https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Saiga60

I finally reached level 25 in Japanese!

I finally reached the top level! I just had to tell someone!

https://drive.google.com/open?id=1xMwTQQb__o1AlpmBsKTX7vsCs9ECADlq

May 8, 2018

196 Comments


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/WitlessBittern

Congratulations! Have a lingot. I think this might be the first Japanese 25 I've seen. How long did it take you?

May 9, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Saiga60

A few weeks short of a year

May 9, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/WitlessBittern

Whew! Sounds about right, though. I flew through Esperanto and French, but between the crowns and the accents I've slowed to a crawl in everything else.

May 9, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Saiga60

It was very hard for me to get to that place where the mind starts thinking a little bit in Japanese. Only in the last few months. And, for the last few years, I’ve watched a ton of Japanese TV, movies and listened to Japanese music, too. It’s so completely different from English, but I’m just trying to power through on my own.

May 9, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Usagiboy7

@Saiga60, good call. Thank you for only sharing legal sources! If you ever have doubts, you can find the Duolingo Terms of Service Here and the Community Guidelines Here.

Also, congrats!!!

May 11, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/gcabildo

What websites did you use to watch TV, movies and listen to music?

May 10, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Saiga60

Well, the legal ones are dramafever.com and crunchyroll.com. YouTube has a lot of the music on it, legally, as well.

The other sites... I'm not so sure about mentioning them. Do a search for Asian dramas and/or Asian movies and you'll see all the web sites. But make sure you have a good javascript blocker on your browser and good malware protection if you visit any of them!

For music, I mostly like songs and artists I have found through shows and movies. I also search on iTunes for Japanese artists. Some of my favorites are Yui, Fuyu, Younha (who is actually Korean, but sings in Japanese, too), Bunny the Party, Puffy, nano.RIPE, Leola, and The Brilliant Green, to name just a few. That covers a range of styles, too.

May 10, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/DiegoDutra
<h1>Oh man, congratulations! I started recently... I am working on it! Success!</h1>
May 9, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Saiga60

You can do it! 頑張って!

May 9, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/DeathNoteFan333

Oh yeah I forgot here’s you a lingot boi.

May 10, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Saiga60

Thanks!

May 11, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Sebarbossus

you have very hight level in all languages, du hast ein sehr hohes level überall, tienes muy buen nivel en todos los idiomas, felicidades!, congrats!, glückwunsch!, おめでとう

May 9, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/DiegoDutra

@Sebarbossus , Thank you! Vielen Dank! Muchas gracias! Carry on studying! Success!

May 9, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ZetGirl

Just... how many languages do YOU speak?? You're amazing too!! Here, a lingot to you too! ps: is that luka crosszeria?

May 12, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/KanjiSenpai

I give you 5 lingots! Good job!

May 9, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Saiga60

あなたはとても優しいです!

May 9, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/RhinoBug

おめでとうございます!嬉しいね!

May 8, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Saiga60

私も!ありがとうね!

May 11, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/lernejano

That’s wonderful! These posts are always an inspiration to me.

May 9, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Saiga60

Thank you for the lingot!

May 11, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/KanjiSenpai

ありがとう!

May 9, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Saiga60

ありがとう、かんじせんぱいさん。

May 11, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/jeaniewayman

Good job!! That is so awesome! Keep going, you can do it!

May 9, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Saiga60

Arigatou, Jeanie-san!

May 9, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Nano-Robot

Congrats! =3

May 9, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Saiga60

ありがとう‼︎

May 9, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/SapphireSmoke

Congrats! I just started focusing on my Japanese - I hope to get there one day as well!

May 9, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Saiga60

You can do it!. Ganbatte!

May 9, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Polarisbreach

So tell me, will the questions continue to tirelessly repeat for every lesson until level 25 as they are doing until now? Because if yes, I'm giving up this app for now. It's exhausting and no fun at all.

May 9, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Saiga60

The questions do repeat tirelessly. But it was kind of like “Wax on. Wax off.” in The Karate Kid. By the time I finished, the responses were ingrained in memory and reflexive. And I developed greater intuition about grammar and structure.

Now, as I approach the last few categories to turn my tree gold again under the crown system (three left!!), I find myself able to correctly answer even those questions I’ve never seen before. So please don’t quit, the repetition may be the key to actually learning.

As Mr. Miyagi says, “No try. Do.”

May 9, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Polarisbreach

Yea, you might have a point there. I guess I'll "do" then. Thanks for the pep talk, ベストキッド!

