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https://www.duolingo.com/Usagiboy7

English speakers who want to learn Japanese on DL

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Why isn't there a Japanese for English Speakers course yet? See Kippis English comment Here for some explanations of the situation. It is the top comment in the comment section.

EDIT: Hi folks, I have posted the first in the series of walk-throughs for the English for Japanese speakers course. This walk-through is intended for English speakers who are taking the reverse course. It covers vocabulary, grammar, and other notes. You can find it here

Basics 1 (EN for Japanese) Review for English speakers

Basics 2 (EN for Japanese) Review for English speakers

I've noticed that there is a lot of interest in learning Japanese from English. But, it looks like we might get an English to Japanese course first.

BUT here is an idea for English speakers who want to learn Japanese on Duolingo: Once DL gets the Japanese to English course, try taking it. This is what I plan to do. It will be certainly be a different path on the learning curve. But with a few off site learning resources, it will be more possible to advance while you wait. :)

Please see announcement at end of post for when the English for Japanese speakers and Japanese for English course will be released.

Some resources I suggest from when I was learning and tutoring are as follows:

  1. Start with pronunciation a) Human Japanese 2.0 (free version)

  2. Get a good dictionary a) Midori for iPad (might cost a few dollars, I use this more than anything else) b) http://Tangorin.com (free online)

  3. Learn hiragana and katakana (free)

  4. Have a good kanji stroke order reference a) Midori for iPad (maybe $$) b) Japanese-lesson.com Kanji (free)

  5. Use kanji practice sheets (free)

  6. Practice listening comprehension: a) Sazae san (free)

  7. Make electronic flashcardds
    Sign up for Memrise to make your own flashcards or start studying for the JLPT5 HERE etc. (Free)

  8. Learn some grammar (free)

  9. Keep a journal of your progress (free)

  10. Get your keyboard to type in Japanese (free. Scroll down to Japanese tools and techs guide)

  11. Set an alarm to practice each day.

  12. And most importantly: Join Duolingo's Jpn to Eng when it comes out. :D

Duolingo makes money when we translate stuff. As a plus for DL: the more prepared we are when they start receiving Japanese to English material for us to translate, the more quickly we can contribute to the upkeep of this website.

Ganbatte!

When will there be a Japanese for English speakers course?
We don't know. They don't know. So, please don't ask the course contributors this question. Thousands of people ask this question, generating copious email notifications for the contributors to wade through. It is inconsiderate to bombard them when they don't know the answer themselves. Instead, we can put in our own work to investigate and keep about as informed as they are by following these steps: Learn how the [Incubator process] (http://duolingo.wikia.com/wiki/Frequently_asked_questions/Incubator) works. Keep an eye out for any AMA (Ask Me Anything)/AUA (Ask Us Anything) which courses sometimes release. Watch for jitengore's Weekly Incubator Update where course contributors can submit reports for where they are in the course. (Hideki joins these from time to time.) And also keep up with Incubator updates the contributors sometimes write on the Incubator page. See Hideki's current Incubator notifications. Thank you for being considerate and letting Team Japanese focus their time and attention on creating the courses. ありがとうございます!

4 years ago

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https://www.duolingo.com/Aeirya
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I downloaded duolingo because i wanted to learn Japanise! But .. :|

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Usagiboy7
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It is on it's way. English for Japanese speakers is already in Beta. Once that course has been completed, Japanese for English speakers will enter the incubator. If you would like to follow what courses Duolingo is working on check in at http://incubator.duolingo.com

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/VasileiosT2

Still no Japanese... :/

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/MegziiWegzii

A year later... Still no Japanese

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Chibera

2 years later...

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/thalia0712
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https://www.duolingo.com/clofftai
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Out on iOS now! Android will be added in a few weeks, and after that, the web version too! https://incubator.duolingo.com/courses/ja/en/status

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Coherency
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Okay, but why does iOS always get stuff before everyone else? And why has it taken so long?

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/systemics

I agree, especially since it's much easier to code an app for android vs iOS (imho). maybe they have more iOS users or something that they have decided that android users should wait longer

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Usagiboy7
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Hi VasileiosT2, for an explanation, see Kippis comment in English Here. It is the top comment. It explains the difficulties Duolingo has run into.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Violet7113

Yeah...:(

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/narilou

but i dont see japanese on the list

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/TomasAlmera

still no Japanese...

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Kulduris
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Oh wow. I actually can't wait for something. And give you a lingot. Huh? Yes, seems I really want Japanese haha

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Kulduris
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Oh, I didn't lose mine...

