Seeking Alpha Testers to try Duolingo's new Japanese course!
UPDATE: Thanks to everyone who signed up! Stay tuned for updates :)
We’re almost ready to share a sneak peek at Duolingo’s long awaited Japanese course for English speakers! This Alpha Tester program is open to any Duolingo user who has access to an iOS device.
Duolingo Alpha Testers need:
- a Duolingo account
- access to a fairly recent iOS device
- a little bit of time for testing
- passion to help test and improve a course that will help millions learn for free!
No previous Japanese knowledge required - but if you have some, that’s great!
Please fill out this form if you’re interested in becoming a Duolingo Alpha Tester for the Japanese course.
You will be notified as soon as you’ve been selected to gain early access to the new course.
The Duolingo Team
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iOS is only for Apple products, like iPhones, isn't it? That such a shame, I would love to try this, but I only have a Samsung :(
As an android user, I'll just sit patiently for that Chinese business to come my way. Enjoyed your program so far, thanks for the effort.
However, unlike duolingo, you still need to use other apps to learn the characters and get used to more complicated sentence structures. To achieve this, I use HelloChinese in combination with In Flow Chinese (for learning new characters) and Du Chinese (for reading) has been 3 times as effective than just using Hello Chinese for me.
The longer you wait the longer it'll take for you to learn. It's no walk in the park...
I believe you, but I still have a full plate with French and Russian. It isn't even all that important right now, but tearing down that language barrier feels important given how many people are speaking it.
I wouldn't wait for the course to come out before you start learning it - it may take a while to come out and you'll probably end up needing a foundation in the characters before the course's content becomes useful to you.. There are plenty of other resources for learning Chinese online and on the app/google play store that I have used from time to time over the last few months (like during a commute when I don't have any wi-fi which i need to use duolingo), and I already know around 180 characters along with their pronunciation and basic sentence structure rules. I've found this method of slowly working on it on the side to actually be very effective and not really interfere at all with my learning of German, which is currently the language I am focusing on learning.
Whoops. Thanks for telling me, my mind was still on the comment above this one. But it still applies to japanese as well, as you could do the same thing by learning all of the kana and starting to learn the most important kanji before you start the duolingo course.
It's been confirmed to be coming out this year by Luis (the CEO of Duolingo). Or at least that's their plan.
In that same AMA he also confirmed for the first time that Japanese was in development (before it got added to the incubator). He had been hinting at it the months before though.
Yay! As the most spoken language in the world, Duolingo needs to teach Chinese.
Isn't English the most spoken? considering that it is the official language of at least 5 countries(not including the u.s.a.) and the second language of several more. You can find tons of people who speak English in every country, not so much Chinese. Though it is probably widely spoken through out Asia.
Yeah, Chinese is the most by native speakers. English sometimes surpasses Chinese, depending on how fluent someone needs to be to be a 'speaker'. Languages like Chinese, Hindi, and Bengali only have a lot of speakers because their countries are very populous.
there are many languages in China and they do not understand each other because the languages in China are different!
Yay! I have been waiting for it for a long time. I'm so hyped! =] This made my day.
I can't imagine it will be that similar to the Mandarin course, actually. Besides the fact that they use similar ideograms (hanzi/kanji), there's pretty much no similarities between the languages. Phonetically, Mandarin is complicated but Japanese is simple, whereas gramatically, Mandarin is simple but Japanese is very complicated.
Not necessarily. Japanese can technically work without Kanji, but Chinese cannot, so the teaching method could be different
Both a Chinese Course and a Japanese Course will have Hanzi/Kanji character exercises built in
Is that confirmed or is that just a guess? I think that one of the Japanese contributors said that there will be a special Kanji practice mode or something, but I haven't heard anything about Chinese hanzi.
MaxJiang3 from the Japanese course page: "With Duolingo, you'll be able to learn to speak and read japanese, including its three writing systems (¡Yes, even Kanji!)." And Chinese will obviously teach hànzì
Just a quick question, when you say 'just a little bit of time', how much time are you talking about? I am asking because I would love to help with Alpha Testing for Japanese (I have already filled out the form) but I am currently in school and might not have the amount of time that is required.
I'm in the same situation, but I assume it takes about the same, if not a little bit longer time than a typical session for a completed course. For example: having to gain 20 XP in the Japanese course. I don't really know though, since I've never been an alpha tester.
So you mean like 20 XP a day? Because that would be managable for me, but maybe I should still contact someone else just to be sure.
YES! I was so worried about the lack of any news about the Japanese course. I'm so happy that the course is on track. Thank you so much to the Japanese team and Duolingo staff.
As for me, I don't have a iOS device, but that's OK. I can wait for a month and half. I'm just so happy everything is going fine.
If I were to have and android would I still be eligible to help with the beta testing?
