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Type of site Privately held company
Registration Yes
Available in Mandarin Chinese, English, French, German, Spanish, and many more (the entire list can be seen here).
Launched September 2010

Memrise is an online learning tool with courses created by its community. Its courses are mainly used to teach languages, but are also used for other academic and nonacademic subjects. Memrise uses flashcards augmented with mnemonics—partly gathered through crowdsourcing—and the spacing effect to boost the speed and ease of learning.

Memrise was founded by Ed Cooke, a Grand Master of Memory, and Greg Detre, a Princeton neuroscientist specializing in the science of memory and forgetting.

Memrise launched in private beta after winning the Princeton Entrepreneurship Club 2009 TigerLaunch competition.[1]

In July 2010 Memrise was named as one of the winners of the London Mini-Seedcamp competition.[2] In November 2010 Memrise was named as one of the finalists for the 2010 TechCrunch Europas Start-up of the Year.[3] In March 2011, Memrise was selected as one of the Techstars Boston startups.[4]

In late September 2012 the leaderboard on the website was suspended due to "extensive cheating" on the website. The cheating users were found to have been using bots and other loopholes such as using celebrity photo memory courses, to score many more points than possible when using the learning system honestly. The website has a since put up a new leaderboard.

On October 1, 2012, 100 users were allowed to sign up to test a non beta version of the website called Memrise 1.0.

As of May 2013, a Memrise app has been available for download on both the App Store (iOS) and Google Play.[5]


In 2011, Memrise was reviewed by AOL's Daily Finance,[6] the MIT Technology Review,[7] MSNBC[8] and Gizmodo.[9]


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