Getting the tree golden and reaching level 25 is for now my only motivation to continue enduring the repetition. ;)

May 9, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Saiga60

ganbatte!!

May 9, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/WitlessBittern

A-a-and we've already found the post of the day.

May 9, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/AlecDuolingo

Great job! I’m donating a Lingot, this is a HUGE milestone! :D

May 9, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Saiga60

Thanks!! Love the lingots!!

May 9, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Whiskkebarr

Congratulations! My ultimate goal is to also reach level 25 in Japanese. Great job!

May 9, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Saiga60

You can do it!

May 9, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/IsakNygren1

いいですよ。^^

May 9, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Saiga60

そうですよ!

May 9, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/David_FEB_

Well done! Take a lingot for your hard work!

May 9, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Saiga60

ありがとうね!

May 9, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ingochris

おめでとう! Congratulations! I reached level 10 today. Have you used any other resources, or did you start japanese from scratch on Duolingo?

May 12, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Saiga60

Thanks. I had many other resources. But Duolingo was crucial to my learning. And I still have a long way to go.

May 12, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Mirson8

Yeah! :) Hard work should be always rewarded! Not begging.

May 9, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/NtateNarin

Amazing work! Congratulations, Saiga60! :-)

May 9, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Saiga60

Thank you!

May 9, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/green-wings

Saiga60さん、おめでとうございます★ 継続は力なりですね!

May 9, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Saiga60

そうですね、ありがとう‼︎

May 9, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Zena614897

Have a lingot! Great job!

May 9, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Saiga60

Thank you.

May 9, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Sebarbossus

congratulations! feicidades we! おめでとう

May 9, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Saiga60

ありがとう y muchas gracias!

May 9, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Fuurinkazan.

おめでとうございます!

May 9, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Saiga60

ありがとうございます!

May 9, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/emilyrebec250560

Congratulations! You're an inspiration!

May 9, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Saiga60

Thank you.

May 9, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/EthanSarra

good for u

May 9, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Saiga60

:-)

May 10, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/DeathNoteFan333

i'm no where near, but i've learned quite a lot, im moving to japan to teach english someday after i get a bachelors degree in college.

May 9, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Saiga60

I want to do that too!

May 9, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/DeathNoteFan333

if only i had a japanese keyboard :'( T I M E F O R A M A Z O N

May 9, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Saiga60

Don't know what platform you use, but I actually changed system language/keyboard to Japanese on the iPhone and then used voice dictation for most of the responses, correcting the input with the built-in keyboard as needed.

May 9, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Jerika987

oh damm, you on fire

May 9, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Saiga60

:-)

May 9, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Hua_Tri

I'm just level 12, i'm from Vietnam. Are you? nice to meet you

May 9, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Saiga60

Level 12 is good! I am from the United States. It is nice to meet you, too. はじめまして。

May 9, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Hua_Tri

Thank you, my English is not good, but i'm trying to learn it and Japanese, i wish could study everyday like you.I like Japan too

May 9, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Saiga60

So far, your English is almost perfect. You must study a lot. Good job!

May 9, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ShiotaniKouki

Does it get really hard as you get harder in levels? I'm just doing japanese for fun so I dont know

May 9, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Saiga60

I thought it was hard the whole time! But I had fun all the way through. It did not get so hard that I felt discouraged. You should keep going!

The one part that confused me a lot was learning that "ki" (from "kiru": to wear) is for things you wear above the waist, and "haki" is for things you wear below the waist.

I am still using it every day, even though I reached level 25.

May 9, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ShiotaniKouki

Ah I see. I'm fluent in Japanese so thats why I'm doing it for fun. //Japanese is my first language

May 10, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/WolkZayets

Japanese actually has a lot of words for "wear"

If you wear glasses, it would be "メガネをかける". If you wear a ring, it would be "指輪をつける"。For a necklace, it would be "ネックレスをする"。If you wear a hat, it would be "帽子をかぶる"

とにかく、レベル25に達しておめでとうございます :)

May 11, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Saiga60

Thank you. I made notes :-)

May 11, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/BattleProgrammer

Do (did) you learn japanese only here? What level of this language can DuoLingo give? (i mean, N5, or, maybe, N4)

May 9, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Saiga60

Many sources, but learned more here than anywhere else. I think I might pass the N5 exam now. Need to learn more kanji first.

May 9, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/zanzaboonda

Great job. Congrats!

