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The Japanese course page is up!

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https://www.duolingo.com/course/ja/en/Learn-Japanese-Online

"There are two truths about Japanese culture. First, it is celebrated the world over — film, food, literature, music, art, all of it. Second, to best appreciate it, you must first learn Japanese! With Duolingo, you’ll start speaking Japanese and reading its three writing systems (yes, even Kanji). Learn Japanese and confidently order tonkotsu at a 10-seat side-alley Tokyo ramen shop or cheerfully check-in to a Hokkaido onsen. Never read awkwardly translated manga or watch dubbed anime again. You may already be curious about the culture behind the world’s third largest economy, sushi, haikus, karate, Zen, and Pokemon. Once you start learning Japanese, you’ll realize that’s just the beginning."

The Torii Gate makes sense, but I have to admit I'm surprised the page is blue; I was expecting red. I think this is the first time a course page has used a color that isn't on the flag.

1 year ago

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https://www.duolingo.com/TheEeveeLord

すごいですよ!

I'm surprised it's blue when there's no blue in the flag. I personally think white would have been super cool.

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/wyqtor
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Yeah, I think red would have made more sense, it is the color of the sun in their flag, PLUS the Miyajima Torii monument is bright red.

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/hughcparker
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It is surprising, but it's awesome. It's really well designed, and the concentric red and white circles look really good on the blue background.

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/lizsue
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Here's the full-color version that appears on https://www.duolingo.com/course/ja/en/Learn-Japanese-Online if you're not logged in to Duolingo:

https://www.duolingo.com/images/courses/ja/full_colored.svg :)

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/CodyORB
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All I see is white

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/TheEeveeLord

I mean the background to the monument. It usually matches one of the colors of the flag.

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/CodyORB
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I can see it now. Likely a glitch.

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/TheEeveeLord

I don't think so, I think it's just the color they chose.

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/duoliberty

They love blue ^^

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/.S.P.Q.R.
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now we will just have to wait for the Haitian Creole, Yiddish and High Valyrian pages!

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/lizsue
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They already have the art for Yiddish:

https://www.duolingo.com/design/ says it's the Great Synagogue of Warsaw, Poland

https://www.duolingo.com/images/courses/yi/full_colored.svg has the full-size full-color version

https://www.duolingo.com/comment/7051769 has some info from a Duolingo user (not a staff member or volunteer) about the Great Synagogue of Warsaw

As for the flag or the counterpart of a flag:

http://forward.com/opinion/national/310057/what-flag-should-yiddish-fly/ has a lot of thoughtful stuff on what to use and what not to use

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:Articles_for_deletion/Yiddish_flag has stuff on why that design some guy made up and put on Wikipedia didn't even qualify to be on Wikipedia (never mind representing a language and community the way the Catalan flag on Duolingo does)

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/.S.P.Q.R.
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perhaps because of the flag issue they have not created yet the topic page...

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/swingbeatnik7
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I'm. So. Happy. ^(,-,(^

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https://www.duolingo.com/Casper_duo
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Superfragilisticexpialidocious!
I love Japan! Always have. Very exciting news.

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https://www.duolingo.com/FilipFilip17
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Sorry, but your comment really threw me off. It’s Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious. But like you said, yay!

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Xefjord

I am also very excited to see the page. And also rather confused as to why the page is blue. The world won't end. Just seemed kind of weird lol. I look forward to the Japanese course and hope to make it the first tree I complete on Duolingo がんばて!

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/txlsu
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Just curious, what does がんばて mean?

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Xefjord

I botched it. It should be 頑張って!

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/txlsu
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Oh, then what does that mean, though? I know only a little Japanese, I can read kana (i know you said 'ganbate' at least in the original, but I don't know what that means in English). I know only some of the more basic kanji and I don't know the two you used. I really want to do this course when it comes out btw.

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Xefjord

Ganbatte! It means "Good Luck!" in a "You can do it!" kind of way

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https://www.duolingo.com/TheEeveeLord

Literally translated, it's the imperative form of 頑張る (ganbaru), meaning "to do one's best," so you're telling someone to do their best, a lot like the idiom "break a leg" in English.

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https://www.duolingo.com/txlsu
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ありがとうございます。

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https://www.duolingo.com/DovahFerret
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Oh my God that's awesome that it's up! Haha very exciting

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https://www.duolingo.com/Francy-Chan

I'm so happy!!! (^-^) I love Japan and Japanese! ❤ どうもありがとうございます!

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https://www.duolingo.com/zachattack17

This will probably be my next language after I master German

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https://www.duolingo.com/MasterZsword

This brought a smile to my face. I cannot wait to take this course! I've had bad experiences trying to learn Japanese in the past, so I hope learning it through Duolingo will prove better! Thanks for posting this!

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/NicholasOKane
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Just need the Yiddish and Haitian Creole course pages to go up

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https://www.duolingo.com/HexManiacSarina

AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA finally!! I expected red too, but in my mind I associate Japanese with blue, and I associate Korean with green.

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/redrose44444

I'm looking forward to Japanese. I love that language. My mother wants to do this course.

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/spugany

Can hardly wait to start so excited for it to be up and running <3

1 year ago