https://www.duolingo.com/profile/HelpfulDuo

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.

ありがとうございました!

The Duolingo Team

April 3, 2017

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https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Lexi680122

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 :(

April 3, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Puzmen26

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.

April 3, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/81cheney

There's a Duolingo like application called HelloChinese.

April 4, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/palmtree3984

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.

April 9, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/zyxwvutsrqpo

Hey, you made a small typo.

You said "patiently" instead of "impatiently". You're welcome :P.

April 3, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/n-burkhead

I think that he meant to say that...

April 3, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/zyxwvutsrqpo

It's a joke ;)

April 3, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/n-burkhead

Oh. Right, sorry, now I see it! I am cleary very smart.

April 4, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/jonathanbost

Yeah. Just like me.

Wait, what was the joke?

April 6, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/buenotc

The longer you wait the longer it'll take for you to learn. It's no walk in the park...

April 4, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Puzmen26

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.

April 6, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/palmtree3984

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.

April 9, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/HiTherePeepz

This is Japanese, not Chinese. Unless you're using Chinese as an example.

April 9, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/palmtree3984

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.

April 9, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/gea123gea

it is not Chinese, but Japanese!

April 11, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/gea123gea

Would be a good idea to start Chinese too

April 11, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/zyxwvutsrqpo

You've forgotten one requirement!

  • Alpha testers need to share what the course is like with the rest of the community :P

I'm very curious how it will be like since it will likely be similar to the Mandarin course.

April 3, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/pxffs

what Mandarin course?

April 3, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/zyxwvutsrqpo

It's been confirmed to be coming out this year by Luis (the CEO of Duolingo). Or at least that's their plan.

Extra spicy sauce: https://www.reddit.com/r/duolingo/comments/5pr3sv/i_am_luis_von_ahn_ceo_and_cofounder_of_duolingo/dct5zre/

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.

April 3, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ISpeakAlien

Yay! As the most spoken language in the world, Duolingo needs to teach Chinese.

April 5, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/pxffs

Sweet!

April 3, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/wildflamer17

Mandarin, YASSS!

April 4, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Lesley1996

Hype

April 5, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/TavarishKotik

Yay! I have been waiting for it for a long time. I'm so hyped! =] This made my day.

April 5, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/gea123gea

Agree, would be nice

April 11, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Ontalor

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.

April 6, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/zyxwvutsrqpo

I meant the general teaching system, with how the logograms are incorporated and how the speech is taught. Those will likely be equal / similar, I'm not talking about the differences or similarities between Chinese and Japanese, but just the teaching method.

April 6, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Ken335502

Not necessarily. Japanese can technically work without Kanji, but Chinese cannot, so the teaching method could be different

April 6, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Xefjord

Both a Chinese Course and a Japanese Course will have Hanzi/Kanji character exercises built in

April 9, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/MaxJiang3

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.

April 10, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Luko.

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

April 10, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/n-burkhead

Hello HelpfulDuo!

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.

Thanks! ハッピーラーニング!

April 3, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ICantDougie

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.

April 4, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/n-burkhead

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.

April 4, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Boago_Chan

hi do you know Japanese

April 10, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/FilipFilip17

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.

April 3, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/xnaut

I already know Japanese, so I guess I'm disqualified.

April 3, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/HelpfulDuo

Not at all! You can still help test if you know Japanese :)

April 3, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/PrettyUmbreon120

do you have to be an alpha tester?

April 4, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Jared_Buttle

If I were to have and android would I still be eligible to help with the beta testing?

April 7, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ZACHC3584

Beta testing starts with PC, then moves to phones as time goes on, sometimes in the period of a few days.

April 8, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Luko.

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.

April 10, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ZACHC3584

This is an alpha test, not a beta. These features will be tested in alpha, and perfected in beta, before full release.

April 10, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/S0R0USH

You can suggest alternative answers. A lot of beta courses have a lot of reasonable alternative translations that are not yet accepted.

April 6, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/TheEeveeLord

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.

ありがとうございます!頑張ってください!

April 3, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/TheBryce

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!

