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Learn Japanese on PC or phone app?

Hello :) As per the question in the title, should I start learning Japanese on the PC version of Duolingo or the mobile phone app? Usually I do duolingo on my computer because of the higher difficulty (less tapping exercises etc.) However, I heard the style of the Japanese course is a bit different to other languages on Duo. I am just interested in which will help me learn best, convenience is not a factor, as both PC and phone app are equally convenient for me.

October 27, 2017

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https://www.duolingo.com/rockerbox

Mobile version. The PC version is honestly just the mobile version put onto the computer, so that means that it has the same tapping exercises as the mobile version, and the mobile version is just easier to do tapping exercises on (smaller device, no moving a cursor around, etc.).

And if you care about XP for any particular reason, well, on mobile you can get the XP bonus on lessons.

October 27, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/OmegaGmaster

The tapping exercises were removed. (At least the sentence building ones; there's still Hiragana matching)

October 27, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/rockerbox

Oh, you must be one of the people that Usagiboy7 was talking about. I haven't gotten that yet. Interesting!

October 27, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/Usagiboy7

I like the PC version best. It allows me to use Timed Practice, which is really hard. I love the challenge and am enjoying the Japanese course because of it. The app won't give you any opportunity to practice typing in Japanese, only reading. The PC version is giving some people in a randomly selected test group the opportunity to replace one type of exercise (block matching) with typing in Japanese. I tried it, but, I didn't enjoy it as much in Timed Practice because I keep getting tangled up trying to switch my keyboard back and forth and then I usually end up with katakana or romaji up, even after previously changing it to hiragana. So, I'm sticking with the blocks.

I completed the course while it was still only available on the app. So, I've definitely spent time with both versions. It comes down to personal preference. :)

October 27, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/rockerbox

This comment gave me bad flashbacks to my Japanese class when I had to get my computer to switch between three different keyboards for ひらがな, カタカナ、and English. What a nightmare, and we didn't even cover Kanji in that course.

October 27, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/robin.fli

Since it is now available on both, I say both. The website version sound is better as there are times when I am using the app and I have sound problems when doing word/sound/character matches.

October 27, 2017
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