Beta testing starts with PC, then moves to phones as time goes on, sometimes in the period of a few days.
This is not the normal open beta we know, its a closed beta testing of some features that will be completely new to Duolingo, that's why they are looking for iOS users, because they usually develop new features for iOS first, such as Bots, Tinycards, etc.
This is an alpha test, not a beta. These features will be tested in alpha, and perfected in beta, before full release.
You can suggest alternative answers. A lot of beta courses have a lot of reasonable alternative translations that are not yet accepted.
a little bit of time for testing
How much time are we talking about? I'd absolutely love to help, but I may or may not have enough time.
Although I am disappointed that only iOS users get to alpha test, I am still extremely happy as this means the course must be progressing towards beta. May I wish the best of luck to you team Japanese!
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Would love to participate. Have plenty of free time and I have been waiting for this for a while.
...but I only have an Android phone and a PC.
How many Alpha testers will you accept? I'd love to help! I've been searching for a good place to learn Japanese, but nothing comes close to Duo. It's time to pay back for all Duo has given me. I can't believe it's really happening!
( ◠‿◠ )
PS: I have a kind of very basic knowledge of how this language works, and i've picked some words (pretty words like 雪, etc..) , but i've never seriously studied it like i did with other languages here on Duo. I would be a good tester if you're looking for somebody with very little experience of the language, like an actual beginner on Duo would have.
PPS: i do know most of the ひらがな and I've learned a bit of Mandarin (中文)
PPPS: I'm so excited!!! It's almost here! Finally! Thank you all you wonderful people who make all these courses possible ♡
PPPPS: Oh, and now i remembered that Japanese was why I came to Duolingo in the first place! It wasn't available back then, so i started learning German just because and discovered my love for languages. Thanks again Duo!
will we see the Korean course going through the alpha testing phase soon too? :)
I have access to an iOS device, but I would prefer to use my computer. Can you please support alpha testing on the website?
oh yes i've been needing this! holy crap! um sorry but i do not use iOS or either use this on mobile.
I don't understand why it's iOS-only. That's kind of unfair to other Duolingo users...
I wish there had been a way of stating that I've studied some Japanese, but am still a beginner. I took a one year course basically, but given how challenging and different Japanese is from English, I am definitely still a beginner.
I'd love to help. Making a Duo-style Japanese course sounds like a truly fascinating endeavor and I'd love to learn more Japanese.
seems like you have lots of NON apple users who are willing. What about changing the platform to Windows and/or Android?
Presumably, they don't want to open the floodgates when it's untested. As Japanese has a unique character and grammar set, they need to see if there are errors fundamental to this. IOS is good for this testing as such devices act like it's a communist 1984 stormtrooper. Everyone should have the same errors. An Android could mean almost anything because it's open. Samsung for example messes a lot with the operating system (like TouchWiz) and even has models that generate an electromagnetic field for pressure sensitive pen input (handled differently from touch).
Does everyone who signs up get to test? Or is there a selection process? If so, what is it (if you can say)?
Please let me join! I attended a basic Japanese intro course (some 30 hours) at university, and I would love to refresh and improve my Japanese skills :-)
Please, please, please, take me, take me, take me !!! But on Android. Why no Android? :((
Would love to join the test when it expands to computers or android. I'm so excited for Japanese
Oh come on! You can't seriously tell me that Alpha Testing is only for iOS devices?
Does anyone following information on this course know how it will teach the characters? The amount of programs using romaji (English letters) or just kana (like children's books) makes me cautiously optimistic.
It might take the path that Greek, Russian, and Hebrew went, where you have the option to switch between the Latin alphabet and the other.
I'm interested in this. I alpha tested Swahili and I'll have some time during upcoming weeks. I have access to IOS devices, and I am able to read kana and some kanji, and I have very basic knowledge in certain vocabulary and grammar features. I already filled out the form. Everyone else who applied, good luck! :) 私は日本語が大好きです！！
I'd love to help, but I don't have an iOS device. Would computer users still be able to alpha test?
At the moment Alpha Testing will only be available to iOS users. In the future we hope to expand the program to other platforms too. Please stay tuned!
That's not true. When a course first comes out, it is web-only. After a while, though, when the course meets their standards (hoping Japanese goes Swahili-mobile (Swahili got on mobile after 3-4 days of beta)) they'll be released into mobile. Mobile counts as both iOS and Android. Windows, though, hasn't been updated in a while. It doesn't have Vietnamese!
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So does this mean that the Japanese Duolingo course will be available in the near future for all platforms?
The estimated release date (at least on computer version) is May 15. It may be delayed (as most courses are), but based on their progress so far it seems reasonable. Version for other platforms should come shortly after that (I believe the iOS Swahili course came 3 days after the computer version).
