are pretty and stylish I haven't figured out the simples things like adding audio etc. It's been awhile, maybe I should give it another look.


It's alright. As long as you are used to a certain learning style, that is certainly fine.


Thanks~ This is useful. It will probably help out bunches with the course.


I have been using this course quite a bit now and it is very helpful. Thanks for putting it together!


This is a wonderful post and I strongly hope you continue. This will help a lot of people.


Thanks for the resource. I will look into it :)


Very good! Thanks:)

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on level 27:

桌 - table 桌子 - table 椅 - chair 椅子 - chair

How can I tell the difference when asked to choose from multilple choice type question? Right now it's just pure guess :(


As far as I know the word 子 has many meanings and one of them is to indicate a thing. It is basically a noun suffix. I'm not qualified to say whether 桌 (table) or 椅 (chair) can be used on their own or whether they need a 子 to make them into thinks, but I know that 子 is a noun suffix.

I found this just now: http://ichinesematters.blogspot.com/2015/01/noun-suffix-zi.html. I hope it helps.


i just found this and expect it to make a difference. Today there is audio. Thanks for all your effort! Nice and clear and large. :)


Brilliant resource. I think using both makes the duolingo course more usable and beneficial! XieXie Nie


There is something not clear to me. At level 3 in Memrise: 呢 -> it. But 你呢 -> and yours?


I made this Memrise course when the Chinese Duolingo course was in beta. My knowledge of Chinese is still quite limited, but as far as I know 呢 can mean "it" and also be a question word "what". The question regarding "你呢" meaning "and yours?" belongs to a native speaker of Mandarin.

I put this course together in order to aid and speed up my learning on Duolingo, and while it did, I still feel Chinese needs to be taught differently, especially for western learners.

We need to master the Pinyin sounds, the basic strokes and the radicals, before even entering into learning all the characters. I tried to give some justice to this in the course, but it is incomplete. I'm planning to do separate courses on the radicals soon. Sorry for not being able to give you a clear answer.

I hope some native speaker can weigh in.


I want to thank you for this Memrise course that i find very usefull. My comment was intended only as a contribution to make it better.


No, thank you for bringing this to light. I hope this question will be resolved soon as well as all the other questions. I hope it didn't discourage you make use of the course :)


This is absolutely fantastic! Thank you for the hard work you put into this. I would love to be a contributor, but I lack the knowledge of how to add audio to the course, except for my own. I am not a native speaker by the way, but am very particular about pronunciation. Anyway, thank you!


I'm glad you liked the course. It is actually pretty easy to add audio to the Memrise course, but I think it requires you to be added as a contributor. Each word or sentence can also have multiple audios. Enjoy :)


Hi Andri, thanks so much for your Memrise course, which I have started as well. It gives a lot of very useful information. Ingots cannot express how grateful I am. The world is a better place because people like you share their efforts.


Thank you so much for your appreciation. I hope this course will be a great help for you :)


Thanks a lot, AndriLindbergs, this is great ! I am also a fan of Memrise, so I just started your course !! Now I have to figure out why I have it on the computer, but it doesn't appear on my mobile ... Well, I'll find out, eventually ;-)


Thanks for your appreciation. I'm glad you like it. I put a lot into this course.

I wonder why Memrise doesn't show you the course on you mobile if you have already joined it on your computer. I have it on my mobile and it works fine. Which type of mobile do you have? I'm using Android OS.

The only other explanation I can think of is because Memrise is currently separating the user-created courses from their own course. Memrise.com will have their own courses, while decks.memrise.com will have user-created courses.

This may possibly affect those who joined a user-created course recently, but I remember reading, on their site, a promise that it will not affect users at all, which means the course should show up on you mobile memrise app.

Let me know if there is any change.


Thank you very much, I've just found by myself your course on Memrise and started it! The stroke animation looks spellbinding. It's very difficult to stop watching it and move on, you have unbeatable desire to write this symbols immediately :). I still will continue with Duolingo (my level is 11 right now), but your course will be very useful for me. I just have to find out the best way to use Memrise. So far it's not too obvious. Any ideas what is the best way to use Memrise?




I'm glad you find it useful. I only intended it as a supplement to the Duolingo course.

The way I used it was to first do the Memrise course for each section, practice writing each character by hand, which makes it easier to stick to memory. Then I move to Duolingo and do the same section there.

I guess each person finds the way it works best for them, but I tend to use the study iteration that is the basis for the Crown system in Duolingo. Here is a good article that illustrates that: https://forum.duolingo.com/comment/30732615/My-Crown-Strategy-to-Success

Personally, I prefer a language immersion more than the Duolingo approach. Duolingo forces you to think in two languages, while an immersion is more oriented toward one language at a time. Duolingo is still useful, but limited in this way. But, that's just my experience :)


I just did the first lesson in this course, and I think it's going to be just what I'm looking for. This in tandem with Duolingo should build a good base. 谢谢, 谢谢!


Great, enjoy it :)


I just started learning Chinese last week and am happy to discover your course. Thank you!


I'm happy it is of use for you. Enjoy :)

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