May 9, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Saiga60

Thank you!

May 9, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/martin650146

congrats mate! have a lingot, one question, was it only this app you used or did you use other means aswell?

i only ask because i am trying to learn myself and i am slowly getting the hang of the basics of hiragana and have no idea how that translates into actual conversations or even sentences yet, i am a slow learner but want to learn as much as i can.

May 9, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Saiga60

Before Duolingo, I picked up a textbook and I tried a few websites, but they weren't very engaging. I learned hiragana and katakana using some online flashcards. I watched a lot of Japanese TV and movies (and still do), during which I would look up and save interesting words and phrases. And I bought a CD-based language program that I still listen to in the car.

It wasn't until I started Duolingo that my learning really began to take shape. It kept me engaged and set goals for me, so I kept doing it--and I still keep doing it.

The grammar and such in the textbook -- I could understand it at face value, but one has to use it to really learn it. Duolingo made that possible for me in a very specific way. Let me try to explain how I think it worked for me...

Duolingo would present me with a sentence pattern and drill it into me with accompanying vocabulary words. Then it would present variations that would force me to make errors. From there I would have to figure out what was different and how to fix it through trial and error. Inevitably, I would figure it out and the process would repeat itself.

It feels very much to me like the way a child acquires language. My ex-wife and I adopted our son, Matthew, from Hong Kong when he was 2-1/2 years old. It was fascinating to watch him learn English by copying his older sister. He would sometimes apply Chinese grammatical patterns with interesting effect. Then he started getting it right. And then he exploded into perfect age-appropriate English within a few months. All by trial and error.

In a similar way, I learned some words, I tried to put them into sentences using English patterns, I would compare them to the correct answers, I would rearrange them until it worked. Then I would try to memorize the new pattern. Then I would be confronted with new rules and new patterns that built upon previously acquired patterns.

To me, it is like doing puzzles.

I am no linguist, however. So if there is a real linguist reading this who would like to explain how it really works, I'd love to learn more about it.

Thanks for the Lingot, Martin! And keep at it. Japanese is hard -- until it isn't. Only recently is it starting to become easier. I'm starting to reply to my Japanese pen pal with less effort these days. Words and phrases are now in my brain where I can retrieve them, which surprises the sh*t out of me, really. It's starting to happen and I'm really excited about it. You just gotta put in the time.

P.S: BTW, I created a few decks in Tinycards that I use a lot, too. Search for my username, Saiga60, if you'd like to try them. And if you notice any mistakes in them, please let me know. I'll fix them right away. I've been hoping that more people will find them and use them.

May 9, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/martin650146

thats great help bud, i will look up your flash cards once i finish learning the very basics (crawl before you walk type thing lol).

i will have to try chatting someone in japanese, i dont currently anyone to speak to, to help me along.

i knew it would be a slow and steady process, i just hope to pick up a feew tricks along the way.

May 10, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/zanzaboonda

The question was not directed at me, of course, but I feel I can offer some suggestions until Saiga60 replies. :)

I learned hiragana and katakana before Duolingo's course came out. I used a flashcard system to do that and also created stories to help remember. For example, か looks to me like a person leaning forward and doing a KArate chop. に looks like a person's legs, with one knee (ni) bent. く makes me think of Cookie Monster about to eat a cookie (ku). Etc. For me, I could only learn these through a lot of repetition. Because I already knew those going in, I could never accurately evaluate the beginning of the tree. I know there are TinyCards decks, if you prefer a flash card approach, as well as many other fine resources.

I love, love, love Duolingo's course, and it has helped me SO much. It is designed to get you to a JLPT5 level (think: basic communication), so there is not much kanji involved. That is not Duolingo's fault, per se. This is in line with international standards. But it can make things both easier and harder to read, for various reasons. I think Duolingo's course gives you a great foundation, and the repetition will help you see patterns in the grammar and particles, etc. It's a solid start, and if you can get through everything and understand it, you'll be well on your way to being able to learn through other methods if you want to extend your knowledge.

I have studied kanji separately (especially using Anki and WaniKani), and I've found that even if I can't remember the pronunciation, I can remember the meaning of many of them, so I might not be able to read a sentence out loud, but I can comprehend more of it, as most Japanese is written with a mixture.

In general, if there is a kanji, it will be used because 1. It's like writing shorthand (especially in the digital era) and 2. There are so many homophones (words that sound alike).

