https://www.duolingo.com/Rhabarberbarbara

Celebrating my 2 year streak and N5 in Japanese

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When I first started on Duolingo never would I have expected to reach a one year streak (let alone 2). Seeing as I was able to surpass my own expactations, I decided to celebrate with a couple of sweet virtual owl cookies for anyone who wants some.

The cherry on top of my streak is reaching level N5 in Japanese. I took the Japanese Language Proficiency Test back in July and just found out that I got an A. I think this calls for some dango...

And all of this is thanks to Duolingo for making language learning part of my daily routine. Now let's eat some cookies!

August 30, 2017

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https://www.duolingo.com/satishvc
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Congrats! Well done

Edit: Arigatou for the cookie :)

August 30, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/Rhabarberbarbara
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Thank you, have a cookie!

Edit: どういたしまして

August 30, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/tommybex
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Well done, you should be proud. :) I wanted to learn Japanese when I was younger, like 16, and I brought loads of books that have been under my bed for about 5 years now.

August 30, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/Rhabarberbarbara
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It was similar for me. I had started learning once before but only last year I found the time and will to really start again. Maybe it works for you, too

August 30, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/tommybex
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Maybe! I find Japanese, Korean and Mandarin really interesting but would struggle too much with either. If I get the chance to do it at uni I'll give it another shot! :) Right now I'm motivated for French & Italian.

August 30, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/Rhabarberbarbara
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Then I hope your university offers those courses. Bonne chance!

August 30, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/Thomas_Wesley
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My mom bought me some "How to" Japanese books for my 22nd birthday. I'm 35 now and just finished one of them. You've still got plenty of time! (I probably know several thousand words in Japanese now)

August 30, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/Rhabarberbarbara
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Your mom has a good taste in presents! Did you ever take on of the JLPT tests?

August 30, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/Thomas_Wesley
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She does! And no, I have not taken any test. I think that's something I will strongly consider doing once I finish the duolingo course, and I feel a bit more confident in my knowledge of the language...

August 30, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/Rhabarberbarbara
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Then I wish you all the best once you feel ready to take it

August 30, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/Thomas_Wesley
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Thanks!

August 30, 2017

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おめでとうございました!

August 30, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/Rhabarberbarbara
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ありがとう! Have a cookie!

August 30, 2017

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CONGRATS!

August 30, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/Rhabarberbarbara
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Thanks! Take a cookie! I have to admit I am quite envious of all of your 25s. Do you consider yourself fluent in some of your languages?

August 30, 2017

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You are very kind! Maybe I should not answer your question so that I would not feed your envy! Oops, I guess I gave it away... BTW, reaching level 25 was 'easy' during the Immersion days!

August 30, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/Rhabarberbarbara
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Well I guess I have to live with my envy. And yes I do remember the Immersion times, and I did use it now and then for French and Spanish. But all the spam and retranslating something that was already good stopped me from going there often. I prefer reading books in my target languages (Currently Harry Potter y el prisionero de Azkaban) and listening to podcasts.

August 30, 2017

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You must have been mixing with the wrong crowd(s)!-) I found great working teams in Esp, Por, Fr, Ita, Ger, Ro, Ru, Ned and Gk areas. You are right in that there were trolls around but they usually got singled out and excluded by the serious contributors. To me, the fun/tough part was translating into other (than my native) languages. What you don't see, is all the completed trees that go under the American flag...

August 31, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/Rhabarberbarbara
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Unfortunately I won't have the chance to go and look for a better crowd. And actually I haven't even once done it into my native language.

R.I.P. Immersion

August 31, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/Isrianth
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Congratulations!

I'm learning Japanese with Memrise. I'm waiting for the Duolingo Japanese course on the web platform.

August 30, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/Rhabarberbarbara
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Thanks, grab a cookie! Which memrise courses are you using? I'm also looking forward to the web release but mostly to the tips and notes.

August 30, 2017

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I'm using the official Memrise courses for Japanese. I think I'm making progress even though I'm learning other languages simultaneously and studying at university. I really need to learn Japanese with Duolingo. To me, Duolingo alongside Memrise increases my chances to learn better the basics of Japanese.

September 1, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/Rhabarberbarbara
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I don't think I have tried the official Memrise Japanese courses. I think duo is a great way to learn the basics if (and only if) there are tips and notes. I really hope the course will be moved to the web soon!

