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AFP 15 – Ben Whately: Memrise, memory and learning

(Last Updated On: April 27, 2020)

Today is a very exciting episode of the Actual Fluency Podcast. If you have listened to the podcast or even read my blog before, you will have noticed that I recommend Memrise A LOT. To me it's just the perfect learning environment for foreign language vocabulary (and more!). Today I'm very fortunate to be joined by the Chief Operating Officer of Memrise himself, Ben Whately, in order to provide some greater insights into just how Memrise works, the science behind it and what the future holds for the development.

I'm very grateful that Ben took the time to talk to me, as I know that he is incredibly busy. The interview is probably my favourite one yet on the AFP with a lot of different aspects of memory and learning being uncovered, which also shows just how committed Memrise and the team is to providing the best scientifically proven service.

The audio quality of this episode is slightly inferior to that of previous episodes, which sometimes we have to endure, if we are to listen to somebody like Ben, who just doesn't have the time available to find optimum recording conditions – hope you guys still manage to listen through as I really enjoyed doing the interview.

The Episode

Show Notes

In this episode you will hear about:

  • Ben's story about going to China and learning Chinese characters
  • How Memrise started
  • How Memrise works
  • The science behind Memrise
  • Practical tips of being a better “memriser”
  • Future developments for Memrise, including a premium membership! (yay!)

Resources mentioned in the Episode

Note: I've removed most of the resources from this section, as I always had Anki/Memrise etc. here every week. Now I will only put resources here that are very exclusive to the episode. For any other resource please go to the resource page here for more information.

Kris is the founder of Actual Fluency, and has spent the last 8 years becoming an expert in language learning software, methods, and techniques.

Originally from Denmark, he now lives in Portugal and speaks 5+ languages at varying levels. His other interests are Wine, Online Marketing, and Travelling.