https://www.duolingo.com/jamesdolanduck

What's up with the Japanese Duo?

I am refreshing my Japanese after about a decade and the first lesson that isn't hiragana/katakana is awful. Asking you to choose the translation for "starting origin"? based on a process of elimination with words that you've barely covered such as winter and something else, forcing the user to depend on the pictures to guess the right (and pedagogically pointless) answer, it doesn't even include the audio just 2 kanji which you would only know if you knew Chinese. And another question asks what does 人 sound like while the audio plays hito, even tho the answer it's looking for is jin as in 日本人. I left the session and am debating whether or not to continue this course. Can anyone further on in the tree attest to it's quality or should I wait for the incoming update and hope these issues get fixed. Like this is a really bad impression for an introductory lesson.

March 28, 2019

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https://www.duolingo.com/doceteme

This is from Duolingo Intro 1 tips and notes (the lightbulb icon just to the upper right of the start button)

Kanji Meaning Kunyomi Reading Onyomi Reading
Person ひと じん, にん
Middle なか ちゅう
Country くに こく
Sun, Day にち, じつ
Origin, Book もと ほん
Rice Paddy でん

Note: Trying this formatting for a first time. Hope it works!

https://forum.duolingo.com/comment/28284738

edit: corrected a typo

March 29, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/Luke_5.1991

Typo: 本 means "book," not "break."

March 31, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/doceteme

Oops! Corrected. Thanks :).

March 31, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/jamesdolanduck

thanks, I guess I didn't read that. Will still wait until the course gets a revision before continuing. In the meantime I can learn Kanji readings myself.

March 29, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/jdberry300

As a total newbie to Japanese, I slogged through those early lessons only to be peppered with 3 different scripts soon afterwards. One new script is hard enough. The learning curve is steep and I think you'd have to be absolutely determined to finish. I wasn't.

March 28, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/Scrudgieig

I can see your complaints. Have a lingot.

March 28, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/SapphireSmoke

I think I read somewhere that they've reworked the entire tree and are going to be rolling out the new version soon. Hopefully it fixes some of those concerns.

March 28, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/JessicaDun8187

they are reworking the tree.

March 28, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/DenkiKaminariUA

I'll be excited to see the new tree. I hope most of the issues get fixed soon.

March 29, 2019
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