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Kulduris
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Ugh, no option to give lingots to yourself lol

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/JNeal134
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Here's one :)

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/greatness87

Heres another and one for the wonderful JNealCaldwell :)

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/mr.billybobjoe

Here's one for the guy with the Goku profile picture because I like Dragon Ball :)

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Brandonn10

Oh wow

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/PikaKnight

2 years later...still no Japanese :(

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/thalia0712
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1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Aeirya
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OK, The soon the better. But when it's going to finish O_O

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Oblithian

I am going to guess, not within a year of your comment.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/JLearns.

It's been a year since Aeirya's comment and still no Japanese :(

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Aeirya
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yeah. that sucks. I suggest you to download "Genki" book for Japanese, awesome

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/codeman869
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Yeah, definitely check out Genki I and Genki II. I used these textbooks through most of high school. Memrise has a course on Genki I - haven't looked at it though.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/AllenBouch

Ended up being 3 years.

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/clofftai
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*five years

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/zedlin674

i already asked them if i could make a course about this and i haven't heard from them since.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Purpleunicorn1

I am realy happy it's coming

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/CassieCarr2020

2 years later...

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/30renew

Same, but i guess I'm learning Italian now ._.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/kamil.kryn
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And now I'm learning German, while waiting for Japanese... I'll keep coming back to add to this list every couple of months.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/kamil.kryn
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It's funny how I'm doing the exact same thing. Learning Italian while waiting for Japanese.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/doeingm
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Ha same here...

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Pendragonil

Me too!

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/narilou

i just started learning french, irish, spanish but i really want to learn Japanese :'(

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Quinn_Oct

LOL same, but Italian was my second option next to Spanish

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/TheIwwiss

Same XDD

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/AnomonousZ

me too lol

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Karin342

Me too :[

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Degozar

While it is a good supplement it isn't enough on its own and it's not free.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Amastrea

same

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/vermeerg
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Anybody interested in contributing to the japanese course for english speakers? Please apply there: http://incubator.duolingo.com/apply choose "japanese" for "english" speakers. Thank you! :)

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/kcarri07
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What are the requirements for contributing? aka, how proficient in both do you need to be?

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Usagiboy7
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Fluent or near fluent, from what I understand.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/kcarri07
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Figured, I grew up (ages 7-18) in Japan but never attained fluency. I would say functionally fluent at best, but that was 20 years ago... I wish I could help those guys out, but sometimes people wanting help end up being more of a hindrance/detriment.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Usagiboy7
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You could always apply just in case and let them assess your application. :) http://incubator.duolingo.com/apply

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/saugiu
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Why is Kilingon incubating before actual human languages that people actually want to learn?

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/jasonstrang

Yeah! Elvish would be way better. :P

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/lolter1738

U are now my new fav person lol. I have been wanting elvish forever!!!!! :)

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/lolter1738

Never mind I on my bros account!! Woops!

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/CreativeMotives

Ok I on my account now! Any way u are my new fav person! I want elvish on the site to!! Lol

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/lilygilder
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Would you add Tae Kim's guide, too? I think it is a wonderful free resource. It's a very extensive guide to Japanese grammar and the language overall. The link is: http://www.guidetojapanese.org/learn/complete

It's great for complete beginners and all other levels and for anyone who wants to wrap their head around the ambiguities.. The approach is very hands-on with small translation tasks and therefore also aimed at people who have had bad experiences with grammar learning. ;)

And the Koohii forum: http://forum.koohii.com/viewforum.php?id=5 This forum is full of tips and explainations, with a very active community.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Usagiboy7
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@liligilder, I love Tae Kim's! Added!

EDIT: Wow, the Koohii forum looks amazing!

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/narilou

will try it

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/noyurisoderland

As a Japanese teacher in USA for 40 years and an Japanese textbook writer, your suggestion would be helpful. In addition to yours, I want my students to watch fun interesting movies/animes, etc,.. My favorite is MY NEIGHBOR TOTORO, TONARI NO TOTORO. My textbook from Logos school of languages, Japanese for beginners, hajimete no nihongo is HTML format so that you listen to Japanese for the script such as drills, skits, songs. Another suggestion is Japanese songs with Japanese caption. by Noyuri Soderland

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Gabe_LeMec
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Please see my post below. Maybe it will help you!

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/KayKei0

Thanks, I started liking the Japanese language after being introduced to anime. I'll do as you say!

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Mavis574905

omg me tooo!!

