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Japanese is a Japonic language spoken mainly in Japan by roughly 125 million total speakers.
This course was created by the Duolingo staff and released on the website version on October 11th, 2017.
Notes[edit | edit source]
As of January 2016, Duolingo staff noted that for Japanese:
"The biggest challenge for us is teaching the writing system. Duolingo currently does not have a good way of teaching new character sets, but we’ll be working on that soon", Luis von Ahn (2016) .
As of the summer 2017, Japanese is available to English speakers on Android and Apple devices, which first teach a few characters then teach simple words employing them. The first words taught are the counting words for one to four i.e. ichi, ni, san, yon.
Input methods[edit | edit source]
Main article: Guide to keyboard layouts and input methods
External resources[edit | edit source]
Dictionaries[edit | edit source]
- Midori for iPad (paid) (Dictionary,Flashcards,Search and Translate,Lists and Bookmarks,No internet required.
- Tangorin online dictionary
- Nihongo Master Online Japanese Dictionary (Words and Kanji and Example Sentences)
Grammar references[edit | edit source]
- Tae Kim's Guide to Learning Japanese (website, Android app, e-book)
Pronunciation[edit | edit source]
- Forvo Japanese
- Human Japanese
- Wiktionary has pronunciation for many Japanese words, in addition to romaji and kana for pronunciation of kanji.
Listening comprehension[edit | edit source]
Writing practice[edit | edit source]
- Hiragana and Katakana
- Japanese-lesson.com's YouTube channel (Containing two extensive video courses for Hiragana and Katakana)
- Practice sheets
- https://www.wanikani.com/ (Learn and practice kanji and vocabulary)
Language learning platforms[edit | edit source]
- Elon.io (For learning and practicing grammar & vocabulary, kanji & kana, and for (video) chat with peers)
- https://busuu.com (To learn and practice grammar and vocabulary, practice writing and have it graded by native speakers, and to live chat with Japanese speakers)
- Lingoci Japanese tutoring via Skype (1-on-1 tutoring with experienced, native Japanese tutors. Cost is $20-$25 per hour. They offer a free trial session. Great for improving your speaking and pronunciation.)
- http://en-us.wespeke.com/index.html (Live chat with native speakers of nearly any language)
- Nihongo Master (Learn Japanese online with lessons, tools and a big community)
Miscellaneous[edit | edit source]
- Tofugu Sensei (Has a little bit of everything that is Japanese related. High quality.)
- Sublearning - Movie subtitle flash card quiz in Japanese and many other languages
- Free Japanese Flashcards