I'm sure there are even more reasons than I am aware of, as I'm by no means an expert.

I hope this helped answer your questions a little. I'd love to see what Saiga60 has to say!

May 9, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/martin650146

hey there, yeah i use a similar system, か looks like a broken k in pain so it would say AAA=ka i know seems silly but it is helping so far.

the thing i am struggling to understand right now is understanding how the different types of Japanese fit together and how do you know when to use which one at which point, but i will get there...hopefully lol.

May 10, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/zanzaboonda

Ahh, yeah. That's tricky at first, but then it starts to make sense. Katakana is mostly for foreign loan words and onamonapia. Kanji is used for most vocab, I would say, though I'm still fuzzy on that. Hiragana is used for particles, some words as a general practice, and also word endings/suffixes, etc. The kanji have multiple pronunciations, and I believe you can possibly tell which is onyomi vs kunyomi based on whether or not there are obligatory (?) hiragana attached to it, but I can't remember at the moment. Lol I know just enough to know there's so much that I don't know! But it's all starting to make sense. Slowly. Very slowly. Also, I like your "broken k"!

May 10, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/vaughndurant

Well done! You are the first level 25 in Japanese I've come across so far.

May 9, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Saiga60

I wish I were first. There are others before me.

May 9, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/MyaRexa

おめでとう!!! How much do you think you have learned? Enough to carry on a general conversation? Do you plan on taking on the reverse Jap tree, maybe? :D

May 9, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Saiga60

I am meeting my Japanese pen pal (girlfriend, I'm pretty sure, I think, hopefully, maybe) in Seattle next month. I'll let you know, then, if I can carry on a decent conversation. I fear I'm still a little shallow in the vocabulary department. But what I do know I can say really quickly, now. So that's good.

I might try the reverse tree, too! That's a good idea.

May 10, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Saiga60

Update: Tonight, she pretty much confessed to me, so I'm really, really high on love right now.

May 10, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/WolkZayets

Here's a cute Japanese song and video that you can dedicate to your new love

http://www.dailymotion.com/video/x2r7rro

And here are the lyrics

http://www.utamap.com/showkasi.php?surl=B02141

May 11, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Saiga60

Thanks! She studied French in University so she'll probably like it a lot.

May 11, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/FurukiKami

What is the reverse tree?

May 11, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Saiga60

I think it's when you tell Duolingo that Japanese is your first language and you want to learn English.

May 11, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/gcabildo

Wow! Congratulations!

May 10, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Saiga60

Thanks!!

May 10, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/J_Tchaikovsky

Wow!

May 10, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Saiga60

:-)

May 10, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/steveinjapan

おめでとうございます!私も頑張ります!See you at the top! :-)

May 10, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Saiga60

やった!ありがとう!

May 10, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Nick.Blank

Genius! Good job!!

May 10, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Saiga60

Thanks!

May 10, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/willtmurray

Congrats! That had to take some time. I plan on getting there myself if that's the finish line.

May 10, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Saiga60

Thanks, Will! You should definitely go for it. The repetition really helps to root this stuff in your brain.

May 10, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/snurupol

well done!

May 10, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/DeathNoteFan333

I’m now learning not only Japanese, but Korean and Chinese to. The struggle is real.

May 10, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Saiga60

I was trying to learn several languages at once, but I narrowed it down to Japanese for now. Korean is next.

May 11, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/OGeak

Hey omedetou, do you have any pieces of advice to help me with Japanese I'm just starting and I have trouble reading :/ Also what YouTube channels/podcasts/music bands/series/movies do you watch and listen to? Thanks

May 10, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Saiga60

Hi. My advice is to watch a lot of Japanese TV and movies. And find a pen pal.

I like The Brilliant Green, Bunny the Party, Yui, and a bunch more. I'm not up on the most current bands in Japan because I learn mostly from movies and TV.

I only explore YouTube every once in a while, so I don't have a lot of recommendations for channels, etc.

I am watching the J-dramas Segodon and Minshuu no Teki right now. I really like historical J-dramas a lot (and I'm a sucker for Korean romance dramas). Taiga dramas and asadora are always awesome. Beppin-san and Onna Joshu Naotora are great. My tastes might be different because I'm a little older.

Loved the Japanese movie Fune wo Amu (a great anime, too). And because I'm a single father, I really liked Usagi Drop (also a great anime).

I've drifted away from anime, lately. But I've watched a ton of them.