April 4, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Horako224

Hop into the MAY 15 HYPE TRAIN

̴ı̴̴̡̡̡ ̡͌l̡̡̡ ̡͌l̡*̡̡ ̴̡ı̴̴̡ ̡̡͡|̲̲̲͡͡͡ ̲▫̲͡ ̲̲̲͡͡π̲̲͡͡ ̲̲͡▫̲̲͡͡ ̲|̡̡̡ ̡ ̴̡ı̴̡̡ ̡͌l̡̡̡̡._ CHOO CHOO!

April 4, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/wyqtor
  • 1747

April 5, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/skuidward

thats alot of languages there

April 11, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/WaterPolyglot

̴ı̴̴̡̡̡ ̡͌l̡̡̡ ̡͌l̡*̡̡ ̴̡ı̴̴̡ ̡̡͡|̲̲̲͡͡͡ ̲▫̲͡ ̲̲̲͡͡π̲̲͡͡ ̲̲͡▫̲̲͡͡ ̲|̡̡̡ ̡ ̴̡ı̴̡̡ ̡͌l̡̡̡̡._ CHOO CHOO!

April 6, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/webgenie

I like your train. very creative

April 11, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/MichaelCharles62

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.

April 4, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Lea.1717

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!

( ◠‿◠ )

ありがとうございます!


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!

April 3, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Doosier

3 max in incubator, but they could go the Swahilli route

April 3, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/KEIsuke.1

will we see the Korean course going through the alpha testing phase soon too? :)

April 4, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Doosier

we already have three

April 4, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/KEIsuke.1

thanks for your answer:)

April 9, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ISpeakAlien

What is the "Swahili route"?

April 5, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Ken335502

I would assume they had a lot of alpha testers.

April 5, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Doosier

they had a shared account for all testers

April 5, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ISpeakAlien

Oh. I'm learning Swahili on Duolingo!

April 5, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ISpeakAlien

I have access to an iOS device, but I would prefer to use my computer. Can you please support alpha testing on the website?

April 5, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/otsogutxi

Thanks for the opportunity!

April 3, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Mettie7

hmu when you guys need android testers ;0

April 4, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/AkashicTraveller

I would like to know this as well. That or the web version.

April 7, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/awungus

oh yes i've been needing this! holy crap! um sorry but i do not use iOS or either use this on mobile.

April 5, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ISpeakAlien

I don't understand why it's iOS-only. That's kind of unfair to other Duolingo users...

April 5, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/MichelleP3

I wish I could but I only have Android devices.

April 4, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/iwc2ufan

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.

April 4, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/savionsample

How do we know if we've been picked or not?

April 6, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/alexandernext

Same! Trying to find out as well.

April 7, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/drjanety

seems like you have lots of NON apple users who are willing. What about changing the platform to Windows and/or Android?

April 6, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Chartokai

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).

April 7, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Espiraden

I would love to help! I'm a hermit so i more than 'a little bit' of time :p

April 3, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Ken335502

Does everyone who signs up get to test? Or is there a selection process? If so, what is it (if you can say)?

April 3, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/tonino1984

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 :-)

April 4, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/PERCE_NEIGE

Please, please, please, take me, take me, take me !!! But on Android. Why no Android? :((

April 5, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/bloomingjay-

Aw, man! I'd really like to try this, but... Y'know, I don't have an iOS.

April 5, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/KatyMain

Would love to join the test when it expands to computers or android. I'm so excited for Japanese

April 5, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/EinarEidsto

Oh come on! You can't seriously tell me that Alpha Testing is only for iOS devices?

April 6, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/amentats

When it finally clears testing, will it be available for android?

April 6, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Chartokai

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.

April 7, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Little_Tatws

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.

April 11, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/DragonPolyglot

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!!

April 7, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/QuadraticLingual

I'd love to help, but I don't have an iOS device. Would computer users still be able to alpha test?

April 3, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/HelpfulDuo

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!

April 3, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/MichaelCharles62

Will the beta be available for Android users?

