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Japanese course: How did you do it?

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I just want to say that I'm impressed that a Japanese course was programmed in spite of Japanese having no spaces and the sheer number of characters. I was convinced that it was impossible to build a programme without spaces. I'm so curious. How did you do it?

1 year ago

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https://www.duolingo.com/TimmohB

I figure they've been working on it for sometime, making it possible, since a couple of months ago a Duolingo engineer accidentally published the Japanese incubator page when he was doing tests.

1 year ago

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Perhaps, but I want to know exactly how. Are they using some kind of code which doesn't require spaces? Are the spaces simply being in the interface?

1 year ago

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The English for Chinese speakers course is published. Chinese never has spaces. Why can't Japanese?

1 year ago

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The problem is having spaces in the language being taught; the system needs to be able to identify the words being refreshed so that it knows what you remember and what you don't, so it doesn't matter if there are spaces in the native language.

1 year ago

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Yes, that's true.

1 year ago

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I imagine you'd have to wait for another of Luis' AMAs to get an answer to this.

1 year ago

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Probably. This just blows my mind.

1 year ago