September 2, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/SoyHenry
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Congrats on your two years!

August 31, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/Rhabarberbarbara
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Thanks! Have a cookie. It will give you the stength and endurance to reach 4 years!

August 31, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/BLRT2000
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Wow, those are some impressive accomplishments! Great job! I aspire to have a streak like that and be skilled in the languages I'm serious about too. We're all learners trying to make it.

August 30, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/Rhabarberbarbara
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Thank you and grab a cookie! Which languages are you serious about? Wenn ich mir dein Profilbild so ansehe, vermutlich Deutsch?

August 30, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/BLRT2000
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Haha thanks! Das stimmt, und Ich seit ein Paar Jahre studiere Deutsch an der Schule. I've had to move around a lot though, so sometimes I was the most advanced student in German and other times I was the one who needed help catching up. More recently, Spanish is another one because I'd like to connect with some family members, and it'd give me an advantage education-wise (like English does). I'm not super serious about Italian. I just live in pretty close proximity to the country, there's been a lot of cultural exchange between the two (I have already noticed words that were taken from Italian, despite the fact that my native tongue is nothing like Italian), plus all the resources are here, my mom's an Italian language teacher, etc. It feels like I should be taking advantage of my circumstaces or else it'll be a missed opportunity. But I've rambled on long enough haha. What about you? Other than Japanese, I see Spanish, Swedish, French and Irish on your profile.

August 30, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/Rhabarberbarbara
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A slight correction:

Das stimmt, und seit ein paar Jahren studiere ich Deutsch in der Schule.

I don't have the excuse of having family abroad for motivation, lucky you! Which country are you from, incidentally? I guess your mom is rather supportive of your language learning?

My sister convinced me to start Spanish and I could not stop once I started. Luckily I have a Spanish colleague to practice my Spanish on.

I had 7 years of French in school so I simply wanted to see how much the tree covers. It was rather easy for me.

I have to admit that I dropped Irish. That language was for me the hardest I tried yet, and I guess my interest was not big enough to stick to it.

I have been taking lessons in Japanese and learned lots of Kanji. The duolingo course is nice to practice but (without tips and notes) not so good for learning.

And as for Swedish: I just really like it. It has many similarities to German and to English and is really fun to learn.

August 30, 2017

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Ah, yes! That does sound more natural. I'm from Albania! It's a small, poor country right across the sea from Italy. My mom is too busy most of the time, but I do appreciate her input every now and then. Wow, you sure stuck with Spanish for a while, especially since your learning experience started off as a recommendation! That's some dedication right there. ^^ Ah, I haven't checked out the French tree, but out of the trees I've started the German one includes the most stuff. Hopefully the French one refreshed your memory, at least. Huh. Was Irish too different from your native tongue? Actually, where are you from, if you don't mind me asking? But I do agree that interest/perseverance is what really enables you to stick to a language. I started Russian a few days ago, since i do know Macedonian (another Slavic language) but I just felt that it was a little too different and I knew i could not realistically juggle that many languages. I take pictures of the tips and notes whenever I have access to a computer. I really wish they'd add them to the app. They're so necessary. Such a different writing system like Kanji seems like it'd be super tough to learn. But just how tough is it, though? I wish I had some more perspective. I think I'd like to try out Swedish or Danish sometime in the future. They seem interesting. ^^

August 30, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/Rhabarberbarbara
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Albania is on the long list of European countries I have yet to visit. I heard it's beautiful.

Starting with Spanish actually wasn't so hard because it is quite closely related to French. Knowing some Latin was also useful. But yeah I guess my perseverance was rather strong.

I am from Germany (I kind of thought correcting you gave it away) so Irish is very different. It may be closer to German than Japanese, but my mind seems to be more compatible with Japanese.

I am very much interested in writing systems so rather than being afraid of Kanji I used Heisig to learn the 2300 most important Kanji. It's really fascinating. (And I am so looking forward to Korean...)

As for Russian, well I learned how to count to ten in Russian but the language isn't really attractive to me.

Do try one of the North Germanic languages when you have the time! I had lots of fun with Swedish.

August 30, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/BLRT2000
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I'm replying to this comment because it won't let me reply to your latest comment.

I think we do have many beautiful natural sights, but because of our constantly unstable political climate (oops, can't get into that!) and such issues, they aren't properly protected/utilised for tourism. Lots of illegal deforestation and general pollution is what i'm saying. It's pretty mountainous, and I do live near a mountain so that's pretty cool. I visit the sea every summer, as it can get really hot.

