Unknown words - how to handle?
How do the makers of the Japanese course envision the learner dealing with translating words that have not been introduced yet? This comes up again and again, so it must be intentional and not an oversight. My solution is looking them up (I use the imiwa? app) but is this cheating? What do you want us to do?
Just tap on the word, a dropdown tab will appear showing the translation of the word.
Neither using the Duolingo hint, nor looking it up, is cheating. Using the hints is probably a bit better in that it lets Duolingo know that you don't know it or remember it.