Japanese for English speakers: some problems
Hello, I've noticed a few issues with the Japanese for English Speakers course. I am aware this is in beta, however, the whole point of beta is to work out issues, so here are a few.
Learning Hiragana gets in the way of memorizing the vocabulary By this, I mean that there are 6 hiragana review cards for every 1 word review. I have found it incredibly difficult to remember words.
は particle is always "ha" even when it shouldn't be. The particle is sometimes pronounced "wa" as a topic marker, this should be mentioned.
More insight onto the vocabulary Things like Sayounara and Ohayou are not used in ways they mentioned. Sayounara is mostly used as a goodbye to someone you won't see for a long time, not your friend who's going to the store. And Ohayou is very casual, you wouldn't say this to your boss or tour guide in Tokyo.
EDIT: I also want to mention that Ohayou isn't inherently "Good Morning", its literal meaning is "Is early", *[you could say it in the evening if its the first time you've seen that person all day.]*
EDIT 2: @ReraCikap mentioned - "Some people use "Ohayou" even in the evening, but it can occur only when they start to work in the evening and only among colleagues."
- There aren't any pronunciation bots.I understand since Japanese is a syllabary and easy to speak means it is less needed than say Spanish, but it is still important.
Thats all for now, there are a few glitches in pronunciation. Another issue is that the vocabulary cards aren't on TinyCards yet, this would help with the memorization of vocabulary a lot. I hope these suggestions help. :)
I was thinking about Sayounara when I saw it. They listed it as Goodbye, textbooks do this too, but It's so rarely used. I've heard some Japanese people say they've never used that word. I heard about one Japanese person who only said it once, to his wife on his death bed.