English speakers who want to learn Japanese on DL

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) (free online)

  3. Learn hiragana and katakana (free)

  4. Have a good kanji stroke order reference a) Midori for iPad (maybe $$) b) 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.


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] ( 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!

October 19, 2013


I downloaded duolingo because i wanted to learn Japanise! But .. :|

March 28, 2014

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

November 17, 2014

And now I'm learning German, while waiting for Japanese... I'll keep coming back to add to this list every couple of months.

October 2, 2015

It's funny how I'm doing the exact same thing. Learning Italian while waiting for Japanese.

April 9, 2015

Ha same here...

October 23, 2015

Me too!

March 9, 2016

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

March 26, 2015

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

July 30, 2015

Same XDD

January 22, 2016

me too lol

December 19, 2014

Me too :[

March 12, 2015

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

April 20, 2015


October 5, 2016

Why is Kilingon incubating before actual human languages that people actually want to learn?

August 16, 2015

Yeah! Elvish would be way better. :P

October 16, 2015

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

July 5, 2016

Never mind I on my bros account!! Woops!

July 5, 2016

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

July 5, 2016

Anybody interested in contributing to the japanese course for english speakers? Please apply there: choose "japanese" for "english" speakers. Thank you! :)

May 25, 2014

What are the requirements for contributing? aka, how proficient in both do you need to be?

February 19, 2016

Fluent or near fluent, from what I understand.

February 19, 2016

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.

February 19, 2016

You could always apply just in case and let them assess your application. :)

February 19, 2016

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:

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: This forum is full of tips and explainations, with a very active community.

January 11, 2014

@liligilder, I love Tae Kim's! Added!

EDIT: Wow, the Koohii forum looks amazing!

March 25, 2014

will try it

March 26, 2015

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

June 23, 2014

Please see my post below. Maybe it will help you!

October 5, 2016

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

July 10, 2014

omg me tooo!!

March 5, 2015

me 3

March 26, 2015

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

April 27, 2015

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:; 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!

October 5, 2016

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.

October 8, 2016

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.

December 22, 2016
February 5, 2017

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

September 15, 2014

Same with me! :3

October 2, 2014

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!

April 27, 2015

Well, everyone has their own opinion. I'm so used to it, that I can listen and read and watch at the same time ;)

April 27, 2015

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

April 28, 2015

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 ◉\

October 27, 2014

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:

July 4, 2015

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

August 24, 2014

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

January 5, 2015

Bring Japanese for Duolingo!

July 13, 2015

Give Japanese language to the people...

September 15, 2015

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.

September 16, 2015

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

September 17, 2015

Well, I want to contribute my own English-Japanese dictionary Comments are welcomed!

December 15, 2015

Please take this lingot, you deserve it

December 15, 2015

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

May 18, 2017

I was waiting like a motjer ❤❤❤❤❤❤ for that japanese :D

May 18, 2017

Same here. Checking the site like a freak since morning for the course. But have you checked out memrise app for japanese, its still good but not good as duo.

May 18, 2017

Yes, me too! I am there studying already, but as you said,duo is duo. :D i have reached JLPT3 in Japanese. If you want some help i am here :)

May 18, 2017

JLPT3!!!! Que estudioso! I have to say that. :P Yeah sure, it would be great to have your help. I can see both of us talking in japanese in the future. ;) By the way are you learning those kanji and hiragana characters.

May 18, 2017

Ofc I am :D 私は自分の大学で日本語が勉強しています。(I am studying Japanese language at my college)

May 18, 2017

We can study together. Sure :D Do you maybe speak some language like Arabic, Hindu..? :O I would LOVE to learn arabic :)

May 18, 2017


September 1, 2014

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

September 1, 2014

Watashi mo, for Android app

July 12, 2015


October 2, 2014


October 16, 2014

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. :(

November 7, 2014

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.

November 7, 2014

:D Agreed

November 7, 2014

[deactivated user]

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

    September 20, 2015

    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.

    September 21, 2015

    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.

    January 7, 2016

    The japanese for english speakers course is due to be released into beta tomorrow!

    May 17, 2017

    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

    October 19, 2013

    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.

    July 13, 2015

    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.

    July 13, 2015

    You're already a reader of Tofugu, so you probably already know of 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!

    March 25, 2014

    @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!

    March 25, 2014

    @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。

    March 27, 2014

    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! :)

    March 27, 2014

    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.)

    June 23, 2014

    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.

    June 26, 2014

    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.)

    June 26, 2014

    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)

    June 26, 2014

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

    June 26, 2014

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

    June 26, 2014

    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.

    April 8, 2015



    August 28, 2014

    Yatta! Kakkouii desu yo! ;)


    You're getting there :)

    August 28, 2014

    i want japanese too i hope it comes out soon

    August 31, 2014


    October 16, 2014

    私も! = watashi mo! = me too!

    July 12, 2015


    October 16, 2014


    March 5, 2015

    I really want them to have Japanese!!!

    October 22, 2014

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

    October 24, 2014

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

    October 24, 2014

    bwahah! its gonna be aweeesome!

    February 9, 2015

    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

    March 2, 2015

    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. ;)

    March 3, 2015


    April 1, 2015

    Will learn esperanto while waiting for it

    July 16, 2015

    duolingo is not leting me do japanese

    July 30, 2015

    Duolingo does not have a Japanese course at this time.

