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!
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?
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.
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?