Duolingo does Japanese

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Duolingo Japaneseって、Big Newsですね!

If you’re unfamiliar with Duolingo, it’s definitely worth checking out; it’s a really clever platform that, at the upper levels, actually turns the community of learners into a crowdsourced translation powerhouse.   The app can be downloaded from itunes for free and, to my knowledge, doesn’t ever ask learners to purchase anything.

They have been offering courses for learning a few languages and slowly adding to the list, but they’ve just announced that they’re moving forward with Japanese as a target language for speakers of English.   There’s a great article about the project on the Duolingo website, and I also saw a nice write-up by the Japan Times.

頑張ってください!

礼問答 (レイモンド)

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Japanese language learning through commercials:ルル・アンド・むじんくん

In putting together this post, I was once again struck by the amazing array of tools that language learners have at their disposal nowadays.  Relatively speaking, I had an easy time finding copies of old commercials, manipulating media, mixing it together with my whiteboard doodles, and then sharing it back here.  Exciting!

As you’ll hear in the video that I put together, I’ve been hit with a bit of a cold this week— I was thinking of buying some medicine (we seem to be out) and a memory of some Japanese cold medicine came to mind.   As it happens, this commercial was how I learned the word “効く”, and the tune has always stayed with me.

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