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Japanese sets its sights on Irish!

After the number of learners learning Japanese overcame those learning Turkish, the Japanese learners have come increasingly close to the Irish learners. Do you think they can catch up? Post your thoughts below.

Bonus!: I have been trying to say "Japanese sets its sights on Irish" in Spanish, but am not having any luck. Does anyone know how to say this in Spanish, or at least something close?

November 20, 2017

23 Comments


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Woof.

I'm rooting for Irish, but Japanese is going to win. :P


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Mindstorms

I think you are right. Japanese is incredibly popular.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Mindstorms

Japanese learners just passed up Irish! Your guess was correct :)


[deactivated user]

    Wow! I wouldn't be surprised if it goes past Dutch and Swedish at some point. (o_O)


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/FreeHelicopters

    Japanese is a very practical language to learn for English speakers its also a very safe nation that holds the same values of personal freedoms we do, with a unique culture.

    I'm guessing Japanese eventually passes many languages.


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/piguy3

    It's also a nation in inexporable decline, an insular state falling off a demographic precipice with no opening to the immigration that is its only hope of maintaining its unsustainable social security system or addressing its 245% debt to GDP ratio.


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Mindstorms

    Yeah, Japan is having some problems; but then again, isn't every country?! ;)


    [deactivated user]

      I don't think it will ever beat Spanish. I think the translation is: El japonés se fija en el irlandés


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/RyanOkushi

      Probably not. Spanish is too commonly spoken of a language.


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Mindstorms

      Yeah, I agree with you. Spanish is more widely spoken than Japanese, so it will probably never be overcome by Japanese learners.


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Woof.

      I highly doubt that. At the most, it'll beat Russian.


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Maughanster_

      And probably Portuguese and Italian eventually.


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Woof.

      Mmm... Portuguese probably, I think it'll only come close to Italian though.


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Maughanster_

      And I think that Korean is well winning the race against Ukrainian and Welsh to get to one million learners. It grows 10's of thousands a day!


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Hxvan

      I may not be correct, but I translate that as "El japonés posa su vista sobre el irlandés"


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Elisabeth3789

      I've been rooting for Japanese advancing past Irish and I think it will, but I also noticed that the rate of increase in learners has slowed down substantially! It's been stuck at the current number for at least a week it seems! I'm checking every day, and at first the numbers went up sometimes more than once a day! Not right now though...

      Are new potential learners getting discouraged by all the griping about the Beta troubles with Japanese? I hope not. It's still a great course, and useful too. And as they add more options to the permissible translations, some of the issues are improving!


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Woof.

      Two weeks later, Japanese has won!


      [deactivated user]

        Wow! (°o°)


        https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Elisabeth3789

        Another few weeks have passed, and Japanese has passed Swedish too. It's now approaching Dutch! (only 250k away, though by the time it gets close to Dutch, the Dutch learners will have increased too. After that, 2 million to go to catch up with Russian... Any bets?

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