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/narilou

me 3

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Violet7113

Same!!But Japanese for English Speakers hasn't come yet!! :(

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Gabe_LeMec
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Hi everyone, I have a solution! I have engineered a hack using the Japanese -> English course and it is working REALLY well for me. I am a pure beginner in Japanese. I have successfully completed the first two modules, and I have good momentum. Here is my method:

Register for the English course, selecting Japanese as your native language.

First, learn Hiragana. It is simple, and it will take you a week. Alternatively, print out the Hiragana chart so you can refer to it while you learn.

You will need to be able to type in Japanese. So, download the Kitsune add-on for Firefox. Sometimes you will need to type Kanji - the Chinese characters. Just type Hiragana like normal (phonetically), and then press the space bar when you're done. It will give you Kanji script that correlates to your Hiragana.

You will need to be able to read Japanese (only in the beginning). So, get the Perapera add-on too. I stopped using it after one day, mostly because I can understand what I see due to the slow pace of Duolingo adding new vocabulary.

You will need to hear Japanese pronunciation. Copy and paste the Japanese into Google Translate and press the speaker icon. Do this every time you would normally hear the word in Duolingo. If I really already know the word, I just say it out loud to myself, so I get the practice.

Lastly, I have started a course on Memrise called "Duolingo Japanese" where you can study the vocabulary in spaced-repetition flashcards. If the timer gives you problems, kill it by saving a bookmark using this as the url: javascript:MEMRISE.garden.timer.cancel(); Name your bookmark something like KillTimer. When you click your bookmark, the timer disappears.

This will take more effort than a normal Duolingo course. Maybe 2-3 times more work switching keyboard inputs and tabs in your browser. But, you are learning a new writing system, and I find this just as effective as a normal Duo course - I know this because I have already completed the French and Spanish trees.

Good luck!

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Gabe_LeMec
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One additional suggestion: when duo prompts you to type in English, first go type the Japanese word in Google Translate and see if it gives you the English in the translation. If it doesn't, you know you got it wrong or spelled it wrong. Once you've gotten it correct, then go back to duo and type in the English answer to proceed to the next question.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/JasonWood11
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I find it very amusing that both Klingon and High Valyrian have made it to the incubator before Japanese. Especially given the comment on here saying that as soon as ENG for Japenese speakers made it to beta they would start work on the reverse course. I understand that Duolingo is free and that these courses aren't easy to make but it seems to me that with all the demand for a Japanese course on here it should have made it to the incubator by now. I think we'd all just appreciate an update on the whole situation. If we're not getting this course anytime soon then we can all start looking somewhere else but keeping us waiting with ifs and maybes like this is just taking the mickey.

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/thalia0712
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1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/RomyleeSai

YesSSS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! now i can watch anime without subtitles!!!!!!!!!!!

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/floridara
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Same with me! :3

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Violet7113

same.reading the English subtitles while anime characters are speaking Japanese is getting annoying.its better to listen to them and understanding it instantly than reading subtitles and THEN understanding it!

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/floridara
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Well, everyone has their own opinion. I'm so used to it, that I can listen and read and watch at the same time ;)

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Violet7113

lucky! :) I started an interest in anime last year but surprisingly I've been watching anime since I was a toddler.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/ShingekiNoUsagi

ugh, dubbed anime is just fake voices and its not the same. subbed is, well, bleaugghhh. watching pokemon subbed is strange, i mean, Bonnie's name is freaking Eureka! i would be so glad to finally watch Bleach or Dangan Ronpa in peace! /◉ ᴗ ◉\

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/GaBRieL_2Pi1

where is the japanese course? still don't have it? this post was made one year ago...i'm starting to get sad and no hope :( but i still will be waiting, please comes soon japanese D:

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/kenan.atmojo

I'v taken up learning hiragana and katakana.. it's fun but a bit tricky

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Usagiboy7
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Hi folks, I have posted the first in the series of walk-throughs for the English for Japanese speakers course. This walk-through is intended for English speakers who are taking the reverse course. It covers vocabulary, grammar, and other notes. You can find it HERE

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/samuelmoraes1

Bring Japanese for Duolingo!

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/VasileiosT2

Give Japanese language to the people...

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/StevenJen41

If you have an iPhone I recommend 'Learn Japanese!' it's very similar to Duolingo. I have Rosetta Stone but like this app better because it explains the grammar. The lessons are only for beginners right now (JLPT N5 level) but since I've used it they have added quite a few lessons.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/VasileiosT2

Do you know any Android version? since Duolingo doesn't care we should search for something else.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/haibuihoang

Well, I want to contribute my own English-Japanese dictionary http://www.romajidesu.com Comments are welcomed!

