https://www.duolingo.com/anyom

Finished the Japanese Tree!!!!

A while ago I became an alpha-tester for the ja-en tree (not on this account) and I have just finished it! It took a lot of work and patience, but it pays off in the end! Of course I will continue to send reports like I am supposed to, I just wanted to share this moment. I am not actually allowed to show screenshots or give out info about the tree, but I can say some general things:

Really good audio! 10/10

I love that the course uses long sentences, especially in the end. This gives a deeper understanding for how the language works in general.

My only wish is that it taught more kanji.

For anyone interested in Japanese or Japanese culture, this course is definitely more than worth it! Stay excited!

May 1, 2017

30 Comments


https://www.duolingo.com/finndj

I absolutely agree about the Kanji - whilst you can still enter them and they are marked as correct, you aren't specifically taught them. Example include 猫、肉、魚 and 会社.

As someone learning Mandarin, Kanji don't pose much of a challenge, but I definitely think they should include many more. Good job!

May 1, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/duoliberty

I wonder what the purpose is of not teaching them, especially when the course description claims that you'll be able to "confidently order" rāmen after completing the course.

Don't know how confident you can be ordering at a kiosk knowing less than 5% of the jōyō kanji while locals are behind you waiting in line.

May 1, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/finndj

I think this maybe an example of where Duo is but a starting point rather than a significant booster! This is kind of the same with all of their non European languages actually.

May 1, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/duoliberty

Hmm.. maybe I'm unaware of how this course is structured. Do the developers have to go out of their way to teach the kanji separate from the vocabulary?

May 1, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/finndj

As far as I am aware, no. But Kanji is very hard to teach on a website such as Duo, as they require not only to be recognisable, but also to be written using correct stroke order, and understood (without writing them, radicals and such will never be ingrained).

May 1, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/anyom

Really? whenever I tried to type kanji, I was always marked wrong. Even if I typed the kanji "私" I would get the sentence wrong. Maybe they have started adding them though

May 1, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/finndj

How odd, they've always been accepted for me! Even 私!For example, the sentence, "わたしはにくを食べる" is also accepted as "私は肉を食べる"

May 1, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/sodette123

Nicely done! I'm not even halfway done lol

May 1, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/anyom

You'll get there!

May 1, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/sodette123

Thanks! I think part of the reason why I'm going so slowly is because I'm trying to put the terms I learn onto Tinycards so I can study them all of the time. It's actually quite helpful!

May 1, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/finndj

Funnily enough, that's exactly what I am doing!

May 1, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/sodette123

Cool! :)

May 1, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/ForestPolyglot

Cool! Buona fortuna! At least, with any other trees.

May 1, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/anyom

Thanks a lot :)

May 1, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/Zevlag13

It's fine to know there's a Japanese course in the incubator. Japanese is probably the most popular language that isn't yet in Duolingo.

May 1, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/Gerardd88

Congratulations! I'm delighted to hear about the good audio! There are actual recordings, not the TTS, right?

May 1, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/WaterPolyglot

Actually, it's TTS. I'm sure of it. After all, almost everything has Japanese audio.

May 1, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/piguy3

That in itself doesn't really tell you one way or the other. The analogous condition attains for the Guaraní course.

But it certainly comes as no surprise that the TTS quality for a Japanese might be particularly good! (which, yes, it certainly seems to be, although I can only evaluate the seeming naturalness, not the correctness)

May 1, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/finndj

Unfortunately current Alpha testers, like myself, are not allowed to divulge that information.

May 1, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/Gerardd88

I didn't know that, thanks. Still can't wait to try the course :)

May 1, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/Jessica_x808

I am very interested in the Japanese culture and in my latest japanese class we did Kanji and i was a able to write Shin which means believe

May 3, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/piguy3

Congratulations! I'm sure they're glad to have alpha-testing help throughout the whole tree.

May 1, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/Voylin

I'm sad that alpha testing is only for people with ios xc

May 2, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/testmoogle

私も...

May 18, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/zekecoma

They don't include kanji? Sorry, I'll go to another place for Japanese.

May 3, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/finndj

We didn't say they didn't teach Kanji, just less than would be ideal! Bear in mind the course isn't done yet...

May 3, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/vvHills10

golden owl with a white scarf and red dot.

March 16, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/Scott695208

I finished all of Level 1 I believe (it ends with "Subculture" and "Olympics"). Is there a next level or is that it? I got the golden owl at the end, but no next level. ???

August 29, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/ParkJimin307567

CONGRATULATIONS! And keep up the good work my friend!

April 30, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/Capt.Levi

Hi anyom! Congratulations! But i just want to ask, how fluent are you now? Can you construct sentences, or can you understand anime without sub? Hehehe

May 14, 2019
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