June 23, 2017




June 23, 2017



October 27, 2017


Why? I'm curious lol

December 31, 2018


Because if you're trying to learn Japanese, then you have got to know how to speak Japan in its native tough

February 1, 2019


Oh no im wrong!!!

May 11, 2019


For a Chinese, this question is so easy LOL

July 12, 2017


For a Bartian, this question is like... Uh, duh? Am I missing something? Edit: From reading the other comments, it seems that perhaps they moved this question around or something...

August 27, 2019


The question came before duolingo teaching the meaning of the word. I got right just because i am learning Japanese parallel to this course.

June 29, 2017


Tap the word.

July 2, 2017


That only works of they give you the Japanese and ask you to pick the English translation. If they give you the English word, and make you pick from Japanese choices, you can't tap anything for a definition.

July 3, 2017


I've always heard it was "nippon".

Is there another word? Is this an accent matter? Or everyone was simply wrong?

October 27, 2017


Both "nippon" and "nihon" are used as pronounciation of 日本. As for when to use which one that is really hard to explain/define and seems to be also related to personal preference. However, it seems NHK always uses "nippon".

October 30, 2017


Nippon is just the more formal and nationalistic way of saying it. They will say it instead on speeches and stuff. Most people will just say Nihon

July 2, 2019


it's an accent

October 30, 2017


How do you type in japanese?

October 18, 2017


When doing this course on PC, I have a table where I have the hiragana and katakana saved to "copy & paste" them - which somehow feels like cheating. But alas, my keyboard has no Japanese symbols. But for my mobile phone I can/could download and install keyboard layouts for Japanese amongst others. Maybe, if you're using a mobile phone, you could look if something is available. (at least for my Windows Phone it is offered) But I am not sure of how to type Kanji "directly", too.

October 24, 2017


In my tablet i have a setting where you type a word on your keyboard then its translated in Japanese

December 1, 2017


it does kanji?

July 12, 2019


Yes, its in hiragana at first but you can change it to kanji.

July 13, 2019


On Windows 10 I set up japanese keyboard by going to "Settings" -> "Time and Language" -> "Language" and added japanese as a language with "Microsoft-IME" keyboard.

With this you can just type japanese syllables using the latin letters on my keyboard. You can switch between Hiragana and Katakana with predefined shortcuts and the Kanji symbols are just offered when typing Hrkt (Hiragana/Katakana).

August 17, 2018


Sebkasanzew Thanks, I set that up and it works.

September 23, 2018


I use this online keyboard for it but niahrya's method sounds better, tbh. Can still try it if you want though: https://www.lexilogos.com/keyboard/hiragana.htm

September 23, 2018


Keyboard >languages >language input >japanese

February 1, 2019


If you are uaong android then use the Gboard app and add Japanese to the languages. Then whenever you want to type then click the globe button at the bottom

February 1, 2019


That's just hiragana tho innit?

July 12, 2019


It'll automatically suggest fitting/common kanji. For example, it would suggest 日本 from にほん. More obscure kanji are a bit of a pain in the ass, and since romanizations are bullshat at best with duolingo it can be hard to get how you input hira/katakana to actually be what it should be to get the suggestion.

July 17, 2019


Why does the first character of China sounds like juu, but by itself sounds like naka. Sorry have trouble typing the characters.

November 20, 2017


It means both but for some reason they have the sound as naka. Naka is middle and this kanji's meaning can change depending on what kanji it's next to.

December 10, 2017


What exactly does the other Kanji mean exactly?

February 1, 2019


Use Chu(u) not juu

December 3, 2017


Can someone explain the Kanjis separately? Just curious.

December 28, 2017


日 (に or ni) means sun. 本 (ほん or hon) means origin. So, "origin of the sun" or "land of the rising sun."

June 6, 2018


It's 'just symbols', like Hiranga, but two entirely new ones. So it feels weird to translate, again :/

August 25, 2017


So is the "日"and "本" katakana or Kanji? Somewhere in the comments i saw that this was easy in chinese (im just redoing these lessons cuz im bored) and i know that kanji and Chinese are related in away (not really going into detail how) but yeah...kanji? Or katakana?

October 30, 2017


Kanji. Katakana is for grammar. (FUN FACT: 日 = Sun, and 本 = Root or origin, so 'Nihon' (also pronounced 'Nippon') literally means 'Origin of the Sun'.)

July 28, 2018


本 can also mean book. So ほん(hon) is book and 本屋 (ほんや) {honya} is bookstore

October 31, 2018


its kanji katakana different

October 30, 2017


Just a quick explanation on hiragana, katakana, and kanji: Hiragana and katakana are both phonetic(sound) alphabets. Hiragana is used for Japanese words, while katakana is used for foreign words (ex. アメリカ). Kanji are characters that each represent an idea and have multiple pronunciations (but you'll learn those later).

July 29, 2019


Shouldn't 日本国 be correct as well?

November 28, 2018


はい, It should be.

February 18, 2019


Would not 日本国 be correct aswell?

February 18, 2019


I think you could but it would be more like saying "the country of Japan". 日本 is what's always used to refer to Japan anyway.

February 18, 2019


Chinese are all loughing

December 19, 2017


Hi everyone. I just have to ask this question : in Japanese, there are two ‘types’ of Japanese. I think the kanji one is easier that hiragana. But does duolingo has the Kanji version?

April 20, 2018


in fact: the Japanese language consists of Kanji as well as of Hiragana and Katakana. Both, Hiragana and Katakana, are "syllable alphabets" out of which Katakana is used for words which are not originated from within Japan (like words borrowed from English or people's names for non-Japanese [people]). Theoretically, it would be possible to "substitute" the Kanji with Hiragana. But "in the real world" you wouldn't get too far, with only the knowledge of Hiragana and no Kanji. I tried to get my hands on Japanese with some small introduction units at a local "Japanese culture center". Hiragana and Katakana were ok to learn... but I couldn't get the Kanji into my head, to be honest.

Within Japan, you will often see the mixture of all three, even in one sentence: Kanji, Hiragana and Katakana. Sometimes there is a way to write the syllables of Hiragana/Katakana with the letters we use. This is called "Rōmaji". But I rather saw this in learning materials to help understanding the names and pronounciation of the syllables. And sometimes, when an uncommon Kanji is used, a translation in Hiragana stands next to it (sometimes directly above) so that the reader might be able to get the meaning.

But that's all I know about it for now. I hope that helps, Hafsa.E - I only "leveled" the Japenese language to level 6. I don't know if there are Kanji later on in the tree. (It might be possible, but since it is still in "beta"-version the tree might be still incomplete.)

April 20, 2018


I only knew this because the other two don't mean Japan

April 23, 2019



June 14, 2019


Nippon as well?????

July 28, 2019


Why is duolingo teaching me the word in the 4th lesson after i had to learn how to use it in sentences? Lol It's so backwards sometimes.

August 25, 2019


4th level i meant

August 26, 2019


Fun Fact: Nihon is Japan, which is also sunrise island(i think)

October 8, 2017


It means something along the lines of "origin of the sun" based on the kanji.

October 30, 2017


It's composed of the Kanjis 日 (に) which represents a rising sun and 本 (ほん) which represents a tree. So 日本 is the island of trees and the rising sun.

March 22, 2018


That's not the kanji for tree though 「木」, it is the kanji for book though. But in the context of 「日本」it means "origin". Hence, "origin of the sun".

August 27, 2019


Oh my god!

January 30, 2018


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