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Reviewing Learned Kana

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Hiya, everyone! Been giving the Japanese course a shot after years of waiting, and so far, it's not too bad!

One of my biggest issues with it, however, involves the inability to review previously learned kana. Since this will be my first time using the mobile app (long time desktop user here), unless I'm missing something, there apparently to be no way to review learned vocabulary and, in the case of Japanese, the individual characters we come to learn.

For example, in my German course through the web browser version, there is a Words tab where you can view the word, its gender, its definition, and its part of speech. While this system itself isn't perfect, it's good for a sort of resource.

As we Western learners are undertaking the immense task of learning an entire new "alphabet", some sort of way to review what we've learned other than the "strengthen skills" option would be highly beneficial. If there is no plans to ever add anything like this to the seemingly barebones mobile version, please keep the importance of such a section in mind as the web version is being developed.

1 year ago

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There is a Tinycards course for kana. You can also use Memrise. The web version will probably not have the Words tab anyway.

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Paralars1

I don't mean to nag you, but I don't think it is an "immense task" to learn kana. You get used to it pretty quickly using Duo, and it's only about 100 characters

And I'm sure there will be a "Words" tab in the web version eventually

1 year ago

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True. But most languages don't have the words tab and for some users it disappeared recently.

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/AllyZieMage

There's also another mobile app called obenkyo that will quiz you solely on the kana (choice of hiragana or katakana) along with you being able to scroll through all of them if you don't want to be tested. I think this app is also useful later down the line in learning Japanese because it has the kanji and vocabulary levels for the JLPT that you can test with if you're ever planning on taking that.

1 year ago