DuoLingo Japanese is Here!

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わーい!!!

Yay!!!

Duolingo Japanese is here! (iOS only for now)

If you’re not new to learning Japanese, there is an option to test your skills to determine your learning level. Every level has an option for testing out, actually.

I was able to test out of all of the hiragana levels and a few others, which made me feel pretty good about my learning progress so far. 🙂

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My Thoughts So Far

The Duolingo app is another free option for learning Japanese that’s worth giving a try. It has around 40 levels total, covering a wide variety of topics. So far, it’s okay. I’m a bit of a Memrise junkie, though, so that will most likely be my go-to learning application.

If you’ve never used Duolingo for learning, it does take a little getting used to. For example, sometimes words/phrases are introduced without an introduction. To figure out what they are, just tap the colored/underlined section and an explanation should pop up.

I’d never seen the phrase: といいます until I saw it today.  As you can see, it roughly means I am called/it is called/my name is/etc. So when introducing yourself you can say:

はじめまして,(your name)といいます。

hajimemashite,(your name), toiimasu.

Nice to meet you, my name is (your name).

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Have you tried it yet? What are your thoughts?

Thanks for reading!

Shiga Shar

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ありがとう // Arigatou // Thank you!

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Usagi’s Hiragana & Katakana Drag-n-Drop Game

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Usgai’s Hiragana Drag-n-Drop Game is a simple way to quiz yourself on your hiragana knowledge. Simply click on the hiragana with your mouse and drag it into the correct sound space. There’s also a timer at the bottom of the game square, if you fancy that sort of thing.

I memorized hiragana and katakana using the Memrise app, but enjoyed using these on the side to help reinforce what I’ve learned.

Using multiple learning tools is a great way to strengthen your learning, and keeps you from getting a rut with just one study method or resource. 

There’s also a Katakana version HERE.

Technology Required: PC with Flash Player

Price: FREE

Language Level: Absolute Beginner

Link to the hiragana game here: http://www.csus.edu/indiv/s/sheaa/projects/genki/hiragana-timer.html

 

Thanks for reading!

Shiga Shar

If you enjoyed this post or learned something new, please share it on social media and consider donating a few bucks toward my 2017 Goodwill trip to Shiga through PayPal.

ありがとう // Arigatou // Thank you!

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10 Instagram Accounts to Follow if You’re Learning Japanese

If you’re not currently utilizing Instagram in your language learning, you’re missing out big time.

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One way to use Instagram for learning a new language is as a “studygram,” where you post your daily handwriting practice, journal entries, etc. to hold yourself accountable and track progress. Following other studygram accounts for your target language is also a great way to hold each other accountable, learn together, and make new friends. 🙂

The other way to use Instagram for learning a new language is by following people who offer daily lessons or learning tips. I do follow some of these people on Facebook, too, but I try to avoid Facebook as much as possible these days since it seems like most posts are political and/or negative junk I’d rather not contaminate my good vibes.

Now on to the list!

@tofugu

Honestly, this doesn’t even need an explanation does it? Tofugu is the like the ultimate place to be following on every social media platform if you’re learning Japanese or need to satisfy your regular Japanophile cravings.

Language Level: Beginner to Advanced

@yukiko_ymgw

Daily posts of Japanese proverbs and lessons by a helpful Japanese native speaker.

Language Level: Intermediate to Advanced

@aringoaday

Daily posts of a Japanese word with an adorable illustration. There’s usually a helpful explanation in the caption, as well. Ringo in Japanese means apple, so A Ringo a Day is a play on words of the phrase, “An Apple a Day.”

Language Level: Beginner

@easyjapan_lessons (Crunchy Nihongo)

Mini grammar and vocabulary lessons. The Crunchy Nihongo website is a treasure trove of learning resources, too. They even have an app. (Android only at the moment)

Language Level: Beginner to Advanced

@japanese_langauge_mlc 

Instagram account for the MLC Japanese Language school in Tokyo. They always post great learning content, and a have a number of free resources and lessons available on their website. Material is organized by JLPT learning levels.  I’ve learned TONS thanks to MLC. They rock!

Language Level: Beginner to Advanced

@learn_japanese_with_nekomanga

Learn Japanese with this adorable cat comic. (Neko = cat, manga = comic book). Lots of romaji, which can be helpful for new learners. Having the context of the comic really helps reinforce the language learning. Plus, it’s just so darn cute!

Language Level: Beginner to Intermediate

@dailyjapanese

A mix of vocabulary and grammar. Most posts also include an audio file to hear pronunciation.

Language Level: Beginner to Intermediate

@kanzengrammar

Vocabulary, grammar, proverbs with well-written explanations by Romy Ellis, a native Japanese speaker and teacher.

Language Level: Beginner to Advanced

@aki.land.japonesemcores

Such a pretty page to follow. Vocabulary is taught using kana on sticky-notes next to pleasant visuals to really reinforce language learning. I believe the IG user is a native Spanish speaker, so some captions include Spanish, but it shouldn’t hold English speakers back from reading and learning from the content.

Language Level: Beginner

@japanglish616

Simple useful phrases in Japanese with a cute little illustration. This is mostly beginner level content, but you’ll definitely need to know your kana for sure.

Language Level: Beginner to Intermediate

BONUS #11 TO FOLLOW:

@renshuu

Renshuu means practice in Japanese. I meant to include this originally, but I didn’t think they had an IG account. But they do! やーた!!!!Yay!!! I really love the kawaii comic style of learning. Again, having context when learning is such a huge help for me when reinforcing what I’m learning.

Language Level: Beginner to Intermediate

Thanks for reading!

Shiga Shar

If you enjoyed this post or learned something new, please share it on social media and consider donating a few bucks toward my 2017 Goodwill trip to Shiga through PayPal.

ありがとう // Arigatou // Thank you!

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