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Edocampas
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Please take this lingot, you deserve it

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/SwapnilShekhar

Its still not there. The release date was supposed to be today, but it has not been released yet.

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/SpiritedAway_

ありがとうございました!!!

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Tebrandt

I already know some Japanese and would love to have Japanese for English speakers on an iPad app and online. ありがと

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Ferrydust
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Watashi mo, for Android app

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/115005973

kon`nichiwa

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/wececeus

こんにちは!;)

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Oneduhhh
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I really hope this becomes a Sticky that way I can just link this to the discussions intead of haveing to do my long explanation with links XD Maybe you can add Jitengore's updates from the incubator here or Hideki. Users can get to see updates about the progress of the course. Too bad they keep asking but when? they just don't seem to read. :(

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Usagiboy7
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Done! Added to the end of the OP. Hopefully I didn't come off as harsh. I just wanted to get the message on the page with the links and be clear about the need for consideration and doing one's own investigating instead of constantly asking the contributors for information they don't have and adding counter-productive pressure on them in the process.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Oneduhhh
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:D Agreed

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Annie18010

So when something is sticky, that's a good thing?

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Usagiboy7
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Something becomes sticky when a member of staff, course moderator, or global moderator decides that a post best serves the community by sticking around longer than usual. However, stickies can clog people's popular discussion tab, so we try to not sticky very many things.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Lazy_animefreak

Ever since i fell in love with anime which was 5 years ago, i became an anime addict and i really wanna learn japanese. they want to teach stupid languages like klingon instead!! cant wait for japanese. my fav anime is fairy tail and naruto(over now) and one piece.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/lyannahindley
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The japanese for english speakers course is due to be released into beta tomorrow!

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Usagiboy7
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I just realized that Tangorin dictionary uses kana (Japanese characters) instead of romaji (English characters). Sorry! I just don't notice anymore. you can probably do a quick search to find one that uses romaji though. And, if you want to find out how to go from romaji to kana, or kana to romaji etc. I just found this http://www.romajidesu.com/

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/papisgirl

I don't recommend using romanji. People might get hooked up to it and it will get harder for them with the other ways they write.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Ferrydust
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Learning to speak and learning to read/write can be done simultaneously but they don't need to be.

Children do not typically learn to read before they learn to speak words and sentences with adults in their native languages. Some adults never learn to read and write but otherwise communicate very effectively through speech.

In the case of learning a new language and particularly through Duolingo and especially in cases where the script is "exotic" and may be complex to set up the language packs, many people could meanwhile be learning how to converse through spoken word, and either practice the alphabets elsewhere or enjoy learning those when they eventually become available.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/rredfearn32

You're already a reader of Tofugu, so you probably already know of www.wanikani.com. I've found that my best resource for Kanji learning, so maybe add that to the list?

Also, thanks for the info about the Japanese > English Duolingo course. I've signed up, and it's almost just as good as an English > Japanese equivalent!

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Usagiboy7
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@rredfearn32 Unfortunately, wanikani is closed to all but beta testers. So, I haven't added it.

EDIT: for everyone, you can still put your name on the list. I didn't realize that the first time I went and checked it out. :P But, I've just added myself. crosses fingers

Update: I was just accepted into beta!

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/rredfearn32

@usagiboy7 いい。Wanikaniをようこそ! :) Hope you find it useful and worth paying for after Level 2. 頑張ってよ。

4 years ago

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Yeah, I noticed that after I signed up. I have 0$ right now, so, I'm done after level 2. :( But, I still appreciate the suggestion! :)

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/TheAncient

I'm interested to see how kanji is handled in Japanese for English speakers. If they will ease users into it, or throw them in the deep end. (Like a an English speaker trying to learn using English for Japanese speakers.)

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Kaylejoy

I hope they introduce learners to hiragana and katakana first, then have all the vocab in kana with the audio pronunciations (minimal romaji). Over time they should start introducing the kanji in a natural way -through vocab association-

At least, this is how I would want to learn.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/TheAncient

I think this is why it made prefect sense for DL to create the Eng for Jap speakers course first. A lot easier to jump straight into English with it's 26 characters. Where as Jap for Eng speakers requires more consideration. An irritation of mine with Eng for Jap speakers is that when you roll over kanji you can't get the associated hiragana or katakana. If they would include another word association in the drop down for these it would make life so much simpler. Wouldn't have to research each new kanji just to learn how to speak it! (Of course it makes sense that it isn't included, as Japanese speakers would already know how to pronounce kanji, and also kanji would have multiple pronunciations. Which Is why i'm interested to see how it's handled.)

