Reports from people trying the Japanese alpha?
I really want to know what the course is like. Is anyone willing to do a write up? How are things taught? How does it handle the writing systems? What are your impressions so far?
Really wish it were open to people without an iOS device.
Technically we're not supposed to share details of alpha course: “we ask that you please not share screenshots or course release information with others.”
It has 40 skills and 185 lessons, making it the shortest tree on DL (skills-wise and lesson-wise)
From what I have seen so far (I have only completed two skills in the tree), I would say it is fairly different from how the German tree (the one I have explored the most) handles things, mainly because German uses the Latin alphabet while Japanese has a completely different writing system. So expect to have a lot more alphabet-based questions compared to most other languages on DL (even Russian).
It is the same but the first few skills are identifying hiragana and some basic words
I actually just received an email today saying that I was accepted to be an alpha tester. I already completed a few skills and I would be happy to write up my preliminary review of the course sometime tomorrow if anyone is interested. PS: This is not my current alpha testing profile
Not an alpha tester, so I don't have an accurate version of the tree (used the glitch last week), but I'm also not under any strictures about talking about it.
It begins with 4 Hiragana skills, made up of 22 lessons. What I can access is obviously incomplete, but some are simple words that will be unfamiliar to those with no knowledge of Japanese; some will be immediately familiar to most English speakers.
Then there are three Introduction/Greeting skills. They use Katakana, Hiragana, Kanji as necessitated I suppose by the standard written forms of the words concerned. (I know essentially nothing about Japanese, though, so I base this merely on my verification that those characters I see do, indeed, come from all three writing systems).
And that's as far as I have gotten. Caveat lector.
Japanese just appeared in the course selector menus. I think if you deleted the course at that time, you'll have to wait for the course to go into beta.
For anyone interested in the course, though, I just randomly got brief access to the iOS version (the above account is based on the desktop). Having chosen to do a hiragana strengthening, it looks like Duolingo has finally focused in on teaching alphabets! Some good news in the gloom of activity stream, gems, etc.