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Please share ideas for improvements and tips for the course to help others learn Japanese more efficiently. I especially would like Japanese and Chinese speakers give input about the way kanji is taught. Thank you!

February 19, 2018

3 Comments


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    Kanji should be taught earlier. There are homophones in Japanese eg hashi. 箸/橋 look a lot nicer, and kanji saves space too. I find it harder to read Japanese only written in kana, but kanji has cons too. The only drawback to kanji is that I confuse it with the Chinese reading because I'm a native Chinese speaker, so I think they should have kanji with furigana.

    February 19, 2018

    https://www.duolingo.com/LanguageAmbrosia

    Well first of all, Duolingo should teach hirigana first and get down a basic foundation before teaching the Chinese-based alphabet.

    February 19, 2018

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    I agree, but are you talking about katakana or kanji? I am a beginner in Mandarin and Japanese, but I believe Duolingo's Japanese basics should: 1) Completely avoid katakana for the sake of efficiency. 2) Focus on hirigana phrases for easier sentence construction.

    February 19, 2018
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