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Kaylejoy

If you haven't already, you should download Rikaichan (a browser extension that does just what you said about showing the meaning/pronunciation of kanji when you scroll over text) https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/rikaichan/

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/TheAncient

I love you Kaylejoy <3 Thank you so much<sub>~</sub>!

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Kaylejoy

:D Always glad to help a fellow duo-learner!

4 years ago

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Yes, that would be my preference, too. I don't think there's a lot of point in relying on romaji when people won't have them 'in real life', and kana seems to be a good kind of middle ground. If memory serves, some children's books are written in hiragana, yes...? And then when you have the kana down, use those to learn the kanji rather than romanising the pronunciation.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/twrck

YATA

KACOEEDESYO

4 years ago

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Yatta! Kakkouii desu yo! ;)

やった!かっこういいですよ!

You're getting there :)

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/XxSasuNaru

i want japanese too i hope it comes out soon

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/wececeus

私も!:/

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Ferrydust
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私も! = watashi mo! = me too!

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/wececeus

私は、日本語も学びていです。:/

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Neco_Coneco
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日本語も学びたいです。

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/arturovencedor

I really want them to have Japanese!!!

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/tiamo101

It's been a year and i cant find it? Or is it still not on there?

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/cbodtorf

http://i.imgur.com/vFzXOgd.png?1

We have to wait until the JPN->ENG course reaches stability. Then the Alpha version for ENG->JPN will begin.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/paulingazo
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bwahah! its gonna be aweeesome!

3 years ago

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I know this is an really old post - and I'm not even studying Japanese (right now...) - but I ended up here via a link someone posted and 8-o you are one awesome bunny for putting this together! You rock :D

Adding to my bookmarks for future reference... :D

3 years ago

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Glad you're excited about Japanese and finding this discussion helpful. If I may suggest one small edit to your post? While I'm flattered, Duolingo has asked folks not to use profanity on the website. ;)

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/yellowjello1025

I AM SO EXCITED!!

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Newace

Will learn esperanto while waiting for it

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/blahrah
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duolingo is not leting me do japanese

3 years ago

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Duolingo does not have a Japanese course at this time.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Celastracea

I am really sorry for asking this here but I haven't gotten to know DL well enough to figure out where else to ask the question. I just started the reverse course, using Safari and the Mac keyboard for Japanese. Here is the problem: every time I klick the answer box the keyboard changes back to German. In every other program and on every other website, I can type in Japanese just fine. So far I have worked around the problem by typing my answer into the search bar of my browser and then copying it into the answer box. However, it's getting old fast. Does anyone have any suggestions? I am starting to despair...

Two pretty awesome hover translators (that shouldn't be used too often because they make you lazy ;P ) are rikaichan for Firefox and safarikai for Safari As for online dictionaries, I like the set up of Denshi Jisho quite a lot http://jisho.org and the super awesome weblio http://ejje.weblio.jp which, unfortunately, is all Japanese when you klick on it, but it also has a Japanese-Japanese dictionary as well as a old Japanese- modern Japanese dictionary, which is all kinds of amazing! (Just search for it in the top bar)

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/AlexPW42

I hope it will be up in the incubator soon, and I give my blessing to the Duolingo Japanese team.

Sincerely, Doktoro Aleksandro Poligloto

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/sat1618

Eager to see Japanese for English Speakers

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/KatastropheMei

2 years now This was posted... Is there any update to this?

2 years ago

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See up top in the main post, first link for update. :)

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Lorrin827

I want to learn Japanese! I hope that Duolingo comes out with it soon!!!

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/mylent

MYA WANTS JAPANESE!!!

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/SpiralStat

I am willing to be patient for the JFE Team to make the course. I'm pretty sure it takes a long time to make these courses, which is why I will wait. But I want to learn Japanese because I am interested in linguistics, and I also think it would challenging. But I like challenges :D

Still, take your time. I'd rather have a course that is made well that took a while to make than to have a horribly made course that arrived in 2 weeks. XD

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/swedeyy89

2 years ago... any updates?

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/IkwoWilson0

Honestly so many people wanna learn Japanese and other popular asian languages...yet there's only a duolingo coming out for Korean. Come on. Is this really happening? Just make it already please. I want to learn Japanese as well.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Xnaysad

For those who can't wait for Duolingo to release Japanese for English speakers, there's a site called Linguti which is a similar language gamified learning to Duolingo and has a Japanese course already. Link: http://www.linguti.com/

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/PaigeKibbler

duolingo is helping me learn all kind of languages so thanks to duolingo :)

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Pikachu95037

this is awesome my dad speaks fluent japanese even though he is from hawaii. and it would be awesome to speak it with him

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/eittek
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And now, it's here!