April 4, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/aDragonqc

Ditto

April 5, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/patrickcha538353

Ditto's are cool

April 7, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Awesause2

Same here, Love to help, but I cannot

April 4, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/dessertandtea

And here, ready to help with android phone

April 5, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/KEIsuke.1

When will the Alpha testing begin? :)

April 5, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/BrianJConcannon

So does this mean that the Japanese Duolingo course will be available in the near future for all platforms?

April 9, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/MaxJiang3

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).

April 9, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/BrianJConcannon

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.

April 9, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/TadeKT

Oh... i just filled out a form on a chrome computer....

April 10, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Bruno_de_Brito

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!

April 13, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/thatgurlraeven

what is a ios user

April 12, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/zacharylumley

Someone who uses an Apple device (iOS is the name of the mobile operating system on iPhones, iPads, etc.)

April 12, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/jonathanbost

I feel that this is the sentiment of many users here, including me.

April 6, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/chokko-chok

When will we start? I've been waiting for this and korean for a while :D

April 3, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Emilyjoy0128

that is so exciting! thank you for the great work

April 3, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/cypheroni

Ohh I've been waiting and now I hope I can help. Duolingo helps me get past my lazy barrier with languages so my Japanese can hopefully take off. I should add I have several iOS devices and some exposure to Japanese through academic work and self taught.

April 4, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Horako224

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.

April 4, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/lizsue

Android's more like a whole group of different kids, given all the different devices that use Android.

April 9, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Middangeard

There needs to be a "Was intermediate, but now very rusty" option.

April 4, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Catarinell

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.

April 5, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Catarinell

Thank you!

April 5, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/tu.8zPhLjEMCwfst

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??

April 5, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/okeistudy

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!

April 5, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/okeistudy

Also, I would love to help. I have both an iPhone and an iPad, and enough free time to help out. :)

April 5, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/westway50

I would like to be a tester when this launches. I'm trying to learn some before a trip to Japan in 5 months.

April 5, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/thefeli

Yay! Finally! I've been learning Japanese for 2 years and have been waiting for a Japanese Duolingo course! Thank you!

April 5, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/206916

This is so cool! I'm really excited for this course!

April 5, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Burnthomdi

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.

April 6, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/SimonWheler

I´m ready for some japanese

April 6, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/AnnaWasHere.Love

As soon as the Japanese course is out, I would love to try it! :)!

April 6, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/webgenie

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.

April 6, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Tabitha457550

Sounds interesting......... Whats an iOS device again?

April 7, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Chartokai

IOS is the common term for a group of modern devices made by Apple. It denotes the operating system similar to saying "Windows PC".

April 7, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Jared_Buttle

would i not be able to help with and android?

April 7, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Chartokai

Not yet; sorry. The available platforms of alpha/beta courses tend to increase with time, but what platforms they are aren't always consistent.

April 7, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/dotnetdiva

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.

April 7, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/AkashicTraveller

Why the hell did you think doing the alpha on iOS only was a good idea?!

April 7, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/langbron

Thank you, Duo! I love seeing new language courses being created and released.

April 7, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Ema439209

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.

April 7, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Chris_C_School

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!

April 7, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/verymemeingfular

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!

April 7, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/kassidybaj

i love to help

April 7, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Druias_Rex

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 :(.

April 7, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/HiTherePeepz

I think they have more iOS developers. Last I heard is that they're hiring more people for Android and web.

April 8, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/VenomBoy212

cool.

April 8, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Bara85

I'm going to wait for Android and PC testing but I'd like to volunteer.

April 9, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/KanpekiSensou

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..... :(

April 9, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Detective.Maro

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 :)

April 10, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/skuidward

Im doing the Japanese course right now on computer it is on the start screen like normal but says "0 learners"

April 11, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/KEIsuke.1

How is the course?

April 12, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Little_Tatws

イケイケですね〜 いつ準備ができますか?

April 11, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Diane270556

I'd love to help :)

April 3, 2017

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    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

    April 3, 2017

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/PrincessSirenity

    ♡ So cool! Thanks for telling us! ♡

    April 3, 2017

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/wtsup7up

    cool, when do you start?

    April 3, 2017

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Degenmayes

    ill do i have a iphone sign me up

    April 3, 2017

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/TreVorM11

    I would be honored to participate. I have been introduced to Japanese, but I far from understand it.

