Marcus Davis
  • Male
  • Chongqing, China
  • China, mainland
 

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tom12ga commented on Marcus Davis's blog post Memrise - A language tracking tool?
"@ Mats & Marcus:Brandon was kind enough to push my question from Facebook.  While I realize that Memrise may still be a bit buggy, I find them to be responsive to the easy fixes and open to the ones that are somewhat developer…"
Mar 18, 2012
Marcus Davis commented on Marcus Davis's blog post Memrise - A language tracking tool?
"@brandon...i still use memrise...'though lately it has become more of a periodic measuring stick. I'd say I use it about four to five times  a week; depending upon how busy I am.  @Mats. you are so right about the bugs in the…"
Mar 18, 2012
Mats Fredholm commented on Marcus Davis's blog post Memrise - A language tracking tool?
"Howdy, I have used memrise since Dec last year when I started mandarin studies from scratch. Now I have started getting tired of the bugs and waiting times every time you want to 'water plants' etc, so I'm not sure if I will continue,…"
Mar 18, 2012
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Memrise - A language tracking tool?

The most frustrating part of learning Chinese (or any language) is that we really have few ways of telling how we am progressing. Test and quizzes are great, but I am in it for the long haul. I don't want to memorize just for test. Also, aside from the frequent "不错" from my Chinese friends, getting regular feedback on my progress was non existent. Sure my teachers are awesome, but…See More
Mar 16, 2012
Judith Meyer commented on Marcus Davis's blog post Memrise - A language tracking tool?
"I should add I'm in no way affiliated with Matthews or any other author of a book on Chinese."
Jan 11, 2012

Teacher
Shu commented on Marcus Davis's blog post Memrise - A language tracking tool?
"If you have troubles recognizing and remembering Chinese characters, you are welcome to check out memory aid and mnemonics to learn Chinese characters. http://www.chinesetolearn.com/?p=2472"
Jan 11, 2012

Teacher
Shu commented on Marcus Davis's blog post Memrise - A language tracking tool?
"The discussion is very interesting today:)  I told my students the key to remember the characters is to paint an image in their minds. For example, the character 秋 qiu1 (autumn) is made of two radicals 禾he2(crops)  and火 huo3 (fire). Think…"
Jan 9, 2012
Dennis Meade commented on Marcus Davis's blog post Memrise - A language tracking tool?
"A lot of people do not like the book and unfortunately their criticism is usually uninformed.  Judith makes a number of criticisms that are inaccurate.  Heisig did not write the book alone and it is NOT a copy of the Kanji book. Timothy…"
Jan 9, 2012
Ted Hannah commented on Marcus Davis's blog post Memrise - A language tracking tool?
"I started using Memrise sometime last Fall.  I had tried the "brute force" method of learning Mandarin characters (aka flash cards - both digital and index cards) as well as buying various paper/book study aids using mnemonics.…"
Jan 9, 2012
Marcus Davis commented on Marcus Davis's blog post Memrise - A language tracking tool?
"Judith...i downloaded anki, but I am still working through it  So far I like it, though it seems its going to take some getting used to... Dennis...by clunky I mean it is awkward for me to use desktop for writing characters. Though I imagine a…"
Jan 9, 2012
Judith Meyer commented on Marcus Davis's blog post Memrise - A language tracking tool?
"I dislike "Remembering the Hanzi" in comparison to other books that teach the same, because a lot of infrequent characters are introduced unnecessarily early. In comparison, "Learning the Chinese Characters" is much more…"
Jan 9, 2012
Dennis Meade commented on Marcus Davis's blog post Memrise - A language tracking tool?
"Skritter clunky? I'm curious how it's clunky. I'm not looking to argue its merits. I just started to use Remembering Traditional Hanzi Book 1 - How Not to Forget the Meaning and Writing of Chinese Characters". A lot of people…"
Jan 9, 2012
Judith Meyer commented on Marcus Davis's blog post Memrise - A language tracking tool?
"Try Anki, it's free, portable and much better than Memrise."
Jan 8, 2012

Teacher
Shu commented on Marcus Davis's blog post Memrise - A language tracking tool?
"Marcus, that is good:) Many years ago when I came to the states, I sometimes called the pubic library reference desk to practice my English or asked them some phrases or some slang that I did not know about. Whenever you want to express something,…"
Jan 8, 2012
Marcus Davis commented on Marcus Davis's blog post Memrise - A language tracking tool?
"Hey Sara...I checked out skritter...a bit clunky for me, but I am certainly curious about the iOS version. Shu... Thanks!! 我试试!! Ben is very diligent and good at getting back to people. I really want to spend more time speaking chinese, so I…"
Jan 7, 2012

Teacher
Shu commented on Marcus Davis's blog post Memrise - A language tracking tool?
"Marcus, Your resolution seems attainable and you are studying pretty hard!!!! I went on memrise a few times, Ben of Memrise was suggesting me to create a course there. They are doing some design now and try to embed video to the learning. So,…"
Jan 6, 2012

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How good is your Chinese?
mǎ ma hū hu
Do you have a Website/Blog/Twitter/Weibo URL?
http://Chongqing University of Technology
Short Bio - what's your story? What languages do you speak & why Chinese?
landed in china a last year...teaching english and learning chinese a great deal...decided this year is the year i will be relatively fluent in mandarin...

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Memrise - A language tracking tool?

Posted on January 4, 2012 at 10:00am 19 Comments

The most frustrating part of learning Chinese (or any language) is that we really have few ways of telling how we am progressing. Test and quizzes are great, but I am in it for the long haul. I don't want to memorize just for test. Also, aside from the frequent "不错" from my Chinese friends, getting regular feedback on my progress was non existent. Sure my teachers are…

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