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If it ain’t fun, it ain’t working.

By Memrise Team

Plus a peek at our new Japanese, Korean and Russian videos.

Strange lines. Funny shapes. Curious sounds. You’re fired up to learn a new language, but you don’t know what to make of these new letters that are nothing like you’ve ever seen or heard before. Gosh darn it, this is hard.

Making a connection with these new shapes and sounds is a crucial first step to really learning a language, but it’s not an easy one to take. Luckily, it’s our mission to make Memrise the world’s most entertaining learning app, so we’re here to make that first step a little easier (and a *lot* more fun) for you.

Shape of you


Getting to know the shapes of new letters and alphabets requires repetition, but seeing them over and over (and over) again can be sooooo yawn-inducing. Boredom is your worst enemy – we’re here to fight it.

Our app is filled with wonderful (and wonderfully strange) videos designed to make new languages unforgettable from your very first lesson. Take our Japanese course – we’ve gone the extra mile to bring these letters to life with new videos so you can get to know the strokes, the rhythm, and the personalities of each letter. Here’s how they look like:

Thinking out loud

Recognising letters is one thing, saying them out loud is another. We’re here to make these unfamiliar sounds meaningful and memorable to you from the get go. The new Japanese, Korean and Russian videos are all created with various big personalities, each person embodying the sounds in their own way.


Learning a language should be fun. It should be joyful, useful, and delightful. By creating the world’s most entertaining learning app, we hope you’re more motivated than ever to continue practicing and learning. You know what they say… practice makes perfect. We can’t wait for you to surprise yourself on just how good you can be!

If you haven’t yet, download our app and begin your language journey. It doesn’t cost anything to start, and we’d love to hear what you think of our new videos in our Japanese, Korean and Russian courses. Just tweet or tag @memrise on Instagram.

One last thing… we’re not sure how it happened, but Ed Sheeran song titles worked perfectly on the titles. Complete coincidence. What do I know.