Duolingo vs Memrise for French

Duolingo vs Memrise for French

Duolingo vs Memrise for French

using multiple resources for learning French language is recommended. Among available resources, using mobile apps is one of the most popular. Here in this article we compare two popular apps, Memrise and duolingo, for learning French even though we recommend and encourage you to use both. Together, they cover a wider range of skills, vocabulary and exercises.


Duolingo offers a new way to learn a language. They believe learning languages with Duolingo's bite-sized lessons is fun and addictive. You earn points for correct answers, race against the clock, and level up. The language learning platform is available for the classroom as well. Thousands of teachers are already using it to enhance their lessons.
Source: Duolingo website


Memrise is a Language learning Platform with iOS and Android apps, as well as a website. Memrise specialises in combining memory techniques and entertaining content in order to make language learning truly recreational.
The platform has over 30 million registered users learning more than 150 language courses across 25 languages. The app is free to download and offers subscription packages to get full access to courses and extra features, like learning games and offline mode.
Source: Memrise Facebook page


Both Duolingo and Memrise are very good apps for language learning. They use gamification to make the experience of learning a language more fun. They remind you everyday to encourage the continuous progress and keep you interested.
With both apps you work on reading, writing, listening and speaking skills. Their approach is a little different when you compare them in detail but they still pay enough attention to all four skills. They start with easier words and structures, and level up as you go. Review exercises are always available on both platforms for reminding yourself with what you might have forgotten along the way.
Both apps are available on most popular platforms including Android and iOS. You are supported by an online community on both platforms.


The biggest difference between these two apps is the pricing. Duolingo uses ads to finance their costs while Memrise requires you to pay a small subscription fee for using it on your phone. Memrise is free if you use it on the web. Other than that there are not many differences between the two. What we mention here are just a couple of minor differences in functionalities.

  • Memrise uses an interactive conversation (chatbot) to teach grammar to students while examples and exercises convey grammatical messages in Duolingo.
  • Memrise repeats words you learn more often which is a good practice for some and annoying for some other language learners.
  • Measuring the progress in Duolingo is based on XPs you collect while Memrise is counting words you learn.

duolingo pros & cons

Duolingo pros

Dulingo’s user interface is more intuitive and fun to play with. They have adopted the gaming mindset with little rewards that keeps you going.

Duolingo cons

sometimes the phrases in Duolingo exercises don’t make much sense.

Memrise pros & cons

Memrise pros

One of many interesting features in Memrise is the fact that they use native speakers for listening exercises which helps language learners get familiar with different accents. You can also see a list of words you’ve learnt and practice them again.
Memrise gives you the literal translation for what you learn. There is also an option to add a hint for yourself in order to remember the words easier.

Memrise cons

Memrise comes with too many reminders for payed features which gets annoying sometimes.

Specific to French Language

Both apps are teaching French with the accent and vocabulary from France but Memrise has some extra content for learning Quebec expressions and phrases as well.
Since the grammar in French language gets a little complicated sometimes, explanations provided by Memrise chatbot could be helpful. Duolingo does not have any teaching module that explains the reason why we say things differently in a different situation.

Monday, July 9, 2018
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