Mandarin and Memrise SRS
Love duolingo. Been using it to learn Mandarin. I just felt one major thing was missing, and that is the SRS component. I feel that SRS is critical to learning a language, especially one like Chinese. I did the old memrise Chinese courses and liked them. They switched to a new one that is Beijing dialect and very far removed from the HSK standard, so I stopped. Both Duolingo and Memrise earned credit for my current vocab and grammar ability.
Anyway, now that Memrise has changed their course creation system to a simple SRS deck system, I've reset my Chinese course here on duolingo and I'm adding the new characters from each lesson. Later on I will add multimedia and audio, but I welcome you all to use it alongside Duolingo, and I welcome your input.
Something I will be adding to it is audio sentences without characters cues, because one additional difficulty in learning Chinese is as the phrases become more native, the speech increases, the tones seem to disappear, etc. It's an important skill to be able to listen and comprehend without the assistance of characters.
Edit: Link updated, full course vocabulary available. Still no audio. When using this, try to remember the subject you're working on. This uses the FULL CEDict dictionary (e.g. what you see in your Pleco apps).
Thank you so much! I totally agree that SRS is very important in language learning.
I don't know if you've used Memrise, but you have access to lots of information that Duolingo just doesn't give you. This isn't a competition. I like and use both. I just prefer Memrise for the upkeep of what I've learned on Duolingo. I log in and see that Memrise recognizes that certain "flowers are dead", and advises me to address them. If, during a skill, I get a word wrong, the flowers life is set back and the word is re-taught - but the lifespan of the "flower" becomes shorter. Being able to visualize the degradation of words or see which words I'm struggling with is important. I am a data driven person, and just clicking a button and hoping that the magic that spits out a new test works for my retention needs doesn't suit me well. I like to see everything. I like to see the vocab list and the degradation of memory on a character. Also, the button doesn't even show up on my iPad. Finally, the degradation of a learned word on Duolingo is insanely slow and is not a good fit for me.
Edit: I know not everyone is the same, but I also know that sharing the tools that I use to learn this very difficult language will help others on the path.