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Will there be Japanese for English learners?

If so, is there a timetable for that? thanks in advance.

4 years ago

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https://www.duolingo.com/Ontalor
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Up until now, courses teaching languages other than the six available haven't developed yet in the incubator because they needed to be able to design the whole framework for contributors to create the language trees themselves. They were working hard on it through February, and Luis said about a week ago that they would open the first set of new courses for English speakers in about a week, and those will be the 'reverse courses' of the ones that were made by contributors for speakers of other languages.

English for Japanese speakers just got released, so they need a while until most of the problems with that course are sorted out, and then once the incubator is updated to allow new language trees, they'll be able to start building that course. So watch out for the incubator getting updated, and then you'll have to wait for 'Japanese for English speakers' as a course to appear, at which point it will have an expected finish date. I would imagine a few months or so for all of that to happen.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/thejonaii

It's been 3 years and yet no update :(

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Ontalor
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Japanese for English speakers was actually released last month, but it's only available on the mobile app version right now.

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/thejonaii

I've heard about the Japanese in mobile app then tried it. Thanks!

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Rhynn
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It will eventually be made, but at the moment the team are still looking for the best way to approach having to learn katakana/hiragana/kanji. Once a good solution has been found and tested I'm sure it won't take long before it's in the incubator!

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/lordshandor

Start with Romaji and give the option to switch to hiragana only or Kanji.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/LstMyVwls

Agree with this! They could easily write in Romaji, and then slowly introduce hiragana, katakana and kanji.

For example, sentences would begin as: Konnichiwa

slowly introduce some hiragana, and replace romaji. So, say you've introduced ん(n) and こ(ko), you could then spell it: こんnichiwa. Then introduce other letters.

Or have separate lessons for them all...

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/CarloSalvatore

I think it would be better if no romanji is used. The course should begin with hiragana, then katakana, then phrases using both, kanji next (with furigana) and finally kanji only. Just an idea. Regards.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Loganatkin1

i wouldnt learn it honestly i did and it would of been easier to just learn japanese

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Eon3000

3 years and it's still not there :(. I would propose having an on-screen keyboard that would have the different Hiragana (you could switch to katakana as well like how you switch to caps). And for teaching people the characters there could be a hiragana lesson where you would see the character and then have to write what sound it makes or maybe you could trace the shape. For the app atleast writting in your answers should be possible. We have programs that let you take hand written stuff and then put it into text so why couldn't we do something like that? It would also force learners to be neat which is an added plus! I agree with avoiding romanji though. For kanji the app could be also very helpful. Maybe for the pc version there would be different strokes you could select and place to create different kanji? And maybe there could be a convert to text button so that after you write it, it will convert it to a typed version so you could see if that's what you meant. I hope this helps them although I doubt they'd read it at all. For the Hiragana and Katakana I would suggest that maybe they could teach it in groups of the first constinent like A,i,u,e,o would be one group, ka,ki, ku,ke,ko would be another etc. I kinda just spat out ideas as I wrote, I hope people can understand this >.<. Also still hope this will help. I love duolingo and I would love to be able to learn japanese on it.

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Eon3000

Just found out it's in the incubator finally :>! Do you guys know how I could possibly get this message to them >.<?!

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/brenanvictoria

Check the incubator?

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Sy_ing

one of the contributors commented that she is "sure Duolingo is thinking of creating a Japanese course for English speakers." well, here I'm asking for answers.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/annika_a
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Well, we know it will happen (since Japanese-->English is already on its way and English-->Japanese is incredibly sought-after), but no, there's no published timetable for it. I would guess (based on nothing but my own hunch, I have no inside knowledge) maybe during the second half of 2014 or so. If you know a bit of Japanese already, you could try using the existing reverse course, which is currently in beta.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/_Lauren13_

I am looking to learn Japanese as well but a good way of teaching it would be the sets as Japanese letters aren't head to memorise in Romanji and most of they alphabet is based off a i u e o Or in hiragana あいうえお Tofgu.com and Rae Kim's guide to hiragana (app) are good places to start I just wish duolingo would be a bit more transparent

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/HeyItsOcarina
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I am trying to get that created, as I know both Japanese (study EXTRA hard, what I did), and will try to get the Japanese for English speakers created. I'll keep you updated once the pending application for it gets accepted, so keep watch!

あなたの忍耐に感謝します,御剣玲二。 :D

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/PattyBeonde

Is Japanese for English learners getting any closer to becoming a reality? My granddaughter is in a Japanese immersion school grades k-8 and I would love to elarn along with her!!

2 years ago