https://www.duolingo.com/SanDigital

Please give word bank option for cell phones!

This new switch to typing Japanese works fine on the iPad and computer, but it's a major pain in the culo to type Japanese into a cell phone. Plus, I can only do it in Romanji... the kana keyboard is nearly impossible to figure out. If there's a way to type a little TSU, I can't figure it out (and an internet search came up empty)

On the computer, I have the option to use either the word bank or to type in Japanese. Why can't I have this option on my cell phone as well?

I swear, Duolingo... these last few months, it's like you have actively been trying to get me to stop using your app. I don't even know why I'm bothering to write here. One thing I've learned is that you don't seem to care at all what your users have to say.

April 29, 2018

19 Comments


https://www.duolingo.com/DestinyCall

Personally, I've switched to using alternative resources until the Japanese course gets sorted out on DuoLingo. There are many better options currently available, including the excellent LingoDeer app.

Infinite Japanese is a fun game that teaches useful vocabulary words. I haven't used them as much, but you might try Clozemaster and Ba Ba Dum for building and drilling Japanese vocabulary. Memrise and Anki are also great. There's a ton of Japanese learning options available, once you start looking around.

April 30, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/SanDigital

I'll have to check those out too. I'm just frustrated because I only have three units left to finish the Japanese tree, then I'll move onto a different language.

May 2, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/nick557563

Infinite Japanese has only 200 words for $5. Is that correct?

Perused some reviews .

May 14, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/DestinyCall

Yep, that sounds about right.

You can try it out for free to see how the game works and look at the rest of the vocabulary that it teaches. The first six word groups are unlocked at the start - each group covers a list of 10 related words. For example, numbers, colors, animals, vegetables. You can switch between learning romaji, hiragana or kanji and it teaches using audio, visual, and text prompts. To gain access to the rest of the levels, you would need to buy the upgrade, which unlocks fourteen more word groups.

If you are interested, I'd just try it out and see if you like it. You don't have to pay anything, if you don't like it or if it doesn't cover enough new vocabulary. Personally, I really enjoy using it for drilling when I have a little spare time. It's well-designed and easy to use.

May 14, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/Adnate.one

Does this kick in later in the lessons? I still have the word bank on my phone.

April 30, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/SanDigital

If it hasn't kicked in, it might soon. It was on my iPad a few weeks before it showed up on my phone

May 2, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/Clifford.Steven

If you’re using iOS, use the 日本語ローマ字 keyboard. You input the kana by typing in romaji. To get a small つ, type x in front of the character (e.g. “xtsu” will give you っ). This works for any character.

April 30, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/SanDigital

Yes, I have no problem with the romaji keyboard. It's the kana one I can't figure out

May 2, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/therealkieran

random recommendation: use google keyboard (gboard) and install japanese language input as your alternate keyboard. make sure you have it set up in qwerty layout. hit the little globe to switch back and forth between en and jp. autoconverts to hiragana/katakana/kanji as you type in romaji. auto-does stuff like small tsu, etc. available for both ios and android

April 30, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/ei283

Fyi, to type little tsu u type xtsu or ltsu. l is for little, and x also does the same thing.

May 1, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/SanDigital

The romaji keyboard isn't the issue. It's trying to figure out the kana keyboard that has me confused...

May 2, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/mbarlowm

iOS, 日本語ローマ字 keyboard, you can get the small tsu by typing those words the way you normally see them written in romaji. For example, "motto": when you type "mo" you get the "も", and then "tto" to get "っと". On the kana keyboard I have no idea how to do it, nor how to get the " or ° diacriticals.

May 1, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/Jeremy2392

I only have word bank on the app, and to get kana typing I need to be on my browser. Uhh is Duolingo different for everyone?

May 1, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/SanDigital

I believe everybody on Duolingo is in either an A or B group when trying new features, then after a period of time, they compare results. Nearest I can tell, Duolingo goes with the option people like the least.

May 5, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/Ahbabur

True, this really annoys the crap out of me!

April 30, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/TheCeliath

I am STUCK because of this. Trying to keep my streak and not being able to answer because I can't type it on my phone. I want the word bank back ASAP

April 30, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/DanaLorraine97

Completely agree, hate trying to use the app on my phone.

May 2, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/SanDigital

Hey Everybody. I found a workaround for those who hate trying to type Japanese on a phone...

Open up your web browser and go to Duolingo.com. The website has a mobile version, so it looks ok on your phone. It's not as nice as the app because you might have to scroll up or down to see everything, but at least the width is controlled. (You also get access to the boards and the wider spectrum of choices if something is wrong)

But, since it's technically the website, you can chose between the word bank and typing in the answer!

Nevertheless, I still wish they'd give the option on the app (and include discussion boards and the full feedback options for reporting a problem.)

May 5, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/BelaPuma

FM, if you want little tsu just type in the same consonant twice and a vowel which is needed

April 25, 2019
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