Yep. Romance languages are somewhat related to each other. Weirdly enough, I thought I'd mix up Spanish and Italian, but that's not really the case if you have something of a foundation in one of them.

That did occurr to me, but I didn't just want to assume you are German. You do express yourself in English very well, as far as I can tell.

Maybe I'll look into Kanji sometime, just to check it out. I'm quite curious about it. I have read a little bit about the Korean writing system, and it actually seems quite simple. I might be mistaken though. I have a friend who really wants to learn some Korean on Duolingo.

Haha, really? It's odd how some languages sound attractive to people and some don't. For example, I see a lot of people who think German sounds 'scary', but I don't really get it. It's kind of fascinating.

I really want to try a Nordic language just because. I do have a Danish friend, so i might.

August 30, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/Rhabarberbarbara
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Hm yes a visit there is on hold until a slightly more politically stable time (and there are quite some other countries I want to visit too). Germany rarely gets very hot, but I like going to the sea anyway.

True, I rarely mix up French and Spanish. I haven't tried Italian yet.

Then thanks for not assuming. I have been learning English for many years and I consider myself mostly fluent (though my accent gives me away immediately).

I would agree that the Korean writing system is quite easy. I mostly struggle with the pronunciation.

Oh yes, scary old German. The internet seems to be full of videos on German being scary. But I am rather fond of the sound of German and especially of its really big vocabulary.

Then I hope you get to visit your friend in Denmark. It's a really beautiful country!

August 31, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/Thomas_Wesley
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おめでとうございます! (Congrats!)

August 30, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/Rhabarberbarbara
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ありがとう! Have a cookie!

August 30, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/PandaSakuraTea

Congratulations! (especially getting an A in Japanese...I've heard it's a very hard language to learn!) (oh, and having such a long streak too!)

August 30, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/Rhabarberbarbara
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I got an A for the N5 test, which is the lowest level (there are levels from N5 up to N1), so it is not especially hard. Now I can continue learning and next year I might challenge myself with the N4 or N3 test.

August 30, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/flootzavut
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Congratulations!

August 30, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/Rhabarberbarbara
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Thank you! Have a cookie!

August 30, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/kanbutsu
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Well done! Do they give grades for the JLPT now? I thought you just either passed or you didn't.

August 30, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/Rhabarberbarbara
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For each of the sections (Reading, Grammar, Listening) you get either an A for more than 67% correct, B for 34% to 66% or C for lower than 33%. I think it is supposed to show you in which section you have deficits so you can improve. I got an A for all three of them.

August 30, 2017

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Congrats!!!

August 31, 2017

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Thanks, have a cookie!

August 31, 2017

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I was just enjoying some rice cakes at the announcement of my new Japanese club. However, I still have some left over and I am very happy for you. So, please allow me to share some with you.

Usagi Rice Cakes.

:)

August 31, 2017

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Ohhhhhh these are really beautiful! Thanks a lot for sharing! Let me give you a cookie in exchange. And have fun with your new club!

August 31, 2017

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pounces teh cookie!

August 31, 2017

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throws another one checks number of fingers

August 31, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/DuchessAvalon

Congratulations on passing the N5 JLPT. I am doing the Japanese course offered by Duolingo and hoping to actually take Japanese at my colleges sister campus next semester. May I ask how long you studied Japanese before you were confident enough to take the exam?

August 31, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/Rhabarberbarbara
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I had been selfstudying Japanese on and off for several years, but only took it up seriously last year. So around 4 months of lessons once a week, Heisig to learn the Kanji, lots of flashcards to remember them, memrise for vocabulary and a bit of Tae Kim for grammar. All in all less than a year plus what I remembered from previous attempts to learn Japanese.

Oh and around four weeks of the Duolingo course. Which covers most of the N5 vocabulary and most of the grammar (albeit without notes...). It was a nice add on right before the test.

If you decide to challenge yourself, good luck! I believe the next test is in December.

August 31, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/DuchessAvalon

I don't think I would be ready by December. But thank you for all the links, I think they will be very helpful for me.

September 1, 2017

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No problem, I like being helpful. The test is always held twice a year in July and December.

September 2, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/Legolas100

WOW!!!!

August 31, 2017
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