https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Search.Google

Poll: Should there be stories in more languages??

I'm currently learning Japanese, and while not very advanced right now, I think that only having Stories in languages like Spanish can really slow down language learning for people who want to learn the languages that aren't supported.

Am I going to go to Japan and be able to speak well when my only experience is repeating a simple sentence on a screen?

Am I going to be able to read the signs when what I'm used to is 'Match the character to the sound/word'?

I am a serious language learner (ignore the streak, I didn't have access to my device yesterday) and I really think that Stories should be available in more languages so that we can speak our chosen second language more fluently.

Vote: ^ is yes, v is no. Write your answers down below.

May 24, 2019

65 Comments


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

I agree! ^ At least for the languages that have 1 million or more active learners on Duolingo. Japanese is the 4th most popular language on here yet no stories!

May 24, 2019

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

Actually strange question, who ever would say no. Japanese stories with voice recording of natives is what I nearly dream about. But those who can make them should also want to do so. Although, I fear... even if they want, there should pass a lot of time, until they will be allowed by Duolingo to make them.

May 24, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Search.Google

I know that nobody would ever say no, (actually I recently saw someone vote no on the dark theme option, like, they could turn it off idk what their problem is lol) but I think if people vote then Duo might see it or one of the staff might see it and widen the amount of stories... like I know that it might not happen, but I personally want to be fluent in Japanese and I think this is probably the best way to get Japanese Stories.

May 24, 2019

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

makes sense

May 28, 2019

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

I agreee there shouldn't only be, some stories in specific language(s)

May 28, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Demi-Iris

Yes, completely. ^ Stories should be available to everyone.

May 24, 2019

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

Ideally, it should be available for all languages offered.

May 25, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Search.Google

Yup. That's my goal

May 25, 2019

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

yes, i love those and i think they're important for learning.

( love ur picture btw. ace pride! <3)

May 24, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Search.Google

Thanks, you're the first person who has noticed my picture :D

May 24, 2019

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

Most def! ^ I'm learning Japanese at the moment and I'd love to be able to heard/read some Duolingo stories in Japanese. It would be a fun and easy way to actually practise reading, cos I don't have a ton of Japanese stuff to read and if I did I probs couldn't read it anyway. I've actually found that watching subbed anime helps me listen to Japanese and occasionally pick up a phrase or two. If you're worried about speaking Japanese in real life, than I highly recommend the language-learning platform Rosetta Stone. It is kinda expensive and there isn't much in the demo, but it is so worth it, I can't recomend it enough. You learn the language from the basic words up to speaking and writing conversations, etc. It teaches you through listening, reading, writing AND SPEAKING! It also grades your pronounciation etc and it's not shy to tell you you're wrong. It builds on what you learn in previous lessons so that you don't feel out of your depth. I can't recommend it highly enough, it's so amazing.

May 24, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Search.Google

Thanks for the recommendation! :)

May 25, 2019

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

Me too :) I'm assuming that you watch My Hero Academia as well, and I can pick up a few words and phrases here and there (いただきます!) and it's very gratifying.

Todoroki is best boy ;)

May 26, 2019

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

If you want reading practice, children's stories and folklore are great places to start for any language. Not only are they (usually) public domain, but they also generally have translations available as well, so you can sanity check along the way!

May 28, 2019

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

↓ I could really care less about the stories. The thing I would like back, and in every language are the bots.

May 24, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Search.Google

Actually yeah, the bots would be awesome too

May 25, 2019

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

Wow! you are learning so many languages (this message is for JJstheman)

May 25, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/NeoNeko77

Features like 'stories' are crucial to language learning. I really would like one right now in Norwegian!! But I do think that languages who have been here for a long time or languages that particularly popular should have Stories. I hope they come out with more or even better a new feature ^_^

May 24, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Aki-Mugetsu

Yes also for Norwegian! That would be so fantastic.

May 26, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/NE.EV

Yeah, Japanese stories need to be introduced. Short stories involving our little buddy Duo would be great.

May 25, 2019

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

Definitely! I'd love the equivalent of a picture book for Japanese learners. I tried reading a picture book in Japanese from my local library once but the vocab is so different than what I learned in college or here that even though there were readings for the kanji I had to use a dictionary the whole time.

May 24, 2019

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

Yes, they should.

May 24, 2019

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

actually it's possible by practicing regularly and adopting a certain kind of application but it's want be easy to understand someone who speaks japanese even if you're in an advanced level like me. So i'm totally agreeing with the necessity to have stories in japanese, this will certainly be as helpfull as it is in other languages

May 25, 2019

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

I agree, it will be really nice to read some English stories!

May 25, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/RaEi6161

^ all the way. I'm learning languages like Korean, Hebrew, and Greek, and there are no stories for those because they're "not as important." But I did message (through another discussion) one of the Hebrew course moderators and they said that creating the stories is actually a long process, much longer than just taking the current stories and translating them into the desired language.

May 27, 2019

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

ABSOLUTELY

May 27, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/NinjaTim60

While I agree you should see duolingo as more of a toll than an answer. For example when you use physical tools you may have to use them in an unconventional way to get your result. So use duolingo in unconventional ways. Screenshot a sentence and trace it. Try doing it with no audio. repeat the sentences. try to do the sentence backwards. The more you keep your brain on its toes the better you can learn. That's how i learned german on rosetta stone and it really works with no matter what your given. ut don't worry i also bumped up your post because i would like to see some japanese stories.

June 7, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Search.Google

That is a great idea, and is something I have realized as well. I've been doing lessons without audio and have subscribed to JapanesePod101 (it's awesome so far btw) as well as I write down every sentence so that i can learn how to write more effectively. :) Thanks for the tip!

