Japanese for English Speakers
Would love to be able to learn Japanese with Duolingo!
It's clear that there is a demand for Japanese for English Speakers. That not need be debated. What is challenging is that it is one of the harder languages to teach. As a written language, it has a number of different scripts, each with their own multiple meanings, though the introductory grammar and spoken word is not too demanding. What remains to be debated is how this will be funded, for it needs native speakers with a passion to put this together, and the skills to interleave learning in the different written scripts. Mondly, a paid service, is an obvious model. Is it possible for the Japanese government - or some Japanese entrepreneur - to fund this open source exercise? And what are the Duolingo protocols about progressing such a suggestion?
I also have been hoping for that too. My main goal is to learn the native languages of all the major car brands in the United States. I am working on German and Spanish and eventually I will get to Italian and Swedish, but I need Japanese and South Korean as well if I want to be more marketable for the Automotive industry. I plan to be an automotive design engineer and I would need to be able to communicate with the other engineers in the native countries.
Since Japanese to English is still in beta, it might be a little while before they start working on the reverse though. Well, I got plenty to work on in the meantime.
If you go to https://incubator.duolingo.com/courses/en/ja/status it shows the status as released from Beta. But it isnt available to select anywhere. Even Klingon is available for English Speakers! Is there a reason it says released from Beta, but isnt available, even though other lower phase languages appear in the lists?
You're looking at the wrong incubator program, that one is "English for Japanese Speakers"
This is the one you're after: https://incubator.duolingo.com/courses/ja/en/status
It is still in Phase 1.
"Alvarez told the Trib that Duolingo expects to launch a Japanese course for English speakers in May in response to high demand."
date: March 3, 2017
Take this for what you will. I too would like to learn Japanese.
You don't need a different keyboard. You just need a japanese IME where you type in something like "hana" and get "はな" and then it will give you a dropdown-list to choose the right kanji. Japanese people do it this way. The only difference is probably that they only have to press 2 buttons for hana instead of 4. :)