Kanji isn't easy for deaf!


I am not a naive English "speaker" and is almost deaf.

It is almost impossible to learn kanji there. The kanji signs is only showed and I could only press speaker button. Doesn't even show what they means.

It is hard to me to make out and understand what they means. I had to copy and google every characters.

Could Duolingo make better with kanji lessons?

December 17, 2018


In every lesson, if you click on the little light bulb symbol, there will always be a chart of the kanji introduced in that lesson.

December 17, 2018

Kayl, thanks for that information! :)

It would also be good if there was the same accessibility while someone goes through the course, not just all in T&N. Hearing learners aren't required to only use the T&N. When there is audio, if there can be, there should be text as well. In other circumstances, Duolingo has prioritized this sort of accessibility. Even the podcast has on screen subtitles as well as downloadable transcripts. I'm hoping the Japanese course can update to be in line with this ethos. I am aware that the Japanese course has presented particular technical difficulties for the Incubator interface, especially when it comes to kanji. So, maybe it is not possible yet, with the Incuabor's current interface. But, i hope it is or that this issue can be flagged as a priority for the next Incubator update. :)

December 18, 2018

I stand corrected. I just got to 'position', but there is no 'light bulb' button for that one going over the new kanji.

December 19, 2018

Kayl, thanks for the update! :) I finished the Japanese tree soon after it came out and I don't know if I paid attention to which skills had tips and notes because I didn't use them much. I'm looking forward to seeing what the new tree version will be like. Though, all new trees still have an adjusting period.

December 19, 2018

There is a post here about someone who made an browser extension for helping with understanding kanji. I haven't tried it out my self but it seems good.

December 20, 2018

I usually have a Japanese dictionary running along side Duolingo and use "I don't know that Kanji" moments as an opportunity to practice breaking the kanji into radicals so i can search for it.

May 26, 2019
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