https://www.duolingo.com/Zass30

Japanese now at 70%

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I've been spam checking the Japanese course status every day for the last several weeks. It's been stuck at 65% for over two weeks now. But today, it jumped to 70%. I also noticed that there is one fewer contributor. There used to be five, now there are four.

Gogo Japanese team! Thank you for the progress! We are cheering for you!

http://incubator.duolingo.com/courses/en/ja/status

4 years ago

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https://www.duolingo.com/jitengore
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楽しいです

Looking forward to the reverse tree - learn Japanese using English!

Edited: corrected the hiragana (kanji part was ok). I had depended on Apple's Siri and not proofed it. I would highly recommend Siri to take up duolingo :) The languages supported by the current incarnation of Siri: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Siri#Supported_languages

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Usagiboy7
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jitengore, I'm also looking forward to the Japanese course :D (Japanese and Hindi are in my top 5!)

edited

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https://www.duolingo.com/jitengore
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Rewritten: How about following Japanese and Hindi courses with a Hindi-Japanese and its reverse. What Duolingo makes possible was totally unimaginable in the past!

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Usagiboy7
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(((((motivation))))

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/squiggy.fl

Oh thank goodness. I thought I was really bad off before you corrected that hiragana. I thought maybe my brain was just broken.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Usagiboy7
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The course has gone down to 68%. But, don't worry. This happens from time to time. It just means they are improving the quality of a section. :)

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Zass30
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I just checked again, and in a panic saw that the numbers went down. Phew, thanks for the explanation. Usagiboy, how about getting a new contributor to the course to replace the person that left?

For that matter, is there a reason why you don't approve many contributors (like 10?). I assume there were many skilled applicants to be contributors.

Thanks!

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Usagiboy7
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@Zass30,

Disclaimer: I am only a forum moderator, not a course moderator. It is possible that I've gotten some of my facts wrong.

I've heard from some of the language mods a while back that the bigger the team, the more difficult it is to coordinate; it begins to hinder the process rather than help

As for adding new contributors, each course has an uber moderator or two (language experts who came from the pool of applicants). They are in charge of building their team from the available applications.

Regarding the skill of the people who applied, as a forum moderator, I don't get to see the applications. However, I've picked up its and pieces of information from discussions around the general forum. Among the vast number of general applicants, many were not as skilled as was needed. Other people were skilled but did not have enough time. (Building a course takes a lot of work and a lot of time). Still other applicants. have probably disappeared. So, after sorting through all of this, the number qualified applicants is much smaller than it would seem.

As for specifically the English for Japanese speakers course, I don't have any specific data.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Zass30
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Thanks for the reply and very thorough explanation!

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Usagiboy7
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:)

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https://www.duolingo.com/Nitram.
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本当に素晴らしい!頑張ってください!

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/FlamingoDingo

I want to be able to understand this!

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/squiggy.fl

My memory kinda stinks, which is why I need to relearn it all. It has been a while, but I see truly, and a word I think means something like great. Then it says ganbatte kudasai,,, which is usually translated as please try your best. Ganbatte is a cool word. It looks ridiculous in romaji though. It is a word of encouragement. Kudasai is sort of like when we say please in english. So my fuzzy memory says that it says "truly great! Please do your best!"

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Nitram.
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完璧です! ^_^

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/hydracone

Hahaha... I hope you guys realize this course is for Japanese speakers!! You're gonna have to wait for a little bit more!

4 years ago

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https://www.duolingo.com/squiggy.fl

I forgot most of my kanji, and I am still gonna check it out. Maybe I will be unable to do it in the end, but it will be worth the try!

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Usagiboy7
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@squigg.fl, same here. But, I have a great program on my iPad. I just draw the kanji and I can get an identification and a conjugation (I just accidentally spelled it kanjugation lol) chart. And there is always Google Translate. The iPad program I use is called Midori and it's the best one I've found so far.

@kimojima, be careful if you are planning to take the English for Japanese speakers course while it is still in beta. There are more likely to be areas that need correction. The more you know how to speak the better at that stage so you aren't learning things that contain errors.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Arya.Stark

oooh, I used to be high-intermediate in Japanese. Do you think it'd be a problem if I did this course in beta? It'd be really good for my Japanese I bet, but I don't want to mess with their algorithms...

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Dr.Manhattan95

Hey Usagiboy, would you kindly link me the Midori program? I'd be greatly appreciative. :)

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Usagiboy7
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https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/midori-japanese-dictionary/id385231773?mt=8 it has a lot of little features so read up and click on stuff. Looks like it is on sale right now for $8, very worth it if you can spare the $.

Edit PS I haven't used mine for a little bit since I started focusing on Spanish and waiting for the Jpn course, but, it looks like the features got a bit of an upgrade.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/squiggy.fl

I know. I nearly exploded when I clicked inspect element and saw it was at 70%. Then when I saw that the due date had been moved up, wow. Wow. I was so happy.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/angel194462

Japanese is one of my must-learn languages! Great job to Japanese contributors! Hope you finish it!

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/LeMaitre
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I really want to learn Japanese, it has been a long lived dream of mine. I can't wait for the reverse course. I really want to understand Anime cartoons

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/squiggy.fl

This might be difficult. Duo translates documents and articles. Those are generally written in polite japanese, which is very different from much of the dialogue in anime shows. I found informal japanese much more difficult because of the grammar. Anime is loaded with informal Japanese. I am very interested in how duo handles informal japanese. Polite japanese is so easy.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Usagiboy7
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Don't worry, Duo won't be creating the courses, people will. Polite Japanese is only used about 5% of the time. So, I'm guessing that the people creating the course will give us plenty of casual forms to practice. I am hoping that the course will be much longer than the Spanish course though. I can't imagine such a short course being adequate. But, I haven't seen it yet so I really couldn't be sure. I recall Japanese being much more grammar intensive than Spanish though...

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/LeMaitre
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Oh, I didn't know that. :(

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/loveusagi

無理せずがんばってくださいなo( ´ v ` )o

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/krispykracker

Does anyone know why a contributor left/got fired?

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/MarkDorsch

I cannot wait! I have always wanted to learn Japanese to make watching Anime even better.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/KylieShields

I originally came across Duolingo trying to find a course for learning Japanese. I did it in high school and loved it. I am doing German instead but still dying to take English to Japanese. Trying to be patient. lol.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Jsprwstr
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Ganbatte!

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https://www.duolingo.com/shenkai

Cheer up Japanese team! You will not be alone!

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/smeylie

i'm waiting for this course so bad! mais bon, Allez, un peu de nerd et tout se passera bien!

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Auror127

yay! :D

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/MiniEmini

Oh that's so exciting!!! it'll be so cool to learn Japanese =D

4 years ago

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Where does it state the percentage?

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Usagiboy7
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@jkl

When I enter the Japanese course, I right click on the blue progress bar (only works if there is some blue in the bar itself.) I select "Inspect element" and a lot of code comes up. In it is the percentage of blue in the bar. :)

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https://www.duolingo.com/Zass30
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Japanese now at 81% as of Feb 4th. Awesome progress!

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