A Tip For All New Duo Japanese Learners
Recently I was reading the Duome.eu.blog and I realized that probably many new users do not know about this web site. It is referred to as the Unofficial Duolingo Site.
So I thought it would be helpful if I introduced it to you.
The site has many useful features. The one I want to focus on first is the "Tips & Notes" feature at the top of the page.
These are all the tips and notes with all the formatting removed, it is a simpler and cleaner view of these notes.
Some other interesting features of this site are;
If you go to https://duome.eu/Kelvin401862 you will see all the statistics for my use of Duolingo.
You can see your statistics by replacing my user name with your user name. Like this;
https://duome.eu/ (your user name) <<< These are the stats for all your various trees.
At the top of the page and on the right side you should see >>> Learning Japanese from English.
If you click on the highlighted word Japanese it will take you to your progress for the current tree you are working on.
https://duome.eu/ (your user name).progress <<< The progress for the current tree. If you are working on multiple trees, as I am you will only see stats for the last tree you were working on.
You can find a list of all the words in the Japanese Tree here >>> https://duome.eu/vocabulary/en/ja
Note I am on the old tree.
Great post. I've also noticed how new members are not sure how to go about on Duolingo. I haven't checked out your links yet, but I will soon. Your efforts are well appreciated.
I wish the Japanese tree was as longer. I feel the Duolingo Japanese team should spend less time drinking Sake and more time making the course : ) JK.
I don't really recommend this Japanese course on Duolingo as a main source of learning, it's good for practicing and as a secondary tool, but you aren't going too far if you solely rely on it.
I'm new here, so this is genuine ignorance- how come? I'm only most of the way through the third Hiragana lesson, so maybe the later bits are less useful?
Japanese has a lot of grammatical rules that don't have a real equivalent in English (unlike most Indo-European languages, that tend to follow similar patterns) and is way too much of a contextual language (What's already understood is usually omitted in the sentences, Duolingo doesn't seem to take this in account when generating examples). Not to mention that is a language really based in respect (This also affects grammar). All of this and some other little points and a general lack of grammatical explanations makes Duolingo unpractical to rely on as a sole source of learning. It's kinda like most of those japanese fast and easy courses that want you to "talk" as fast as possible and you end up without knowing how things work.
Ah, I see... well, unless there's anything else that's as easy I think I'll probably stick with Duolingo anyways? From what you say it sounds like at the very least it's better than nothing, and well... I'm okay with being the weirdo that doesn't have the hang of the nuances and asks dumb questions a lot, so long as I at least have a foot in the door.
Don't be afraid of asking questions on the internet, that's what real life is for lol.
It's alright if you're starting from scratch, but as you advance i highly advice you to check other sources, there's a lot of free and really good material about the Japanese language on the internet.
Stay motivated! がんばってください!
As Catbinger said, there are many great resources out there. This forum is one of them. There are many knowledgeable people around here that can help.
The Duolingo Tree is ok, but it does need some work. And there are holes that will cause you to have questions.
It is best to be able to find the answers yourself, I think you will get more enjoyment from studying this way.
I would complement Duolingo with a good On-line dictionary like https://jisho.org/
I would have a good grammar book, or on-line source like http://www.guidetojapanese.org/learn/
And I'd pick a good YouTuber like Japanese From Zero >>> https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLOcym2c7xnBwU12Flkm5RcLIEhvURQ8TB
This link is to the playlist that starts at the beginning, and goes up through book 3 or 4 of that series.
George Trombley who co-wrote these books has a sense of humor, so these videos are kind of fun.