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/heidig86

I meant to sign up for English to Chinese and clicked on one hoping to figure out what language it was, just looking around now all email comes in that language and I can't figure out how to change it since my whole site is now in a language I can't read. Very frustrated and can't even figure out how to unsubscribe to start over..

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Kulduris
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Mouseover heidig86 > 2nd option (which is settings) There is a menu on the right hand side > Once again click the 2nd option (Learning language)

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Usagiboy7
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Just to add to Chestnutjam's instructions, another option is to click on the languages icon on your home tab and select the language you want from there. I'm a visual learner so I thought i'd add that option as well

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then

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Don't forget to save. ^_^

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/BMULU01

<you are soooooo good in Spanish keep it up>

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/nathancoll4

Is this still happening? I downloaded this app as an alternative for paying an insane amount (or pirating) Rosetta stone because I heard that it has a much better performance. My girlfriend and I are very much interested in learning Japanese, so this would be a real boon! In the mean time, I guess I'll busy myself with the resources you posted, and maybe brush up on my Spanish as well C:

4 years ago

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@nathancoll4, yes this is still happening. You can check the progress at http://incubator.duolingo.com and you can even try out the beta version of the reverse tree, English for Japanese speakers at http://www.duolingo.com/courses Once END for JPN leaves beta (Phase 2), JPN for ENG will start in Phase 1.)

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/nathancoll4

Ok, cool! I'm really looking forward to it!

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/VasileiosT2

Still the same really unbelievable !!!!

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/AArtwork

Thanks for the info!

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/jbarragan2019

can't wait!!!!!

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/AnthonyCru14

I too want to learn Japanese from this app. I've had a great experience learning French so far, but I downloaded DL to learn Japanese in the first place. I hope that it can be brought to us as soon as possible. The moderators are doing their best to get this all together so I'm certain Japanese for English speakers will be available soon. Arigatō, min'na!

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Playforfun

Thanks!

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/ivanna888

It's been 10 months since you posted it when are they going to make it i really need to learn it

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/cbodtorf

It will probably take a while, OP gave a lot of great resources to give yourself a head start. I saw this post about 5 months ago. I've been working pretty hard learning different aspects of the language since then and I've seen some serious progress. It is a slow process since its such difficult language, but the sooner you dive into it the better. I wish that I had started years ago, waiting for duolingo is just an excuse, one which i've used before. So get on it! There are many supportive communities around that will be happy to answer any questions. Good luck!

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/ivanna888

Yea I just saw this today because my friend is taking Japanese in school and I'm taking French and I heard him speak Japanese and I wanted to learn it so I checked if duolingo had it and they don't . Would you mind telling me the websites you used I would appreciate it

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/cbodtorf

as an absolute beginner Textfugu and Wanikani are invaluable resources. You'll grow out of Textfugu quickly, but WaniKani will keep you busy a long time. Once you get a good foundation you'll run into different grammar sources (IMABI, Tae Kim, etc.). The biggest thing I can recommend is that once you get started you have to put in a little effort everyday, even if its only 15 minutes.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/AddisonBean

Anyone have an idea of when this course will begin?

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/floridara
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I really don't know, I hope soon, we all hope!

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/ShingekiNoUsagi

So interested in learning Japanese!

...im not a weeaboo... heavy breathing and hesitating intestifies

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/EmmaAnthony

I know right! i really want to learn Japenese too! >< but hopefully DL will make that their next language to put together. ;)

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/kaylahatcher

What is the progress on the Japanese course? Any plan for a Mandarin course as well?

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/TlGA2

I am a High School student who is fluent in Spanish and to a lesser degree Italian and Portuguese. But my true passion has been trying to learn Japanese. I absolutely love the culture and I am already making plans to go to Collage in Japan but first I have to severely improve my knowledge of the language. This site has really helped me with Italian and to a lesser degree Portuguese and I hope it can do the same with Japanese, hopefully soon.

