Learning Japanese Next?
Maybe the next language that we can learn is Japanese? I know many of my friends would be interested and it just seems like fun to me.
Why the down votes? http://duolingo.com/#/comment/229776
If found that link after searching the word japanese in the discussion section. I guess veteran users are tired of seeing the same posts, requests again and again. With that said, yeah I agree with all the sentiments expressed here but with japanese you have to consider the following:
If your native language is English, Spanish or Italian, you really must learn the kana (katakan, hirogana) first. Or well you can skip and jump right into kanji. (Note, I don't think romaji helps.)
People have to remember that many languages do not have direct translations or cultural connections. There are many phrases that do translate between English & Japanes.
Some people have problems grasping genders in romance languages and are complaining on DuoLingo, when there are free full explanations available throughout the web. Japanese has honorifics and different readings for the same kanji that would probably cause serious frustration and confusion.
Just some quick notes, hope it is helpful.
Kana's not too difficult to learn. Some of the first lessons can be just that. I agree with you though on pretty much everything else. That doesn't mean that it wouldn't be a popular language though, and (as with any language), the ones that are really dedicated to learning it will make the effort. The others will start it and end up quitting, but that will happen no matter what the language is.
Kana is pretty easy to learn, in my opinion . . . and kind of fun. Currently there are a number of kana/kanji learning apps available for IOS & Android.
I love, "liked", the Japanese alphabet song on YouTube
I've come to realize that learning any language is as hard as you make it. There are millions of infants, toddlers and kids learning Chinese, Japanese, etc. as we speak without these wonderfully fancy tools online. What's their secret? ;-)
Yes please! I'm super super motivated for learning languages it is my hobby! I want something like Japanese, I don't care how many hours, days, weeks, months, years it takes to learn! I thnik I'm halfway to fluency in Spanish after just over a year and I haven't had Duolingo that long, so I think I should be there soon!
Romanian might be a nice addition. Its in the same family as French, Spanish, Italian and Portuguese so fits in well with the current line up, and with the restrictions on working across the EU for Romanians being lifted soon, is likely to become a significant minority language across much of Europe.