    April 3, 2017

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/HexManiacSarina

    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.

    April 3, 2017

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/RaiNey037

    I would love to help this course out, i'm on an IOS device so just hit me up if you can :D

    April 3, 2017

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/RokugatsuMatsu

    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!

    April 3, 2017

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ColeKeesey

    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.

    April 3, 2017

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/sodette123

    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.

    April 4, 2017

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Nicholas7018

    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.

    April 4, 2017

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/KEIsuke.1

    Pick me!!! I meet all those criteria and want to help as much as I can!! :)

    April 4, 2017

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/PirikaPyo

    Please choose me, I'm on bed rest for the next 5+ weeks.

    April 4, 2017

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Sharkolese

    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.

    April 4, 2017

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/JadeEMR

    Great news, I'm an absolute beginner but i've always wanted to try Japanese!

    April 4, 2017

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/adamrabbit

    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!!

    April 4, 2017

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/SpaceTheMeep

    How can I someone be an Alpha tester?

    April 4, 2017

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/SpaceTheMeep

    Nevermind found out how.

    April 4, 2017

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/TARDISchick2019

    YAAAAAASSSSSSSS

    April 4, 2017

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/wildflamer17

    My friend on DuoL would love this - she knows a tiny bitof Japanese and wants to learn it all! I'll let her know.

    April 4, 2017

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/BrendanBer11

    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.

    April 4, 2017

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/HelloMiners

    I'd be down!

    April 4, 2017

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/rjnelson26

    I meet all of the requirements. Let me know! Exciting.

    April 5, 2017

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/_Jake_paul_

    i will do it glady

    April 5, 2017

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/marshymellolee

    As someone who knows their fair share of Japanese I would love to help with testing.

    April 5, 2017

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ShaikhMuhammad

    What about mandarin??

    April 5, 2017

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Little_Tatws

    That would have to be developed by an entirely different team.

    April 11, 2017

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Yasmiiiiiiiina

    I'd love to help, I have an ios device

    April 5, 2017

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/BarrettDow

    Would I be able to test with a touchscreen computer tablet?

    April 5, 2017

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Cjnfl

    It's about time Duolingo gets a Japanese course..

    April 5, 2017

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/SansLover625

    I really want to but I don't have enough Lingots.

    April 5, 2017

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/TavarishKotik

    Count me in! =] I just sent my form.

    April 5, 2017

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/notanotherbarbie

    Love to help, contact me:))

    April 5, 2017

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Kirsikkakuu

    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!

    April 5, 2017

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Otakuwolf100

    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

    April 5, 2017

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/hamstertitan5

    Why does your convo say "Sticky"?

    April 5, 2017

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/pinkybigornia

    Count me in!

    April 6, 2017

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/thebigkahuna222

    i will like to join. I enjoy discovering new languages. Got an apple too

    April 6, 2017

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/addiesc

    I'd be happy to help! English - Japanese speaker, L1 English.

    April 6, 2017

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/webgenie

    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. :(

    April 6, 2017

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Ken335502

    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.

    April 6, 2017

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/mhagiwaratest2

    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.

    April 7, 2017

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Ken335502

    Oops, missed that.

    April 8, 2017

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/webgenie

    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.

    April 11, 2017

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/k1rtan12

    Does iOS include iPad?

    April 7, 2017

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Chartokai

    Presumably. iOS is a general term for the main Apple devices operating systems.

    April 7, 2017

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/SpaceTheMeep

    I would love to be apart of this and be a Alpha Tester for the Japanese Duolingo course.

    April 7, 2017

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/jurajil-park

    アイパッドでやって良いですか? Can I do it on my IPad?

    April 8, 2017

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ZACHC3584

    Yes.

    April 8, 2017

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/D35truct0

    I am READY for the challenge!

    April 8, 2017

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/KwincyofKenya

    Would an iPad Mini 4 be new enough?

    April 8, 2017

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/HiTherePeepz

    Just make sure that the Dueling app has been updated to the latest version.

    April 8, 2017

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/sean_1234

    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.