    July 30, 2015

    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 and the super awesome weblio 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)

    September 6, 2015

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

    Sincerely, Doktoro Aleksandro Poligloto

    October 30, 2015

    Eager to see Japanese for English Speakers

    December 17, 2015

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

    December 17, 2015

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

    December 17, 2015

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

    February 6, 2016


    February 18, 2016

    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

    February 21, 2016

    2 years ago... any updates?

    March 16, 2016

    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.

    March 24, 2016

    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:

    July 16, 2016

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

    September 28, 2016

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

    December 9, 2016

    And now, it's here!

    June 12, 2017

    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..

    May 5, 2014

    Mouseover heidig86 > 2nd option (which is settings) There is a menu on the right hand side > Once again click the 2nd option (Learning language)

    May 6, 2014

    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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    Don't forget to save. ^_^

    May 7, 2014

    <you are soooooo good in Spanish keep it up>

    March 21, 2015

    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:

    May 10, 2014

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

    May 11, 2014

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

    May 11, 2014

    Still the same really unbelievable !!!!

    July 16, 2015

    Thanks for the info!

    May 26, 2014

    can't wait!!!!!

    June 19, 2014

    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!

    August 11, 2014


    September 5, 2014

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

    September 10, 2014

    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!

    September 10, 2014

    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

    September 11, 2014

    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.

    September 11, 2014

    Anyone have an idea of when this course will begin?

    October 16, 2014

    I really don't know, I hope soon, we all hope!

    October 16, 2014

    So interested in learning Japanese! not a weeaboo... heavy breathing and hesitating intestifies

    October 27, 2014

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

    November 1, 2014

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

    November 5, 2014

    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.

    November 7, 2014

    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 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! :)

    November 7, 2014

    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? :)

    November 18, 2014

    I am eager to speak and write Japanese ...

    November 19, 2014

    So am I..

    November 19, 2014

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

    December 15, 2014

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

    January 3, 2015

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

    February 4, 2015

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

    February 5, 2015

    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!

    February 5, 2015

    thanks. :D

    February 5, 2015

    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.

    February 27, 2015

    It isn't perfect but try this

    March 26, 2015

    I love that website! It also has other websites for other languages, like !

    April 1, 2015

    Arigato guosaimasu!

    April 21, 2015

    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.

    April 23, 2015

    Really? Where?!

    April 23, 2015

    please do it soon

    May 6, 2015

    I want to learn Spanish through English

    May 22, 2015

    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 :|

    June 12, 2015

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

    June 12, 2015

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

    June 12, 2015

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

    June 17, 2015

    Not that I´ve read.

    June 17, 2015


    June 18, 2015

    I want to learn Japanese to understand all anime and manga

    June 17, 2015

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

    June 17, 2015

    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 : )

    July 5, 2015

    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.

    July 5, 2015

    If you like to learn 2000+ kanji asap , Remember the Kanji book (google it) + 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.

    July 6, 2015

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

    July 12, 2015

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

    July 14, 2015

    i dont see japanese on the list

    July 26, 2015

    i want to see what konnechuwa looks like

    July 30, 2015

    konnichiwa ・こんにちは・今日は

    July 30, 2015


    September 20, 2015

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

    November 5, 2015

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

    December 15, 2015

    Ok, this is cool!!!!!

    February 8, 2016

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

    February 10, 2016


    March 17, 2016

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

    April 27, 2016

    i like japaneses won hon jon

    May 25, 2016

    dude yes i downloaded duolingo for german, japanese and hungarian

    June 12, 2016

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

    June 17, 2016

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

    June 19, 2016

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

    June 19, 2016

    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^

    June 22, 2016

    It's been awhile, has the Japanese duolingo been canceled?

    July 1, 2016

    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!

    July 3, 2016

    I don't understand how all these random language's courses are getting completed but Japanese has been put on hold forever!

    July 5, 2016

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

    July 25, 2016
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    Not even that.

    July 26, 2016

    what are they waiting for ;-;

    July 29, 2016

    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

    August 22, 2016

    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).

    August 25, 2016

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

    September 13, 2016

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

    October 3, 2016

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

    October 5, 2016

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

    October 9, 2016

    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!

    October 17, 2016

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

    October 31, 2016


    November 24, 2016

    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.

    November 30, 2016

    Huh three years ago ok.

    December 21, 2016

    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?

    January 16, 2017

    It's in Incubator now!!!

    February 9, 2017

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

    February 15, 2017

    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?

    March 2, 2017

    I'm not certain that section is as up to date as the Incubator is. Here you go: :)

    March 2, 2017

    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.

    March 2, 2017

    thank you for the resources :)

    March 17, 2017

    The course is supposedly around two months away!

    March 17, 2017

    How do you know?

    March 17, 2017

    On the incubator page it says the estimated date is May 15th

    March 18, 2017

    3 years later still no Japaneze

    March 28, 2017

    So does anyone know why the course didn't go into beta yesterday??

    May 19, 2017

    Oh... it's only on IOS for now :( hope my old iPhone 4S is up for the challenge

    May 19, 2017

    It's coming to android and desktop in a few weeks :(

    May 19, 2017

    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!

    May 24, 2017

    I want anime

    June 8, 2017

    Dou itashmashite.

    June 12, 2017

    I agree

    June 23, 2017
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