June 9, 2019

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

Yes, I guess that make sense...Can we be friends?

May 25, 2019

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

I totally agree! ^ I'm in 7th grade and I'm taking French, so I use duolingo to help me study. Now I use duolingo to help me study for French AND learn Japanese, High Valyrian, and Swahili. Sadly, out of those languages, French is the only one to have the stories.

May 25, 2019

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

I also learn a lot from the Spanish stories and wish that other language programs offered them. I wonder how Duolingo could develop the stories. Do they have the staff necessary to create the stories, or do they rely on volunteer contributors? If the latter is true, perhaps they could offer an incentive to native-Japanese speakers, such as more English resources free of charge?

May 25, 2019

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

^ totally agree.

May 25, 2019

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

Stories are great. When I started to read them, my understanding and learning became much better. I agree with you. ^

May 25, 2019

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

Stories are amazing!!!

May 25, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ZhraaAhmd06

It should be useful

May 26, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Kitty-lingo

Definitely

May 26, 2019

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

h

May 26, 2019

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

I'm quite new to Japanese, but chugging along at a steady pace, I actually had no idea there were stories for the other languages as this is the first one I've tried on this website. It sounds like a great idea to have the stories, though

May 26, 2019

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

^ Yup. I remember a few years ago when I was doing a lot of Spanish (on a different account) and I first found out about stories and bots. Fast forward to a few weeks to about a month ago I decided to seriously learn Japanese, and I remembered this feature. I looked for it on the new interface, and I was really disappointed when I couldn't find it. I would love to have these features for other languages.

May 26, 2019

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

it is good (y)

May 26, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Connor921600

^!

May 26, 2019

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

^

May 26, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Elaine._

stories are incredibly helpful for me when I choose to learn a language, with stories, I can actually comprehend the grammar, vocabulary, and improve my auditory skills better. I hope they implement stories for Korean soon, i need them T-T

May 27, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/scottcookson2

Of course there should be- but the question is, is it a higher priority than something else, especially considering the major redesigns which are probably taking most of the developers' attention.

May 27, 2019

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

yes

May 27, 2019

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

^ all the way

I'd love to have stories

The Spanish syllabus is wonderful (full of stories, plus the fact that there are teachers if you pay for "plus")

May 27, 2019

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

Yawn. I'm pretty sure nobody is against stories of any language. To create one is merely a question of resources and little else. I wish people would enjoy the updated course for now, because many have not been able to see even that yet.

May 27, 2019

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

It would of course be nice if there were stories in all the languages that Duo offers, but producing stories probably requires quite a lot of work from staff (finding people who are suitable voice actors, recording, sound editing, etc) and thus means a significant investment. It's not strange that stories are introduced to the most studied languages first.

May 27, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/bladeruner2

I would like to have some ^

May 27, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/d1.sasha

you are absolutely right!

May 27, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Lauren13024

Yes! Though I am focusing on Spanish now, I have been studying Japanese for a long time, and it is so hard to find stuff I can read at my level! Adding stories for even a few more of the popular languages would be great! I think the stories are actually really funny, (bird sitting) and not like a boring article or textbook! Could you add this soon Duolingo?

Edit: Additionally, not everyone can get easy access to hearing good native speaker. I was lucky and had a friend from Japan who could speak to me. Being able to hear casual conversation is so so so so helpful! Not every conversation is a formal business meeting!

May 28, 2019

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

^ Also, why not have more stories based on the culture that the language is from? Japan has a vast amount of Shinto and Buddhist folklore that is public domain and already have in depht walk-thorough translations.

May 28, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Mo88bb

^^ I am one of those people who tries a new language every month or so, and then drops them. But I have stayed somewhat consistent with Japanese (Okay so by consistent i mean doing it for a week and a half). But I agree that I almost feel that Iv'e hit a wall with certain words. I hope they add stories for Japanese soon!

May 28, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Skye785087

Yeah definitly! Helps you practice if you don't have a language buddy as well!

May 28, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Skye785087

Yeah definitly! It's good to use that to practice especially if you don't have a language buddy.

May 28, 2019

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

^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^

May 29, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/bradleymat8

I would love this, would actually help me put my Japanese to use and cuz' then it would cut down on the number of apps I utilize haha.

I would love this, would actually help me put my Japanese to use and cuz' then it would cut down on the number of apps I utilize haha.

Also, I don't know if they have this already but a place where we could chat in a language of our choice with others of a similar level would be great, although there are apps for that.

+1 for me.


Also, I don't know if they have this already but a place where we could chat in a language of our choice with others of a similar level would be great, although there are apps for that.


May 29, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Nekot3

I'd like some Stories for Japanese.

June 14, 2019

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

If any of you peoples enjoy anything Japanese and/or love things like Creepypastas, Horror stories/movies, and overall anything that is scary, creepy, and spooky; I highly recommend that you listen to the Kowabana podcast and the Toshiden podcast.

June 15, 2019

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

YES please ^

June 22, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Arthur...fornow

^

If you want to read stories in Japanese i would recommend Satori Reader as it has complete stories with voice readings and translation of sentences and/or single words.

July 2, 2019

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

I acutally think that would be quite fun, it would help people test out their language... knowledge? Not sure what to say on that part, but you get what I mean.

July 14, 2019

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

The Duo Spanish language program has a Stories section. I found it to be entertaining and informative at the same time. I hope the Japanese language program will offer something similar soon. Thanks to the Duo staff and volunteers for all you've done.

July 22, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Priyanshi940408

^ Yes

July 28, 2019

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

Have a lingot! I completely agree with you! I am also learning Japanese, among other languages. I would love to have stories in all languages! I hate the thought of traveling and not being able to converse well in my target language.

August 8, 2019
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