3 years ago

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Have you tried the English for Japanese speakers course that is in beta right now? It's challenging but it's a start. I tend to use the iPad Midori app to help me through it, as well copying the sentences I've gotten wrong to review later. And last night I signed up for the Memrise JLPT5 http://www.memrise.com/course/554/jlpt-n5-vocab/ So far, it's been free. But, it does expect you to know hiragana. I'm sure there are other Memrise courses that will teach you hiragana if need be. Good luck with your journey! :)

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Racum
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I suppose the DL site/apps need some adaptation to teach asian languages, I hope they are in the roadmap. Can someone from DL give us a hint? :)

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/AshrafPhil

I am eager to speak and write Japanese ...

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/floridara
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So am I..

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/RummieKids

Hopefully English for Japanese speakers finishes soon, cause I really wanna learn Japanese. :)

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/AndrewKeim

I think i'm turning Japanese I think I turning Japanese I really think so... :)

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/MysteriousKiri

Alright awesome. I know quite a bit of Japanese Romaji.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/babyelana

I already know some Japanese but i want to learn more. :p

3 years ago

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Hi babyelana, I just edited the main post and added the links to the review walk-throughs I've been created for the English for Japanese speakers course. The reviews are for English speakers taking that course while they wait for the Japanese for English speakers course. The reviews are best suited for folks who already know some basic Japanese grammar and vocabulary. I hope it helps!

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/babyelana

thanks. :D

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Astronomy487

I think Japanese would be a nice edition, but first I want Esperanto. Then they also have to do Turkish, Romanian, Yiddish, and more, and I also can't wait if they have Chinese. Japanese might be a long shot due to its complex and long structure even though it should be simple.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/AwesomeMer

It isn't perfect but try this http://www.japanesepod101.com/

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Astronomy487

I love that website! It also has other websites for other languages, like http://www.hindipod101.com/ !

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/BronzetheSling

Arigato guosaimasu!

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/BrendaWatts

Thank you for the update regarding the intended start of Japanese for English speakers. I will take up your suggestions of various ways to prepare for the new Duolingo Japanese online course. The constant drip, drip action of a little learning every day, also makes sound sense. Regards to your team. B.R.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/KatastropheMei

Really? Where?!

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/ShaunAdams2

please do it soon

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/JuhaniMent

I want to learn Spanish through English

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/GunnerGuy13

It's annoying that there isn't Japanese for duolingo, because that's the reason I downloaded it - also almost 150 million people in the world have japanese as their main language, so, yeah :|

3 years ago

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See my note at the very top of the main post. :)

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/GunnerGuy13

cool, i'll check it out - thanks :)

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/bo._.jun

any updates on this because I will really like to see Japanese on DL

3 years ago

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Not that I´ve read.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/bo._.jun

T.T

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/daemonthehero

I want to learn Japanese to understand all anime and manga

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/daemonthehero

I need to learn it to read Naruto and one piece all the time

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/IsabellaCappe

Can you give us a date when the english for Japanese speakers will be released?!?

P.s If you do make a Japanese for english speakers, it is for my school. They have a REALLY BORING! Japanese teacher and if you make this it will probably spruse! it up a bit!

Thx : )

3 years ago

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Oh trust me, all of Duolingo will be mightily celebrating when an EN for JP course is released. It will be hard to miss if you're still active in the forums at the time.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Xnaysad

If you like to learn 2000+ kanji asap , Remember the Kanji book (google it) + http://kanji.koohii.com. You learn it by looking it in different parts rather than memorizing individual strokes and you make up stories and mnemonics. Takes 3-4 months and its the best time spent, you won't regret.

3 years ago

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Maybe, You should pin this discussion. There are many requests about Japanese language.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/MilenaMach4

If I were really good at Japanese I'd be contribuiting.... :/
Still waiting for Japanese here!!! \o/

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/blahrah
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i dont see japanese on the list

3 years ago

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i want to see what konnechuwa looks like

3 years ago

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konnichiwa ・こんにちは・今日は

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/ByrneXander

I CAME TO THIS PLACE TO LEARN JAPENISE SO I COULD PLAY THE MOTHER SERIES GAMES =(- At least I can learn Italian .-.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/mydogrocks05

I have seen every single japanese manga anime series my favorite one is ONE PIECE!!! Japnese is pretty cool too because ofhow it sounds.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/daemonthehero

one for the guy with the negi picture because naruto is best!

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/erinmiri

Ok, this is cool!!!!!

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/aultragirl

Guys, seriously, just wait for japanese Sore wa shinpaishinaide, kimasu!

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/gabbiewright2002

nope

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/MelUndMioTrin

Arigato gozaimasu! My high school Japanese hasn't failed me yet! Bring on the Japanese kudasai!!

