I’ve been learning Japanese on Duolingo for about a month now. I’ve taken it slow, taking my time so what I learn sticks.
I’ve learned some handy basics so far, but the coolest thing I’ve done is make this meme:
I shared in on Twitter when I created it, and actually received correction to the text I had. I had a mistake before, but I also had a chance to learn from and correct that mistake.
I remember reading that Japanese fluency requires knowledge of about 2000 kanji the last time I started learning some Japanese. With Duolingo, in just a month a learned 19 to get me started.
- 水 (water)
- 食べ (eat)
- 中国 (China)
- 日本 (Japan, can be paired with 語 to be Japanese)
- 飲む (drink)
- 人 (used in constructions to say someone is from a place)
- 学生 (student)
- 先生 (teacher)
- 私 (I)
- 語 (language)
- 何 (what)
- 英 (English)
- 名 (name)
- 一 (one)
- 二 (two)
- 三 (three)
- 時 (time)
- 今 (now)
- 分 (minutes)
There should be one more on the list but I forgot what it meant and how to use it. So I have some review to do to there.
Japanese is definitely a difficult language to learn, but I’m making progress. In one month I learned how to talk about being from certain places, how to talk about time, and how to talk about food. Now I just need to learn how to ask about the bathroom and I’ll be all set!
This was just my first month of learning Japanese using solely Duolingo. As I progress I plan to incorporate other resources such as Tofugu, Youtube videos teaching Japanese, and videos from Japanese people in Japanese.