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Japanese from English - Off to a great start

I would like to compliment the efforts of the team who put together the Japanese course. I can appreciate the level of customization that went into this. Japanese is a unique language in so many ways. One of the key benefits of Duolingo in my very limited experience is the use of sentences. Vocabulary lessons are great and have their place, but sentences and grammar take you farther, faster IMHO.

I am not new to learning Japanese, but I am basically new to Duolingo. I consider myself an advanced beginner at Japanese. I took a Japanese college course eons ago and passed the JLPT5 a few years back. For Duolingo Japanese from English, I was able to test out to level 7 which put me over 1/3 of the way through the tree. I still have much to learn and there is much opportunity here for reinforcement.

I would like to encourage more emphasis on grammar in the lessons. For example, particles, sentence structure, verbs and adjectives take some getting used to.

I look forward to being part of this wonderful community here. I will be glad to help with some answers to basic questions in the comments areas of the course. I look forward to learning more Japanese from the app and website (eventually) and how to learn languages from all of you!

June 9, 2017


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Hello! I also have to compliment the team. As a beginning learner of Japanese, it is really nice to ease into the Hiragana and Katakana characters. I have noticed that as one moves up in the levels, the vocabulary becomes more difficult. One suggestion I have is that you first explain what the vocabulary means. Some lessons start right away with translating a sentence into English using the new vocab, and I have no idea what the new vocab means, so I have to guess, and obviously I'll get it wrong. But once again, many thanks for providing the course. I do enjoy it! Sioety


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