Is a tree 2.0 planned/in the works yet for the Japanese course?
First, congratulations to the Japanese team for bringing us this much-anticipated course!
As I travel down the tree, I've noticed that it's somewhat shorter than most of the other trees on Duolingo, and it's not delivering as much vocabulary as I've expected. Are there plans to expand the tree in the future?
Someone is putting time and effort into designing little tasks for members of the Japanese clubs.
For example, you're supposed to respond to this question:
I'm not sure how useful this is, seeing that this uses vocab not taught in the course. I think I'd prefer it if the developers used their time to improve the course instead: at least in my club, hardly anyone does anything, so this seems like a wasted effort.
Yup, exactly. As far as I can see, nobody in my club ever does anything with these phrases. I guess they are useful if you want to stretch your abilities a little (you can paste the tasks into Google Translate or imiwa? or whatever) but still - it's not where I'd put my resources, if I were the Duolingo Japanese team.
I just tried answering an auditory one, for the first time! I typed what I heard into Google Translate (to figure out what the question was) and then typed the answer into Duolingo.
Once you respond, they do provide you with both the written question and a translation. (But, as rizzeau pointed out, they do use kanji they have not taught in the course, so external resources are your friend.)