Flashcard App Showdown: Quizlet vs. Anki vs. Memrise

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8 Responses

  1. Mark says:

    I like flashcards on https://www.word-party.com/ It takes an idea of tracking status of words to a completely new level offering content recommendations based on your vocabulary. Previously were using Anki and were not happy with their poor sync features.

  2. Thomas says:

    Hi. I have been using ANKI and have to admit it´s a learning curve to adjust all the settings – though in terms of building my sets and practising, synchronisation between windows and android is no problem.

    I would add a mention in this list for ReadLang – it translates text inside your browser while you read, then adds words you translated to a flashcard list. pretty awesome! The free version can get you far as well. http://readlang.com/

    • David says:

      It is good to hear you have had success building sets. Anki is definitely flexible for creating a wide range of different sets, and I have enjoying working with sets other people have made. I still have not successfully made my own.

      Readlang sounds really cool. I will definitely check it out and add it to my list of resources.

  3. John says:

    Anki is the EVE Online of flashcard systems. It doesn’t really have a learning curve so much as a learning cliff. Why it’s called “friendly” is a complete mystery, because it’s anything *but.*

    However, once you’ve climbed over that cliff, it’s an incredibly flexible and customizable tool. Virtually everything you complained that it lacked is totally doable, and more, including importing from a spreadsheet. The reason it requires you to use the desktop interface for many functions is because it has so many options and so much customizability on the back end that it would be essentially unusable on a mobile platform.

    It’s definitely a system meant for people who enjoy tinkering.

  4. man says:

    The interface of Anki is not that hard to master and once you’ve done it, it becomes very easy and logical. I have given a shot to Memrise and Quizlet after reading this article and was really disappointed you rated them over anki. They’re nice tools, but not for ‘serious’ approach in learning something (not only languages btw).
    By the way, all you said is impossible to do with Anki is kind of quite easy to do

  5. June says:

    Where Anki excels is the flexibility of card creation – you can literally program you own custom cards – so I was surprised that you couldn’t make a deck. It’s actually extremely easy to do. (Your problem with the importing is that you did not save the text file correctly.) For ease of use, you can also import directly from Memrise, so you can have both Anki pre-made decks and Memrise pre-made decks.

    My biggest problem with Memrise is that it is simply awful for sentence creation. Like, next to useless. And sentences are the real meat of any language learning. I also do not care for the SRS, because it isn’t really SRS – Anki is the only one of these that has actual SRS.

    But, I really like Memrise for quick vocabulary, so I end up using Memrise for vocab words and Anki for sentences.

  6. Mark says:

    I have to agree with other comments here and to disagree with your anki rating. It is true, the interface is horrible and I would rate it 1/10 but once you understand the program and how you have to use it, anki easily excels the two other systems. You can create huge decks in less than 5 minutes, turn on TTS in the settings and you even have audio for every language. Without needing to import any audio files. With the use of JavaScript you can create any form of quiz style you’d like to have (of course this is not possible without any programming knowledge). You can style your cards esdily with css so that it is nice looking and only shows the information you want to see. Set synchronization to auto and you don’t need to worry about your decks on any platform anymore. The SRS rating of anki should be by far the highest since I found it pretty useless and horrible in Memrise which was the main reason I switched to Anki. And the best thing about ankibis the API which lets you create cards with just one click from many other apps like dictionaries (for example Takoboto Japanese, where you get translations, explanations, example sentences and more as an anki card with just one click).

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