Japanese Intro 2 Explanation?

I am having trouble understanding the information area of Japanese Intro 2. It uses things like dots between hiragana and kanji, a reverse comma (,) and shows kanji as part of the lesson that haven't been explained at any point that I know of. If you understand what I mean, please help. Go to Japanese Intro 2 and hit the lightbulb icon on the Skill.

February 25, 2019


It's teaching you the Kanji through repeated usage context. Roll with it. And no, I have no idea what you mean by dots or commas, unless it's kana with accents.

February 25, 2019

Thank you

February 26, 2019

In the Intro 2 notes when it mentions a kanji it places the reading for that kanji in hiragana after it.

Here the kanji for "I" is 私 and it is written as being pronounced わたし after it so new learners will be able to read and understand it. (Often in text this reading will appear in smaller characters above the kanji called furigana but Duo's system isn't yet capable of using these)

Towards the bottom of the page is a list of kanji and their readings/meanings in a similar format to how you will find them in a dictionary. The dot used between hiragana in this instance separate the reading of the kanji from the additional hiragana (called okurigana) that would be added on to complete the word. This suffix to the kanji is usually the part of a verb or adjective that would change/be conjugated.

In this example the kanji 生 (born, raw) is pronounced い and the ending きる are additional hiragana that would conjugate. In text this would appear as 生きる verb "to live".

学 (education) is pronounced "まな" with the full word 学ぶ「まな•ぶ 」meaning "to learn"

February 26, 2019

Arigatou gozaimasu senpai. This is a good help.

February 26, 2019

Try not to stress the kanji too hard, ConCom. It takes some time for them to click but after you've been beaten over the head with them enough times, you'll be seeing them/recognizing them in your sleep!

February 26, 2019

Thank you too.

February 27, 2019
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