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Japanese Upgrade? More Kanji?

Hi Everyone

Firstly I want to say that for the most part, I am thoroughly enjoying the challenge of learning Japanese with the assistance of Duolingo. The only main issue I'm finding at present is with longer sentences containing that contain a lot hiragana and very little kanji. I'm finding when I'm doing one lesson after another, the words eventually start to all blur into each other as there isn't much to break up the sentences.

Does anyone know if there are any plans in the near foreseeable future to incorporate more Kanji into Duolingo's Japanese lessons?

Thanks in advance for your response :)

March 6, 2018

11 Comments


https://www.duolingo.com/piguy3

I don't think anything like that will be possible until the course is out of beta since it'll take a new tree version, which is only possible after beta exit. It seems like that that milestone might be a while yet, although Chinese and Swahili recently made it out (to the chagrin of many of their learners), so who knows.

I share your desire for more kanji. If Duolingo can manage to present learners with Chinese sentences written only in characters, then there's hardly a reason it can't manage more natural use of kanji for Japanese.

March 6, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/translateilidh

I agree - I studied Japanese formally for six years, and still got tripped up by being asked to translate "last year" in a sentence. I went with the keyboard and tried 昨年, after which it marked it wrong and wanted きょ年, which is a very weird way of writing that.

In general though, pretty happy.

March 7, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/Ruel-Stroud

Apart from the fact that I barely decorated the few kanjis that the app presents, I support that they add more, one day I will have to learn all kanji anyway...

March 6, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/XavierChan12

I hope it upgrade too

March 7, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/rizzeau

This is one of the most asked questions since ever. The course is flawed, with explanation of grammar, kanji and all that sorts of stuff. We all would love to see more kanji, but I don't think it's gonna come. Or that the course would come out of beta anytime soon

March 9, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/piguy3

Or that the course would come out of beta anytime soon

Given the recent, widely bemoaned, exits of Chinese and (even more so from my standpoint) Swahili, I don't think it's inconceivable it might get out of beta reasonably soon. The question will be how developed it's managed to become by that point.

March 9, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/harutojanaiyo

The program is still in beta. I hope it is "upgraded" when it's out of beta.

March 6, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/harutojanaiyo

Korean is also very detailed and in beta, though.

March 7, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/piguy3

Is this mostly a comment about lack of Tips and Notes in Japanese? Agreed that's something of a mystery, although it has nothing to do with beta or not. Some courses launch with great Tips and Notes; some never seem to get any. The Korean course was actually planned to be something like twice as long as it is, but they shortened it to have something available for students. In contrast, I think Japanese was deliberately kept among the shortest courses on the site. Maybe Duo felt competitors nipping at its heels so felt it needed to get something out, even if abbreviated.

March 7, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/mirocu1

I s'pose we'll lose all progress with our trees if a new comes along?

March 6, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/piguy3

What you've learned so far will be saved, but you'll have to redo lessons where new vocab has been added and obviously do for a first time anything wholly new. For example, when the new Dutch tree version came out, sometimes a skill will go back to learned after just doing one or two of e.g. seven lessons, since those are the ones where new vocab was added. So all in all it doesn't necessarily take too long. Of course, many of us would be hoping for a very large expansion of the Japanese tree (it's one of the shortest on the site), which would necessitate the completion of a good number of entirely new skills.

March 6, 2018
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