    April 8, 2017

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/HiTherePeepz

    Would a IPad work?

    April 8, 2017

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/eimachan

    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 !

    April 8, 2017

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/nsnavinsenthil

    I like this change

    April 8, 2017

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/jal

    I would be interested in taking part!

    April 8, 2017

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Derter22

    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!

    April 8, 2017

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/VeikkoXx

    Arigatou gozaimashita (〃>_<;〃)

    April 9, 2017

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/territrades

    It seems the team is working really fast, you guys went from start to seeking for alpha testers in just a few weeks!

    Since I have an iOS device I did not hesitate to send my application :D

    April 9, 2017

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/IsakNygren1

    When will we find out who has been chosen or not?

    April 9, 2017

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Harrypotte603857

    How long will it take for you to choose?

    April 9, 2017

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/JoeMitchell2

    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.

    April 9, 2017

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/awungus

    crap, i dont have iOS. neither android,or even my own computer. i use my dads computer. .-.

    April 10, 2017

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/gallusroberto

    Can't wait to see it available on the Web!

    April 10, 2017

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Boago_Chan

    Just signed up via pc. Can't wait. I already know the basic Kana :)

    April 10, 2017

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/GregRudenk

    biem

    April 10, 2017

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/colb6421co

    i wold love to help and i have an ios device (love this site F.Y.I)

    April 10, 2017

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/chend11

    hi guys

    April 10, 2017

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Ella614589

    thanks sounds cool

    April 10, 2017

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Jessie606522

    thanks completed as u asked

    April 10, 2017

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/LJRadio

    If possible, i'd like to give it a go?

    April 10, 2017

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/BrandonSim118107

    I would like to help.

    April 11, 2017

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/BrandonSim118107

    I use IOS. I can't wait until it comes out!

    April 11, 2017

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Cece368481

    tell me when its ready! already takin spanish, russin, and german so japanese will be fun too

    April 11, 2017

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Philosophy.

    I'd gladly help! I've always had an interest in learning Japanese!

    April 11, 2017

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/KEIsuke.1

    Has anyone been emailed yet or contacted by Duolingo for early access to the Japanese course?

    April 11, 2017

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/YaHommeBlake55

    aye yo whats good ur ipod is wet

    April 11, 2017

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Honezi

    I would do it because i always wanted to go japan but i dont know how they speak so yea ◎[▪‿▪]◎

    April 11, 2017

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Kuava00

    I'd love to help test if you're still looking for alpha testers.

    April 11, 2017

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/LeviDaz

    Applied on a chrome computer. To be clear, yes, I do have an iOS device. Can't wait to help~!

    April 12, 2017

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/irene366307

    I'm so exciting!!! haha

    April 12, 2017

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/TranMinhNhut

    me gusta ayudarte. puedo comprobar el curso nuevo

    April 12, 2017

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Double100

    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!! ;)

    April 12, 2017

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/esper4nto

    i can test it!!! XXX

    April 12, 2017

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/CamilleWil7

    Hey, yea i'd love to help too

    April 12, 2017

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Little_Tatws

    About how long is the waiting process before you get notified if you're an alpha tester or not?

    April 12, 2017

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/HiTherePeepz

    a week?

    April 12, 2017

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/250000000

    i dont have ios device

    April 12, 2017

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/LeviDaz

    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!

    April 12, 2017

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/HiTherePeepz

    nope

    April 12, 2017

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/kidcudi5

    hu

    April 12, 2017

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/DJ_CharlieBLUE

    What does ありがとうございました mean?

    April 12, 2017

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ToneleroKuupaa

    Thank you very much

    April 12, 2017

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/PinkiePegasus

    I have an iPad 2, would that be modern enough to work? I got it in 2012.

    April 12, 2017

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/HiTherePeepz

    as long as it has chats (maybe), you're okay.

    April 12, 2017

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/dukeaya

    Would love to help. I really enjoy Duolingo,

    April 12, 2017

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Ticondrogo314

    I filled out the form pretty soon after this discussion was opened and I'm wondering, when will the alpha testing start?

    April 12, 2017
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