May 11, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/imi_imp

congratulations! it's a short tree, but a fun and exciting one!! my dog sells hats... anyway, i'm glad for you! but it's only the beginning in a very hard language. you have 2000 kanji to look forward to :/ here's to hoping you get level 25 on spanish and korean as well! and level 25 doesn't mean it ends here. when i got it i felt like i had nothing left to achieve but there's always revision to be done and now we have crowns to motivate us ^^ but i was two weeks short of receiving them... :( good luck on your language learning journey :-)

May 10, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Saiga60

Your dog also climbs a tree! Japanese dogs must be really awesome.

Yeah, level 25 isn't fluency, that's for sure. But I think it's really good for getting an intuitive sense of the language. I think it's the perfect beginning for successful serious study.

May 11, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Windybreezes

Congrats!!

May 10, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Saiga60

Thank you!

May 11, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Seattle_Scott

Congratulations. It's inspiring to see people here that enjoy the Japanese course. It's good to see the positive feedback. It's a reminder that despite the errors and it still being in beta, that it's helpful to people.

Sounds like you and zanzaboonda are both doing it right, using other references as well as Duolingo. Ultimately you need to use various resources to learn.

I can't comment on the effectiveness of the Japanese course because I'm a long time speaker and lived there for years, but it's been hugely helpful for me with Spanish and German. Those languages too I've supplemented with books, flash cards, youtube etc.

Good work on making it to level 25.

May 10, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Saiga60

Thanks, Scott. I'm jealous of your Japanese ability!

May 11, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/MonthDayYear

Congratulations! That's a huge accomplishment! How many XP did you aim for a day in Japanese?

May 10, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Saiga60

Well, I had my quota set at 20 so I wouldn't ruin my streak if I had a busy day. When I'm on a serious lingo bender, I usually do 80-200 a day. I just try to keep the streaks going. You, too, apparently!

May 11, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/OkinakaAta

You deserve a nice lingot for your perseverance

May 10, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Saiga60

Arigatou, OkinakaAta-san.

May 11, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/SydneyWhitfield

You did a great job I'm proud

May 10, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Saiga60

Thanks, Emily. Now you have to catch up to me :-)

May 11, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/KellyYanet2

Wow! That is great. Mis más sinceras felicitaciones, buen trabajo :)

May 10, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Saiga60

¡Muchas gracias y arigatou!

May 11, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/KellyYanet2

^ω^

May 11, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Saiga60

Is that “nyanhongo”?

June 4, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/_Nanachi_

本当におめでとう! =D

May 10, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Saiga60

あなたは優しいです。ありがとう。

May 11, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/RyeRye02

Is there something you used to help you say all the characters together, because i know all the sounds of hiragana but its hard for me to piece them together right now

May 10, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Saiga60

I read every sentence out loud as I answer them in Duolingo. Makes my cat crazy.

May 11, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/HezyTech

Well done!

May 11, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Saiga60

Thank you.

May 11, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/KetertoMalkut

You deserve a lingo for that!

May 11, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Saiga60

Thanks!!

May 11, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Kenny988262

congratz! :)

May 11, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Saiga60

Thanks!

May 12, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/NguyenThanhDuong

Congratulations you and don't forget to reach level in another language

May 11, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Saiga60

Yes, Nguyen-san, thank you. Korean is next.

May 11, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/FurukiKami

Can you get higher than level 25?

May 11, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Saiga60

I wish. I want to learn more. But 25 is the highest.

May 11, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/cesarcasta21.5

well here you good job

May 11, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Saiga60

Thank you, señor Cesar Casta.

May 11, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/pandacoffeee

An accomplishment to be proud of!

May 11, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Saiga60

Arigatou, Panda-san!

May 12, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/MomoUK-KR

Good job!

May 11, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Saiga60

Thank you!

May 12, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Vkrj9

Good job.

I just started yesterday, feels like I'm in for a wild ride.

May 11, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Saiga60

Ganbatte! You can do it.

May 12, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/piguy3

Congrats again! Out of curiosity, what platform were you using? Level-up notifications and accompanying lingots have gone missing for many of us.

May 9, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Saiga60

I use iOS on iPhone and Mac OS X. I did receive Lingots from Duo this time. Maybe they fixed it?

May 9, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/RooyAguirre

Muchas felicidades. Tell me, how long did it took you? Any advice?

May 9, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Saiga60

Muchas gracias. It took almost a year.