That is what I have heard from some friends, that the courses are often delayed, but I was delighted to hear that they are looking for beta testers so hopefully the mid May release isn't too far off. I also heard Swahili went to mobile very fast, while other languages such as Romanian still is not mobile.
Hey Duolingo! There's an option to beta test on the Play Store too, hope to see beta test for Android in the next time! Thanks!
Someone who uses an Apple device (iOS is the name of the mobile operating system on iPhones, iPads, etc.)
iOS? really? Why does iOS get all the cool stuff when almost everyone on duo uses android? iOS is like that one popular kid in high school and Android is that one nerdy kid.
Android's more like a whole group of different kids, given all the different devices that use Android.
Hi! I'd love to help, 5 years of Japanese over 10 years ago. I retain knowledge of hiragana, katakana, and about 50 kanji. I also am very interested in catching up! I have an iOS - iPhone.
Go to https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSeV-8YwKq7jQYv8JpmZimZKVEhakpiKNAAay4HYRRMeY5kGdQ/viewform?c=0&w=1 to apply. You have to have access to an iOS device.
Oh, Id love to help! But exactly how are you guys deciding who exactly is going to be an Alpha tester? Is it all chosen by random??
I am so excited for this. I've always loved the idea of duolingo, but I had never joined because I was interested mainly in Japanese and korean. Now that I'm older, I find I have an interest in other languages as well. This just puts the icing on the cake!
Also, I would love to help. I have both an iPhone and an iPad, and enough free time to help out. :)
I would like to be a tester when this launches. I'm trying to learn some before a trip to Japan in 5 months.
Yay! Finally! I've been learning Japanese for 2 years and have been waiting for a Japanese Duolingo course! Thank you!
Would an apple I pad work as a device? I'm interested but I own an LG phone and it doesn't have the Internet.
日本語 の 勉強 したい の だ, 沢山 日本語 は 忘ました の で けど アプァル の コムピュータが 持って いない から, この 勉強 を する 事が 出来ません.
IOS is the common term for a group of modern devices made by Apple. It denotes the operating system similar to saying "Windows PC".
Not yet; sorry. The available platforms of alpha/beta courses tend to increase with time, but what platforms they are aren't always consistent.
I'll be digging out the 'ole iPad to test this, or just use my daughter's... been watching for Japanese on duoLingo for years!
I've been learning Japanese, and already know a bit of kanji and grammar, but still in the beginning of learning.
Why the hell did you think doing the alpha on iOS only was a good idea?!
Why iOS and not android, or web versions? It might be because using Japanese keyboards and characters are easier and more standardized on iOS than on android.
When I need to send an email or message in Japanese I naturally reach for the ipad or iphone. Never really thought about why until now. Just a thought.
Hello. I was wondering when the projected date for the Japanese course release on computer is. As a rusty Japanese user, I'd love for this to happen, so thank you Duolingo!
I'll volunteer! I have a iOS device so i can do it! I've filled out a form so right now i'll be waiting for the reply!
Why only iOS users? Isn't the android market bigger? I'd love to help but I can't seem to find a free version of the iOS diskimage so virtualization of this OS may be illegal. If someone can find a free version please let me know. Also, why not start with the web as a platform that way everyone would have been able to take part in the alpha :(.
I think they have more iOS developers. Last I heard is that they're hiring more people for Android and web.
Shame its iOS... Would be nice if there was an explanation...
Like: "It requires typing in kana!" Well... は！ I don't see the issue... Android offers a good option for that. PCs offer a bit more tricky option.
But oh well... Alpha now, beta on the 15th of may... Not going to expect anything later..... :(
I can't wait! This is like a dream come true. I learned Japanese to contact family there and take my mother to her hometown Hakodate. Duolingo has proven so well for Portuguese that I can't wait to see what's going to be in Japanese. I'll help with anything I can :)
Im doing the Japanese course right now on computer it is on the start screen like normal but says "0 learners"
ill love to learn japanese. i was looking for it for so long and when i found out you didnt have it i was disappointed
I would be honored to participate. I have been introduced to Japanese, but I far from understand it.
Did 18 credits of Japanese courses (skipped year 1 level), and would love to do this... If I had an iOS device. Looking forward to the course when it comes out though.
I would love to help this course out, i'm on an IOS device so just hit me up if you can :D
I got an iPad Air and know little bit of Japanese (about JLPT N4 knowledge). I would be thrilled to help you optimize the Japanese course!
I would love to help out!My Japanese level is still fairly basic.Ive probably studied more intensely on duolingo then anywhere else,so I can't wait.
I would be very interesting in learning Japanese with Duolingo! I have had plenty of exposure to Japanese language and culture due to my elementary school being predominantly populated by people of Japanese ancestry. The language captivated me especially after I took a few introductory courses on it years ago.
