https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Loopy99

just a suggestion but it would really help

in japanese i noticed thta i was relying on how words sounded instead of memorising characters if you could make it so you have to write out either by touch screen or keyboard for it to be correct? it would really help as i dont stop to think about the characters i just hear what it wants to be said and click untill i hear the same thing

April 23, 2019

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https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Tiosmbx

Are you refering to the type-in the sentence questions?
If you look at the bottom of the screen, there is a "Use Keyboard" or "Use Wordbank" button depending on which one you are already using.

If you are just starting on the course, then don't worry: as you level up the skills and progress through the course, Duolingo will force you to type-in instead of choosing from the wordbank.

You need to know that you will need to be able to type in Japanese. You don't need a special keyboard. You'll need to install the proper input method.
Look for tutorials on how to install Google Japanese IME, and tutorials on how to properly use it.

I heavily recommend that you learn the Japanese writing systems by actually learning how to write them on paper. It may get difficult, but you'll have to be persistent and keep practicing.
This YouTube video will be all you need to learn kana, and you can copy and paste kanji you want learn and look for them on DenshiJisho and Wiktionary.

Enjoy your learning.

April 23, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Zade714423

Yes, a big part of the learning kanji and kana goes through writting them down, and it may be necessary some day at least.

April 23, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Zade714423

well, you have to learn kanjis if you want to learn japanese, there is no other way so when there is a new kanji in your lessons you should browse it on the net to know its meanings and spellings. You won't learn anything just by randomly clicking. There is plenty of ressources to learn kanjis. An other thing that can be very helpful too is to download a japanese keyboard (windows 8\10 : parameters->date and language->language then add a language or just browse language in the search bar), then when it is possible to use the keyboard type instead of selecting answers, it helps.

April 23, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Zade714423

Also you should try writting down hiragana and katakana down, if you haven't down it yet you will see that you don't know them in fact.

April 23, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Zade714423

https://i.pinimg.com/736x/a2/4b/5b/a24b5b16f517d0b74a2a08f680e67d8d.jpg Use this and try to write exactly the same without having an eye on it. It's no that easy, it is the first things I have done when I started to learn japanese and it took me a few days but know I can read at a quite good pace cause I've printed them in my brain this way.

April 23, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Outlaw_fox_1

try memorising the hirigana, katakana aspect, then start on the kanji. I find it easier to do it this way, as once I know the basic hirigana, I can change this into Katakana, like this : thank you ありがとうございます. アリガトザイマス. both are acceptable, yet the hirigana seems to be a better choice. You should, once you learn both thoroughly, be able to translate from katakana to hirigana. Kanji are actually developed from Chinese words, so are more difficult to remember, as they all have their own specific shape. However, some are easier to learn e.g. 私, which is watashi, which means me, or I. I remember this one easier as it is used to name yourself, like 私 の なまえ? which means 'my name?'. Try to concentrate on memorising the hirigana and katakana, then strat on Kanji. Hope this helps.

By the way, have some free lingots :)

April 23, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Zade714423

using katakana when hiragana needs to be used is a mistake, people will understand fully but if you write 私ハ ... instead of 私は... people will think you are retarded. Katakana is for loan words (ex : アメリカ). Also I saw that writing stuff in katakana can be done for like groans and animal expression in certain cases (in a light novel I saw it to represent goblins noises so you can guess its use). So if you write arigatou gozaimasu to a japanese in katakana he may answer : retarded ? xD

April 23, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Outlaw_fox_1

I think I was arguing for hirigana & Kanji? I'm not sure how I came across when I wrote this, so I will put it down now. HIRIGANA & KANJI are better to learn, though katakana is used to translate foreign words, like tomato : トマト, and names like Joshua : ジョシュア. I prefer to use hirigana & kanji rather than learning katakana, yet it is still useful

Have some more lingots :)

April 23, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Zade714423

Yeah, still you must learn katakana. but it isn't hard at all compared to hiragana since you've done them since you already understood how it works and they are way more simple in their shapes (just lean thoroughly no, so, shi, n, and tsu. They are so alike that you make be mistaken some times. It would be a pity if you could make a conversation with somebody but you are no even able to write down your own name. also there are sounds that can be done only with katakana (ex fa, wi, vi ...). Edit : I won't ever lend you anything seeing how you throw all your money xD thx dude.

April 23, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Outlaw_fox_1

I don't need my money, I have loads :)

April 23, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Zade714423

If you give me 10 lingots for each comment i'll definitely write thousands of them ^^

April 23, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Outlaw_fox_1

and the Bepis man vs coca cola thing lol ^-^

April 23, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Zade714423

On mobile I use the app "kanji study" which is a bank of all the kanjis from lvl JLPT 5 to 1 (its the tests that officially notify your japanese level), they are classified, for example the numbers, adjectives ... and so on. Also you should try downloading random stuff written in hiragana so you can practice reading and improve your reading speed. I know it takes time and all but heck, japanese is easily in the 5 hardest languages to learn in the world so you must work a lot. For the app you can use it in the transports if you use them.

April 23, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Outlaw_fox_1

I'll try the app :)

April 23, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Zade714423

well, it is basically a bank of kanji with a few tests, you can also try to write the kanji, no sentence at all but you can get quite a lot of vocabulary. Also you can try the website Wanikani (https://www.wanikani.com/) that uses mnemonics to remember kanjis and vocabulary. you will learn there for instance how to spell and differentiate 女王 with 王女, learn how to say above, to raise, to rise (上 上げる 上がる in order) and tons of other vocabulary. Its a great side help added with duolingo which lacks vocabulary and this kind of learning. Only their is a limit to what you can have for free but I haven't payed anything yet and have acess to a lot of data.

April 23, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Zade714423

a last one is japanese pod 101 (https://www.japanesepod101.com/) which is kinda how you would learn japanese with a teacher, you learn which words to use in which context, have a LOT of ressources with free acess, stuff to read etc. Duolingo is not very efficient for learnig japanese if used alone and crossing the learning methods helps (I need to admit that you must really want to learn japanese to not drop with that much things to do ^^). Also I don't know what keyboard you're using but for me the qwerty japanese one wasn't adapted to the physical keyboard i'm using so if you need help their I can help.

April 23, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Zade714423

@Loopy99 You must be disciplinated in your learning. Force yourself to not click on tiles to hear them and use that do do the tests.

April 23, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/AstroTomato

I just tapped the letters first (tapping"wa" then its hirgana symbol). See if that works for you!

April 23, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ChiYT

Exactly! Just learning the sounds is so bad for me, because I like learning using the drawing

April 24, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Zade714423

well, it will take some time but after each listening you can write it down on a sheet of paper without looking on the screen. it may help. がんばりますねこちゃん!

April 24, 2019
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