I work from home, so I use Duolingo as my procrastination habit. I usually do a couple of hours a day. That's probably overkill for most people. I watch a lot of Japanese movies and TV and listen to Japanese music, as well, to get my ear tuned to the language.

I also joined one of Duolingo's Japanese clubs. I like the little exercises and the competition to get the most XP each week.

I keep a Japanese language course in the CD player in my car. So whenever I'm driving (by myself) I listen to the lessons.

Finally, I have a Japanese pen pal, but she is so good with English it makes me lazy when I talk to her. But we do chat in Japanese more often, lately, because I'm getting better. She visited me last year, and we're going to meet in Seattle next month. Maybe I'll impress her this time!

May 9, 2018

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    Is this course any good? When it came out I found many errors or weird translations that doesn't make any sense to say to my Japanese friends or my family, and how does it compare with Lingodeer and Drops?

    May 11, 2018

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/FurukiKami

    How good is Lingodeer?

    May 11, 2018

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Saiga60

    It's very beta, but I like it.

    Lingodeer didn't hook me when I tried it. And I've never tried Drops.

    Everyone learns differently, so you might find that something else works better for you. But I certainly recommend Duolingo.

    May 11, 2018

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/FurukiKami

    I see

    May 11, 2018

    [deactivated user]

      Thanks for the answer and congrats! :)

      May 14, 2018

      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/parkeplace

      That’s amazing! I tried, but found the alphabet was challenging. Congratulations!!

      May 12, 2018

      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Saiga60

      Yeah, seems daunting at first. But you will get the hang of it. You should keep going.

      May 12, 2018

      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/KU_UNI_Prolifer

      You did a great job!

      May 12, 2018

      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Saiga60

      Thank you!

      May 12, 2018

      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/F_rancais838

      Wonderful! How many Kanji have you learned? I've been wanting to go back to studying Kanji, but it was very tedious for me.

      May 12, 2018

      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Saiga60

      I've probably learned about 800 so far. Familiar with maybe 1000. I keep drilling myself. I'm learning about the radicals, too (individual elements of kanji).

      Since I have a Roman alphabet brain, I find it fascinating that I can understand some words and sentences but not know how to say them -- because I recognize the kanji but forget how to pronounce them. Not used to separating meaning from sound.

      May 12, 2018

      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Kalabasak

      Have a lingot! Great job!

      May 12, 2018

      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Saiga60

      Thanks. I'll put it to good use!

      May 12, 2018

      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/DragonOfTheNorth

      Enjoy an ingot! Well done!!

      May 12, 2018

      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Saiga60

      So many generous people. Thank you.

      May 12, 2018

      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ZetGirl

      Woah congrats!!! Here's a lingot, that's so cool!!

      May 12, 2018

      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Saiga60

      すごい!ありがとう!

      May 12, 2018

      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/hoangdq

      おめでとうございます。

      May 13, 2018

      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Saiga60

      ありがとうございます

      June 4, 2018

      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/11100100

      すごいよ

      May 13, 2018

      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Saiga60

      ありがとう!

      June 4, 2018

      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/IceCreamCrackers

      Wow!

      May 13, 2018

      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Saiga60

      :-)

      May 14, 2018

      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/zintact

      nice job!

      May 14, 2018

      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Saiga60

      Thanks!

      May 14, 2018

      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/nugraha803439

      Congrat Saiga60, I started learn 5 days ago and my journey still long way to go.

      May 15, 2018

      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Saiga60

      Level 11 already? You're doing great!

      May 22, 2018

      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Cynthia917460

      Good for you! Congratulations!

      May 15, 2018

      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Saiga60

      Thanks

      May 22, 2018

      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/vcordero07

      congratulations!

      May 17, 2018

      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Saiga60

      Thank you.

      May 22, 2018

      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/xxMaiko

      Congrats! Your hard work paid off!!!

      June 4, 2018

      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Saiga60

      Thank you

      June 4, 2018

      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/St3llarXL

      Great m( )m u can have this

      July 11, 2018

      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Saiga60

      Thank you.

      July 11, 2018

      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/YamEnele

      CONGRATULATIONS!!! I want to ask.. did the Duolingo really helps you in learning Japanese even the kanji???

      November 7, 2018

      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/RebeccaLFox

      That's amazing! I'm level 14! Keep it up! x

      December 3, 2018

      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Batzorigj

      Congratulations.

      July 1, 2019

      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Hazeldite

      Gosh!!! Congrats on your endurance. :D

      September 11, 2019
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