Sounds awesome! I'm very interested in trying out the course. By the way, my duolingo is not working. When I key in an answer and press check, it does not submit. This has been for a week now.
been waiting for this for a long long time :) I submitted a form and highly meet all the criteria at the moment. Hope you consider selecting me :-)
Thank you so much for all your efforts.
hahaha, ios first? Sorry, that was rude. I suppose using the simulator in xcode doesn't count? :(
I can't wait to see a web/android version! All the same, thanks so much for bringing Japanese to this point!!
My friend on DuoL would love this - she knows a tiny bitof Japanese and wants to learn it all! I'll let her know.
Hi, I'd be more than willing to test the course :) If it means anything, I passed N5, and am well on my way to N4.
As someone who knows their fair share of Japanese I would love to help with testing.
Ahh I would love to help since I know some Japanese but I have a Samsung phone. I am looking forward to that course. 頑張ってください！
have ios device on me plus i frequently use the app so i have plenty of time and will be more than happy to help
i will like to join. I enjoy discovering new languages. Got an apple too
日本語 の 勉強 したい の だ, 沢山 日本語 は 忘ました の で けど アプァル の コムピュータが 持って いない から, この 勉強 を する 事が 出来ません. :(
勉強する, not 勉強をする. Also, Japanese doesn't use spaces.
Don't worry, the course will be out soon, for all users.
Can't help noticing - in this case, 勉強をする is correct, since "この" modifies "勉強" which serves as a noun. For example: OK: 日本語の勉強をします, NG: 日本語の勉強します。If there was not "この", "勉強する" and "勉強をする" would be both correct.
Thank you all for your feedback. I appreciate it. This is precisely why I would love to see this course being offered. It benefits both those who are unfamiliar with Japanese and those who are but would like to have the opportunity to improve it. It's wonderful to see a course like this being developed.
Presumably. iOS is a general term for the main Apple devices operating systems.
I would love to be apart of this and be a Alpha Tester for the Japanese Duolingo course.
Just make sure that the Dueling app has been updated to the latest version.
I'm not sure if posting here helps with your chance of being selected, but I'd be very excited to help. My Japanese is at around an intermediate level (passed N3 last December) and I'm in Japan now. I also have an iphone, which I don't think is too old (I hope). Anyway, I'm looking forward to trying this whenever I get a chance.
wow this is what ive been waiting for .. im in ! and if u can add korean too PLEASE DO!! i love how doulingo made everything so simple !
I've just joined and I am already loving it, I'd love to help test out the Japanese course, I've got and iOS device on hand, and am ready to go! Hopefully I get picked. Until then!
I just signed up to help, after being somewhat frustrated with a competitor's Japanese course I came here to see if DL had made any progress on putting a course together (I haven't been around for a while). I'm excited to help in any way I can, my iPad is my primary device, and I've been trying to learn Japanese through a couple of sites and YouTube series, but none seem to have as effective a system as DL. By the way, this is a kind of weird account...I signed up for it with my google account a long time ago and then forgot about it.
crap, i dont have iOS. neither android,or even my own computer. i use my dads computer. .-.
tell me when its ready! already takin spanish, russin, and german so japanese will be fun too
Has anyone been emailed yet or contacted by Duolingo for early access to the Japanese course?
I would do it because i always wanted to go japan but i dont know how they speak so yea ◎[▪‿▪]◎
Applied on a chrome computer. To be clear, yes, I do have an iOS device. Can't wait to help~!
I would absolutely love to, but sadly I don't have an iOS device. I suppose I will have to wait. But when it is avaliable, I'll be sure to check it out and learn some Japanese - that would be awesome!! ;)
About how long is the waiting process before you get notified if you're an alpha tester or not?
So I have an android device, but I have a question. Do you need skype or a voice communication service to alpha test? ありがとう！
I filled out the form pretty soon after this discussion was opened and I'm wondering, when will the alpha testing start?
Which iOS version and which Duolingo app version should we have to alpha test the Japanese course?
really? MORE stuff for IOS users only? next thing we know they'll be putting out IOS-only beta courses! this is ridiculous! i want to participate more for stuff like this but you guys have gotta stop catering to people with access to an IOS device.
I made a comment on the duolingo page about Obama wanting the Japanese duolingo course, it got a ton of like guys, c'mon! I think I deserve it :P
Why such dependency on the iOS? Fix that, please! No one sane likes or uses iOS.
I care. I have a life. If I didn't have a life, I wouldn't be responding to this comment.
I'm not being rude, I'm responding to your comment in the most civil way possible.
Maybe you should get a life instead of trolling everyone on the forums.
Some people believe that Androids are better, and some believe that Apple is better. Whatever their view, they all have a life.