French, Italian, Japanese, and Korean for Chinese speakers now out in beta
I went on the incubator today and found out that four of the language courses for Chinese speakers are in beta now except German.
I can't wait to try both the Japanese and Korean courses for Chinese speakers although my Mandarin is not fluent and still don't know most of the characters.
EDIT: I also hope Duolingo considers making Chinese and Korean courses for Japanese speakers and Chinese and Japanese courses for Korean speakers in the future if the courses becomes successful. Or maybe make CJK (Chinese, Japanese, Korean) courses for Vietnamese speakers and Vietnamese courses for CJK speakers.
The Japanese course even teaches '私' within the first checkpoint, rather than always writing it out in hiragana as the course from English (and no Japanese person) does! I've not got very far into it yet, but there is certainly some different vocabulary from the English version
On the downside, it still looks rather short, however. The Italian course looks a better length. I haven't got around to investigating the others.
The Japanese course even teaches '私' within the first checkpoint, rather than always writing it out in hiragana as the course from English (and no Japanese person) does!
The absence of Kanji in Duo's Japanese for English course is a nightmare to learn from my experience as I couldn't tell what words are those with just hiragana and I was completely lost as I went further into the tree. With Lingodeer I was able to understand more of the sentences, words and grammar than on Duo. I am currently not working on Japanese and since erased my Japanese progress in both platforms as I needed to focus on other languages, but I can give the Japanese for Chinese speakers a try right now.
On the downside, it still looks rather short, however.
The Korean course has more skills. I hope they expand the Japanese course for Chinese down the road and they are now adding in the expansion for the one for English speakers.
From my knowledge, if a course for a language is made for another the opposite will be made too. i.e. If a Korean for Chinese speakers course is out a Chinese for Korean speakers will come out (or at least go into the incubator) soon. :-)
Both the Japanese and Korean courses appear to be devoid of notes, unfortunately.