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Tell me I'm not the only one who want to use "English for Japanese" to learn Japanese.

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I tried the Japanese course on livemocha.com, it's terrible. Actually that is "Japanese for Japanese"... Look forward to a Japanese course.

4 years ago

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https://www.duolingo.com/Seth_H
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Good Luck! I'm doing the same for Turkish.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/856pm

I'm doing that for Hungarian; there're lots of us reverse-coursers out there!

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/writerjisung

I plan on doing this for Japanese, Chinese and Korean whenever they're released. ^^

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Usagiboy7
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I'm going to attempt it! The reverse English for Spanish speakers is plenty difficult, even though I've finished my Spanish tree. So, I think this is going to be an amaaazing challenge! Especially for folks who have never had any classes. I'm excited to give it a try xD

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/biribom
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I'm going to do it too :D i studied japanese for 2 years a few years ago tho so i think it will be easier for me, i hope xD

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/ashiplo
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I was thinking about trying it, but decided it's probably not worth it, and will wait for the reverse tree to come out. At the moment, I speak Japanese relatively well (somewhere above JLPT N2 level) so it would mostly be review/practice for me.

I do hate to rain on the parade, but beyond the first few levels where you learn things like greetings and the present tense that could be worthwhile to get started with the language, I'd be really concerned about the bizarre speech patterns that would get imprinted into my brain (e.g. habitual overuse of pronouns, extremely awkward ways to express English tenses that don't exist in Japanese) from doing this.

Also, there are important parts of Japanese that would be skipped entirely because they don't exist in English (e.g. formality levels) and that's not even touching the issue of kanji.

TL;DR Could be fun to try, but keep in mind that your Japanese will be very unnatural if you are able to learn it this way.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/seelian
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English for Japanese you mention is mean English course for Japanese speakers which they developing now. I also waiting Japanese course. Hope they can start Japanese for English soon.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/koboldmaki
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I’m doing that for Hungarian too. It’s challenging, but I enjoy trying to figure the rules out for myself and so far it’s been going okay with some help from grammar sites.

Since I’ve just taken up Japanese again, I’ll be tempted to give that one a go as well. We’ll have to see how it works out with regard to differences in grammar, formality levels etc., but it could be a fun addition to taking a class or using a text book at least.

4 years ago