Does duolingo actually work?
I'm doing everything, but I don't feel like I'm actually learning anything in Japanese. If you have any suggestions to help me learn better, please comment! Thanks! :)
Hello! I'm Japanese! I think that there are parts that can't be understood only by duolingo. The pronunciation is also somewhat different, the sentences are also strange parts. But please let me finish everything first. Japanese is very hard. First of all, let's study the basics firmly. The Japanese of duolingo is a little strange, but it is not wrong. duolingo can only learn the real foundation. That's why let's solidify the foundation! If you don't understand the foundation, nothing will start! I will post a useful site for learning Japanese this time. I hope your help in learning Japanese.... http://www.nihongonoki.com/blog/kotoba/post1748/ https://www.50languages.com/phrasebook/phrasebook.php?user_lang=ja&learn_lang=JA If you think that duolingo alone is not enough, look at these sites!(๑•̀ㅂ•́)و✧
Thank you so much!
Yeah, I wanna thank you as well! The second one looks like a good method do learn more from any language, not japanese only :)
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Duolingo is great but only if you have a grasp of the language already or as a supplemental piece of your learning. Free or low cost (USD) resources I'd recommend:
Mango Languages (free with a library card in many areas!!!!) Mango allows you to go as quickly or as slowly as you want through any of 54 different language courses. It explains everything with on screen text and a clear narration. The thing that makes this course different is it allows you to record your voice and play it against the recorded native speaker.
Human Japanese (lite ver. up to about chapter 7 / full ver. $9.99) This is my absolute favorite course for Japanese! It can be described as an interactive textbook but the language the author uses is informal and fun. You'll learn Japanese pronunciation, how to write in Japanese, grammar, vocab, and cultural tips all while the author jokes about things like how Japanese textbooks always use the name John and how to say "That wasn't chicken".
Collins Easy Learn Japanese Audio Course ($5.20) It's not a thorough course but it has an enjoyable speaker and teaches you some basics and helps to perfect your pronunciations. Especially handy if you spend a lot of time driving like I do.
NHK日本語 (free) NHK Japan is Japan's national public broadcasting station. You can visit their website (https://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/) or download their app and read about world news and news in Japan. They have a great podcast in English. I recommend listening to the podcast if you have a +10 min drive. If you plan on working or a long visit in Japan, this will help you understand what's going on in and around Japan. They also have some lessons in Japanese with pictures, audio, text, and worksheets to download. I haven't used them much but it seems like a good resource.
Kanji Tree (free) Not a course and more useful once you learn hiragana. This app quizzes you on essential Japanese kanji by grade and allows you to practice writing.
Infinite Japanese (Free ver. is more than half of the content / full ver. $0.99) This isn't a course but a word drop type of game. I've found that this is a good app to improve Kanji in an easy and casual way. I use it when I'm waiting on something for a short period of time.
Drops (free for 5 minutes or more each day / full ver. pricing varies) Another app that touts many different languages but only works as vocab. I can't say I'm sure that all the words are well used in Japanese but it's a nice looking app that's great to learn katakana and hiragana.
Thank you so much! You helped a lot!
I'm happy to help. It's also worth noting that your public library may have some good resources. In this digital age, we tend to forget about brick and mortar places. Last week, I found that my library carries many foreign language books and audio tapes. Right now, I'm writing on Kanji worksheets I scanned and printed from a workbook my library has. If your library doesn't carry much for Japanese then you can find something you like online and ask if they can order it.
Thank you so much!
Duolingo only helps you get the hang of a language and get maximum up to A2 level. After that, you should immerse yourself in the language more and learn the rest on your own -> practice makes perfect. Read books, try to write out new words as many times as you forget them; watch movies (the ones you like, even if it's translated) in your target language; try to chat with people online in your target language, and, if you're lucky enough, even catch a native speaker to practice with ;) Don't be scared of using the target language and making mistakes. Making mistakes is fine, it helps you learn.
Only by Duolingo you won't get far, but it can give you the basis you need. Good luck! ^^
Oh my goodness, thank you! :)
Nice aj profile pic. I used to play that game, but now i'm addicted to msp sksksk
What is the point of msp? my sister played it.
I only worked when you know some Japanese. I studied some Japanese before I went to Duolingo. It works when you know some ahead of time.
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thank you! :)