Ladies and gentlemen, we have exciting news! [ALPHA Testing!]
Happy Holidays, everyone!
This might be the greatest news we've gotten all year--the Japanese course Tree 2.0 is now in development! We've on-boarded two additional contributors (one English-native speaker and one Japanese-native speaker), and the course creation process has officially begun!
The new course will teach around 400-500 kanji, along with enough grammar to prepare for the N4 level of the Japanese Language Proficiency Test, or JLPT. We're so excited to introduce all this new material!
While the second version of the course is in development, we require two-to-three alpha testers who are willing to use the new course actively and provide us with error reports and general feedback before beta. You'll gain exclusive access to our chatroom, so you can let us know if there's an issue with the upcoming course. 募集中！We're actively recruiting alpha testers starting today! If you would like to apply, please fill out this form and write us a brief essay about why you would like to contribute to alpha testing. Be sure to write "alpha testing" in the box that reads "In Japanese ...". No need to write any actual Japanese there.
We look forward to reading your applications! Best of luck, and please let us know your thoughts on Tree 2.0! We can't wait to share the final product with you early next year!
Amazing! Will this expansion address some of the common complaints found in the current tree as well? For instance some kanji are taught in the early lessons but abandoned after level 1, and I've noticed folks have taken to re-writing the lesson sentences in kanji in the comment sections - sometimes with errors that confuse everyone. Additionally, there is a lack of variety in the lessons themselves. I sometimes get asked to translate the exact same sentence several times in a single lesson!
How proficient do you have to be in japanese and what other criteria are there to apply?
You should be proficient enough in Japanese to be able to try out the entire course relatively quickly. I would say level N4 (lower-intermediate) is a bare minimum.
Sadly i think i'm a bit away from that still. But hopefully i might just be up to scratch for the beta test if i can keep things up the way i'm doing now. :)
I am a simple man. I see Nichijou, I upvote. But yeah, let me know how progress goes!
Fantastic news :) Just a thought, be sure to tell us what we aren’t getting, otherwise people will be disappointed by their imaginations.
Great news to hear! For those of us not Alpha testing, approximately when can we expect to see the new course released in Beta?
That question is a double edged sword. If they answer and don't make the deadline, they get a lot of harassment. If they don't answer, people get irritated. =(
double-edged swords are quite tricky, hmm. I just hope they get it done soon ;0
Hi mevans10, to take the Japanese for English speakers course, and the English for Japanese speakers course, folks will need to download a language pack. It will work with an English keyboard. I see that you are level 18 in the Japanese for English speakers Tree 1.0. May I ask what you've been using to navigate the course?
I think he, as well as me currently uses the phone to learn japanese on the Duo App
I can't wait!! I very much wish to be capable of speaking Japanese fluently, so I look forward to this!!
Great news, but I can't help wondering exactly where those wonderful animated gifs originated ^^
Wow! I'm really happy with that!!! [OFF Topic] I wish the Arabic course comes out next year as well. ;-;
I'm so excited!!! Thank you for working so hard! Also, welcome to the new course contributors (and soon, thank you to the alpha testers!)
Is there any "timeline" for when it's expected to go live? I'm almost done with the first tree. (I'm going slowly right now because there's no more tree..)
As if this news wasn't good enough, the 日常 gifs made this post.
Quick question: how much of a commitment will alpha testing be? I would really like to help alpha test, but as a college student I'm not sure if I'll have a whole lot of free time.
Hey, i was thinking of starting to learn japanese now, but do you think it is better if i wait until the new version comes out? do you have a rough estimate of when it will be released?
If it means we'd have to do it all over again to get the best out of the course, I'll be putting my Japanese studying on-hold (on Duolingo at least)
Hopefully it won't be too long!
I hope I can be an alpha tester. Since my Japanese tree is golden and I'm not on level 25 yet so it would be nice to go forward with a 2.0 tree.
This is great news! I am not quite high enough level to volunteer but perhaps I'll get to n4 After some more hard work. I enjoyed a short use of the stories feature and I'm super excited about the prospect of Stories for Japanese being released. Thanks Duolingo team for this incredible resource.
I'm looking forward to it. If I'm sitting at crown level 80 with a 92 day streak, and there are currently 200 total crowns in the course, I'll have the tree cleared by May of this year!
Luke, this person is deaf and would like a strategy to help with reading Kanji that doesn't require only audio. Would you be willing to take a look at it? I know that we have a fair number of d/Deaf folks using the courses on Duolingo. https://forum.duolingo.com/comment/30046613
What about further levels? Will the tree evolve to N3, N2, possibly N1?
I'd love to help testing it unfortunately looks like I'm underqualified. Still, I look forward to try the beta version. I realy appreciate your work. ありがとうございます
Will the new tree include better audio? As the sentences get more complex, the robot voice is sometimes hard to understand or is just plain wrong.
Just my speculation, but to all of those asking "when" we'll have something to work with, he said "early next year" which IMO means the first 4 months.