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How to see learned Japanese words

Hi everybody, I have figured out how to see the Japanese words in the browser. To do this first you have to open the home page with any other course in the browsser, then open the duolingo app on the phone and go to the Japanese course. Now go to words in the browser. Duolingo will open the Japanese words. Hope this helped somebody. :)

June 12, 2017



I didn't know about the "word" feature; it seems quite useful.

Thank you for pointing it out!


Here are two things bothering me: I wish they would either use the dictionary form (e.g., もつ) or at least the polite form (i.e. もちます) - to have もち show up on a flashcard is confusing. Likewise, having 出 on a flashcard and then assigning it one meaning is frustrating and probably not the way to go.


Which courses have this "words" feature? I don't think I've seen it before.


I think that every course in the browser had this. I am using German.


No, it's only courses between the six original languages, which were built with a different architecture.

So your method word with the proviso that you're on a course that has a Words tab. Thanks for figuring this out. I'd used more or less this trick for other languages, but hadn't worked it out for Japanese as yet.


If it's this easy to get to the word list for a regular user (thanks for the tip!) then there's no excuse whatsoever for not having the words menu linked in on the web from the start. The architecture obviously isn't significantly different.


Well, the fact it's notoriously buggy and a source of unending frustration for those who pay any attention to it could be one.


Other than EN→JA course, the only course I've used is JA→EN which didn't have it. I also have EN→Hebrew in my list on this account, but that one didn't have it either.

Anyway, I added the EN→Spanish course and tried to do what you said, but it doesn't work...

When I click on "Words" it just goes to the good ol' "Japanese for English is not yet supported on web." page. I was pretty interested in checking out what the Words feature is like. :|


Same here :-/


Ooh. I got it working! It doesn't seem to work everytime, but after trying repeatedly it finally worked.

I would give it a few more goes. ^^


I think there's an added wrinkle that you can't use the Home tab, since that's part of the new website while Words is part of the old one. It's probably easiest to have the tree with a Words tab opened to Discussion when you go to the app / other tab to switch to Japanese.

I'm surprised you got it to work with 0 XP in the Spanish course. Sometimes it hasn't seemed to work until a person earned some XP in the tree with the Words tab.



I'm surprised you got it to work with 0 XP in the Spanish course. Sometimes it hasn't seemed to work until a person earned some XP in the tree with the Words tab.

Yeah, I think that was the thing causing the problem when I tried doing it with the Android app. When I go on the Spanish course (or Hebrew, which I have 0 XP in too), the app keeps shoving the "Choose a path" screen in my face, to choose whether to start at the basics or to try the placement test.

The app seemed to resist me switching course while that page was displayed, as I'd have to click Japanese several times before it would finally switch. And then the browser refused each time to open the "words" page.


Ahh indeed, I had Spanish on the home screen, but if I go the discussion tab before switching to Japanese in the App it works!! Thanks!!


Thanks) It's cool! ^__^


Thank you! I finally managed to get it to work! However, I didn't have much luck with trying the exact same way you mentioned.

The Android app was being really annoying with switching courses. I tried the exact way you mentioned several times, but it didn't work.

So, instead, I simply opened Duolingo in two separate browser windows and did it that way (without using the app at all, just using the html trick to switch to Japanese instead). I managed to get it to work a few times this way.

"Japanese words learned: 998 Words" !! o.O


Could you possibly explain how you did this? It's not working for me either haha


Are you able to access the Japanese course on your web browser? Otherwise, the way I personally did it will take rather a long time to explain — I would have to explain the html trick (which, no matter how carefully I explain, people often reply that it doesn't work for them).

I can explain how to do this with the app instead, as I can now get it working (thanks to what Piguy3 said in a comment above - about needing to be on the discussion page when you do it).

  1. browser: Switch to Spanish course.
  2. browser: Click "Discussion".
  3. app: Switch to Spanish course.
  4. app: Switch to Japanese course.
  5. browser: Click "Words".

Where I said "Spanish course", it can be any course which has the Words feature. (French probably has it? So you could do it using that instead.)

Once you've done those 5 simple steps, it should almost definitely have worked. On your browser you should now see the "Words" page of the Japanese course. ^^


Thank you, it worked now! <3


On my phone (iOS), what you have as step 3 would amount to picking up my phone and waiting until it resynched with the server to switch to Spanish automatically (since that's the tree the entire account is set to), in the case that wasn't the last tree I'd been working on on my phone. Is that what you meant?


Yeah, I knew step 3 would seem strange.

The Japanese course is unique. While you are on the Japanese course on the Android app, it won't resync when switching tree on the browser (it stays on Japanese in the Android app forever, unless you manually switch it in the app yourself). I don't have any iOS devices, so I'm not sure if this might be different in the iOS app.

The purpose of step 3 is simply to make sure you are not already on the Japanese tree on the app (because if you were, then step 4 wouldn't work without doing step 3).

However, step 3 doesn't actually need to be the same tree as step 1. It can be absolutely any tree, so long as it's not the Japanese tree. It's simply important that in the next step you switch to the Japanese course (away from any other course).

Here's a more precise step-by-step:

  1. browser: Be on any tree which has the "Words" feature (such as Spanish or French).
  2. browser: Be on any page which still uses the old site code (such as by clicking "Discussion").
  3. app: Be on any tree except the Japanese tree.
  4. app: Switch to the Japanese tree.
  5. browser: Click "Words".

