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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.

March 20, 2013

37 Comments


https://www.duolingo.com/cocotier

Japanese would be great but I am also hoping for Russian to be added.

March 22, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/Brice

show your support for the japanese language addition :) http://img38.imageshack.us/img38/7919/5tei.jpg

September 15, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/raydancer

Chinese is in the works (according to <a href="http://youtu.be/AZBOaigVM68?t=26m6s">this response</a> from Luis von Ahn), so I'd imagine Japanese would be added eventually. I wouldn't expect either soon though.

March 21, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/Sy_ing

The Chinese version was promised at December , then March next year(2013)....and now 2013 is almost over... I'm waiting for the Japanese version

December 21, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/Usagiboy7

The video isn't working for me :(

December 21, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/TheGandalf

Yeah, I think Japanese would be a good next language to add. Or perhaps Russian. :) Something with a different alphabet would be nice.

March 20, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/Riverclanawesome

Agreed about the alphabet thing. Then we could write to are friends in a diffrent alphabet and nobody could figure out, unless they know the language

May 22, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/Usagiboy7

You can use Katakana to spell out English words even before the course comes out. There are only 48 characters. :) But, make sure you find the correct stroke order or you'll develop bad habits that won't serve you well when the actual course comes out.

December 21, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/StormWolf19

Yes i would love to learn Japanese!

March 20, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/Maaak

Me too!

November 26, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/davtom

Why the down-votes? It's a perfectly reasonable request. I would like to see it added too.

Have an up-vote to counter one of the down-votes.

March 20, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/VeeDrawStuff

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.

March 20, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/slytherclaw

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.

March 21, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/VeeDrawStuff

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? ;-)

March 21, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/Maaak

Actually, I agree. There are a lot of things that simply aren't translatable. And your right, with a language that has syllables rather than letters, it gets sticky quicky! Then throw in 2000 kanji characters!!!

November 26, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/manlal

Yes I would love to learn Japanese. I work for Japanese car manufacturer and would at least like to know what some of the execs, are talking about. It may also help in some promotions.

March 21, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/samedavelaj

korean would be a good addition ^^

March 22, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/oka-loka

Japanese please.

March 27, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/rortron

Yes Japanese next!

April 17, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/Glenn_Cunha

Chinese would be a great opportunity for us too.

March 21, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/edvoltolini

yes thank you someone who understands. I went to Japan for 2 weeks but had no idea of the language so i didn't have much fun :/ but thats a good idea!!!!! DUOLINGO SHOULD HAVE JAPANESE!!!

March 27, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/laur3n

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!

April 2, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/Windinmyhair27

I want to learn Dutch!!! That would be more fun than Japanese no afence.

March 25, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/.Ryuzaki.

A fence was taken... And it was my fence damn it!

March 25, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/Windinmyhair27

Sucks for you! My fence is perfectly in-shape!

February 4, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/TheGandalf

:D

March 25, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/Riverclanawesome

Part of my family is dutch so i think it would be fun! Ryuzaki I think it's just her opinion and don't swear!

May 22, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/Windinmyhair27

Thanks, River! I agree on the swearing thing because most people don't like it and it's good website launguage not to swear.

February 4, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/Riverclanawesome

I want latin, it's the roots of the five love languages so i think that's what we should do. I also would like greek because like latin it is common in are evreyday language

May 22, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/PaulineAquino

i would really like to learn japanese which is really awesome.Is it just me imagining myself watching anime without subtitles o

November 28, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/family5

yeah i agree!!!!<3<3

March 20, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/walteradamson

Yes please that would be great

March 22, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/Evienic

I would second that request. I would like to learn and so would my son.

March 24, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/LivinTheWugLife

Korean and Russian would be awesome!

March 24, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/LeonieOra

There's Korean now! :)

January 15, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/pctrollbreath

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.

March 24, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/MagicPickle

i would love that

January 9, 2014
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