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/braedenboy24

i like japaneses won hon jon

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/not_so_grump

dude yes i downloaded duolingo for german, japanese and hungarian

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Bridgett777053

English for Japanese speakers has been released... man I'm hyped for Japanese for English speakers.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/JuiceQube

I would like to try Japanese for English speakers, but I don't even know English that well. :D

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/not_so_grump

it's been released?? where? ive heard it's in beta but...where...? am i just dumb because i cant find it?

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/LeonaHalder

Yeah I agree. Hopefully there will be one such course soon! I really wanna' learn Japanese to actually watch anime without subtitles! Lol. Hopefully enough people will contribute their knowledge onto the Japanese course and help us get a Japanese course soon! ^w^

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/jd1412
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It's been awhile, has the Japanese duolingo been canceled?

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/CreativeMotives

i completely agree that Japanese should be on duo lingo! Japanese is a very important language for buisnis, school, and travel! Japanese is also a fun, unique, and beautiful!

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/mooseT
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I don't understand how all these random language's courses are getting completed but Japanese has been put on hold forever!

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/TomasAlmera

this japanese for english has been in incubation for way too long.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/lfd
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Not even that.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Mohamad.R97

what are they waiting for ;-;

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/dovecameron16

hello i want to learn japonese because when i grow up i will like to be a teacher and teach in Japan to the children Japenese so please i want to

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/EricaBrown8

I too am interested in learning some Japanese. From the comments I've read it seems there are a few suggestions to supplement while we wait. For anyone interested there is a free site, at least last I looked into it the site was free, called Livemocha. There you can help teach people languages you are fluent in and learn others (Japanese included).

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/ScarletAssassin0

Is the course still coming? If it is, will it be coming soon?

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/AshutoshMa11

I have learned German and now wanted to learn japanese Please make some efforts in this direction too

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Amastrea

i wanna help make this. here is one 血液 is blood.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/turtlelover324

guess ill learn Korean instead.... -_-

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Revenitor
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I actually joined Duolingo to learn Japanese. Needless to say, I've been disappointed on that note...but the other languages are good. I hope it's ready soon!

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/AdeleIsHappy

I really want to watch anime w/o any subbing!!!!!

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Hailey.french

suh

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/AlolanVulpix

They have Korean, but they don't have Japanese???? I also noticed its been more than three years from the day it was posted but still no Japanese. oh well. I probably never happen anymore because the writing system is pretty different than ours. A friend of mine noticed that they have Japanese to English course. they just need to reverse it.

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/xenoriku

Huh three years ago ok.

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Oborozukyo
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I've been doing the reverse course as suggested - it's really good, and about the right level for me (I can read hiragana and some kanji). In fact, it would be absolutely perfect if instead of reading out english and repeating english, the course pronounced the Japanese words. This seems like quite an easy change to make - does anyone know whether this would be easy to do to make a sort of intermediate course?

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Tolerating
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It's in Incubator now!!!

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/KenLe_

I wish to learn japanese for three reasons: To talk to other people Learn a new language And watch anime with no subtitles

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/sxrvah_
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I checked the Duolingo Incubator site and it appears. But when I go to Settings->Learning Language->See All Language Courses it shows me the courses for English speakers that are both in the Incubator and out of the Incubator. Japanese is not one of the languages it shows does any one know why?

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Usagiboy7
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I'm not certain that section is as up to date as the Incubator is. Here you go: https://incubator.duolingo.com/courses/ja/en/status :)

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/sxrvah_
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Thank you! I'm looking foward to this course! The comments must be overwhelming you but thank you for answering!

EDIT: Do you have any information on the Korean course? It is dated to release April 30, 2017 but it is a bit behind Japanese on its progress.

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/MagickMagick

thank you for the resources :)

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/lyannahindley
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The course is supposedly around two months away!

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/czuk840

How do you know?

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/lyannahindley
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On the incubator page it says the estimated date is May 15th

https://incubator.duolingo.com/courses/ja/en/status

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Space704481

3 years later still no Japaneze

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/JasonWood11
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So does anyone know why the course didn't go into beta yesterday??

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/JasonWood11
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Oh... it's only on IOS for now :( hope my old iPhone 4S is up for the challenge

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/lyannahindley
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It's coming to android and desktop in a few weeks :(

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/its-astromantic

Does anyone know if it will be available for the Windows10 app? They mention IOS, Android, and online but I'm curious whether we'll see it in the Windows ver too!

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/LangstonOverton1

I want anime

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/malbaFerre
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Dou itashmashite.

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/WesleyTheNinja

I agree

1 year ago