If your app currently isn't on the Japanese tree, and if you are reading this discussion with your browser on one of the courses which has the words feature, then the only steps you'd need to do anything for would be steps 4 and 5. ^^


Interesting. Japanese resynchs on iOS like any other tree. The Android situation sounds like it could merit a bug report.



Interesting. Japanese resynchs on iOS like any other tree. The Android situation sounds like it could merit a bug report.

I'd say the situation with iOS sounds more like a bug than Android. Maybe not a "bug", as such, but just that this functions in a more sensible way on Android than it does on iOS.

If you are currently doing the Japanese course on your app and you want to read discussions on the browser, then you have to switch course on the browser (because it just says Japanese is not yet supported on web). So you switch your browser temporarily to a random different course solely in order to check out the discussion forum.

On Android: this won't throw you off your Japanese tree onto that random course you had temporarily changed to.

On iOS: this will resync you to match that random course you clicked in the browser. This sounds very annoying, especially if the only course you are doing is Japanese and that other course is there purely for your browser to have access to the discussion forum and no other purpose (which is my situation - or rather it would be if I used the app at all...).


@piguy3 Also, speaking about resyncs and bugs, here's something interesting:

If neither the Android app nor the browser are currently on the Japanese course, but then you switch to the Japanese course in the browser (using the html trick)... If you then re-open the Android app (where, as long as the app isn't on the Japanese course, it will try at this point to sync to the current tree on the browser)...

In this case the Android app hangs. This is probably because it wasn't expecting the user to have been able to switch to the Japanese tree outside of the app. :P

I don't know if this is the same if you do this on iOS?

This wouldn't be reportable as a bug in the way I've described it, since the Japanese course isn't designed to be selectable on the browser anyway.

How it could be a real bug, though, is if you had multiple mobile devices... Say you switch to the Japanese tree on your iPad: if you were then to click the app on your Android phone, then it would try to resync and may well encounter this exact same problem. ^^;


I've been doing the JA→EN reverse tree on my other account. I'm level 14 for both (and been doing both on web rather than app).

  • Lv14 EN→JA "Japanese words learned: 998 words"
  • Lv14 JA→EN "English words learned: 1686 words"

Just thought the difference was interesting. Of course, the JA→EN tree has been around a couple of years longer and is a bigger tree — so it's understandable that it will have more words. ^^

However, even though I've completed both trees, I doubt these word counts are the totals for either of them. But I had reached 998 words a week ago and the count hasn't increased at all since... So maybe I'm wrong? Anyone have a higher word count for this course?

* edit *
(Oops. Helps if I get the numbers the right way round. Fixed.)


Notionally, I think if you've done all the lessons, you've seen all the "words" as far as the structure of the tree goes. The Words tab does show different conjugations, etc separately so has a greater count than the basic lexeme count, but it could still certainly top out. I'm surprised the English for Japanese tree has only that many words, though!


I don't think I did every single lesson individually. On some parts of the tree I used test out (or w/e), either just to try out that feature or because I was getting impatient with some of the easier sections of the tree.

I usually stick to doing "Strengthen Skills" rather than repeating any lessons.

I wonder if these things could cause me to potentially miss out on encountering some words. Maybe I should go through all the lessons again to catch words I could've missed?

As for the JA→EN tree, I'm not sure if my word count is the actual total for that tree either.

When I reached the end certificate of the JA→EN course in September 2015, at that time I added up the number of lessons in its tree. I don't know if more lessons might have been added since then, but here is my count for both trees:

  • EN→JA = 185 lessons
  • JA→EN = 295 lessons

So, 998 words and 1686 words fits quite well for how many lessons I counted in each tree. It would mean the EN→JA tree has 5.4 words per lesson on average, while JA→EN has 5.7. Quite similar averages if those are the actual totals. ^^


Forgot to think about testing out. Not a consideration for me in Japanese, but I have tested out of large portions of other trees and then reviewed them comprehensively. At some point, obviously, the rate of new words adding to the total does slow to a trickle, if that.

I think if new lessons had been added to the JA→EN, you would know it by having had to do them to regain the golden owl.

In theory, strengthen skills should obviously present you with all the words in the tree. Problems with this do prop up pretty often, with people observing that no matter how much they strengthen a skill won't get back to gold, the standard remedy for which is to redo the constituent lessons. In Guaraní I actually redid lessons a lot because there were words that just seemed to show up in strengthening very rarely, if at all. Can't imagine this would add up to having much practical impact in terms of the current diminutive Japanese tree if you've got some background in Japanese, but one never knows I guess.


Hi MilosRados, I would like to see my Japanese words, but the instructions don't work for me because I don't have a phone that has apps on it. Is there a way to do it just on a desktop? Preferably a Mac? Thanks so much!


I don't think your operating system should matter.

For you (assuming the trees mentioned for you are from English):

  1. Go to your Spanish, French, German, or Italian tree.
  2. Go to Discussion
  3. In a separate browser tab change to your Japanese tree
  4. Go back to the tab from step 2; go to Words

And it should be your Japanese word list.


Woo Hoo! It worked! Thank you so much, piguy3! I'm so happy to finally have access to it.

I'll save the instructions in a safe place! Have some lingots too!

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    This doesn't work for me. I get a 404 error.


    Just did it again (i.e., followed piguy3's instructions). Still works! Note: I'm doing this in my Chrome browser, on a Mac desktop computer!

    Have you tried it in Chrome? If you don't have Chrome, try it in a different browser.


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