Is the Japanese course good enough?

I feel that compared to the other courses, the Japanese course is lacking and almost not effective at all. I've been doing Swedish for a while now and i have learned a lot. I may not be that good yet but I can at least read and understand a few children's books.

My Japanese however are at the lowest level possible. I don't think that Duolingo has done a good job with it. Whenever I take a new lesson I have to look up everything because Duolingo doesn't explain it enough or it kind off "rushes" over it. I never had to do this with Swedish or any other course.

Don't get me wrong, I love Duolingo but when it comes to Japanese I think I need to look somewhere else. What do you think? Am I wrong? Do you have any alternatives for Japanese learning?

June 13, 2018


No, you are not wrong. I think this course posed many challenges for the DuoLingo contributers. It has recently left beta, but still needs a lot of fine tuning to reach a good level, especially for absolute beginners to Japanese. There has been some progress lately, with the addition of better Tips and Notes.

For the time being, I recommend that you check out the app LingoDeer. It is similar to DuoLingo, but it was specifically designed to teach Asian languages and has many nice features, like furigana and kanji practice. It also introduces new concepts slowly, so you are not overwhelmed or confused.

June 13, 2018

I have finished the Japanese tree last year. But I'm still not at level 25 yet. It was surely not enough and I overestimated my Japanese skills which I found out the hard way after moving to Japan.

June 14, 2018

I'm a complete beginner and I'm actually very impressed with the quality of this Japanese course. I've tried many Duolingo courses and Swedish was my favorite one out of the ones I've completed. It's hard to compare a great course in a language that uses an alphabet and is also very similar to English to Japanese. As with any course, I always recommend supplementing with different resources.

June 13, 2018

The Japanese course is a good introduction to something like 1000 Japanese words. Yeah, that probably falls well short of what one needs to read even a children's book in a language not closely related to one one already knows.

June 15, 2018
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